A senior from Mason, Ohio, Munoz has started all 44 career games in which he has appeared. He was named Academic All-SEC in 2002 and 2003 and has served as a team captain in 2003 and 2004.
''It's a wonderful honor for Michael and his family,'' head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "We're very proud of him. To get recognized as one of the best in the country, is a real honor.''
Each scholar-athlete receives an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship and on the evening of Dec. 7, one of them will receive the Draddy Trophy as the top scholar-athlete in the nation, increasing the scholarship to $25,000.
Munoz joins five other Vols who have been named national scholar-athletes by the College Football Hall of Fame: Neyle Sollee (1959), Bob Johnson (1967), Don Denbo (1970), Mike Mauck (1976) and Peyton Manning (1997).
To be eligible for a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame post-graduate fellowship, the nominee must be a senior or graduate student in his final year of eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have shown superior academic application and performance, have outstanding football ability as a first team player, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.