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For the second straight year, Tennessee leads the way in the classroom among Southeastern Conference members with 25 football student-athletes earning positions on the Fall 2006 SEC Academic Honor Roll.

That increases to 97 the number of UT football student-athletes who have been selected for the conference academic honor over the last four years. Prior to this season, 30 Vols made the list in 2005, 22 were selected in 2004 and 20 in 2003.

"We are very proud of our young men who made the team," head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "Their efforts and the tremendous support system at UT is to be complimented."

Fulmer now has produced 239 SEC Academic Honor Roll qualifiers in 14 seasons, an average that has risen to better than 17 per year.

Florida was second among SEC football student-athletes with 24, followed by Kentucky and Vanderbilt with 23 apiece.

"Balancing both their demanding football schedule and challenging academic responsibilities speaks volumes to these student's discipline and responsibility to themselves, the university, and to the team," said Fernandez West, associate director of the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center. "It is an esteemed accomplishment to lead the SEC in this category for consecutive years."

Tennessee student-athletes making their fourth appearances on the honor roll were quarterback Jim Bob Cooter and place-kicker James Wilhoit, both in graduate school sports studies programs.

Third-time recipients were fullback Adam Gillem (sport management), quarterback Bo Hardegree (exercise science) and wide receiver Casey Woods (sports studies, master?s).

Those earning honors for the second time were quarterback Erik Ainge (political science), offensive lineman Stephen Darville (sport management), quarterback Dylan Dickey (finance), wide receiver Doug Edgar (mechanical engineering), fullback Ryan Hill (biology), offensive lineman Cameron Mayo (political science) and tailback-punter Todd Vinson (sociology-criminal justice).

Footballers making their first appearances were wide receiver-defensive back Bram Cannon (arts and sciences), tight end Jeff Cottam (business) deep snapper Morgan Cox (business), wide receiver Kris Fant (economics), defensive back Brent Freeman (journalism and electronic media), wide receiver Bill Grimes (sport management), linebacker Adam Myers-White (sport management), wide receiver Antoine Ott-Terrell (biology), defensive back Jarod Parrish (exercise science), wide receiver Austin Rogers (business), offensive-defensive lineman Cody Sullins (arts and sciences) offensive-defensive lineman Cory Sullins (arts and sciences) and offensive lineman Ben Weisensel (business).

FALL 2006 SEC FOOTBALL HONOR ROLL: TENNESSEE 25, Florida 24, Kentucky 23, Vanderbilt 23, LSU 17, Mississippi State 19, South Carolina 18, Auburn 16, Georgia 16, Alabama 13, Arkansas 12, Mississippi 12.


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