Wilhoit gets academic award

DALLAS - Former Tennessee placekicker James Wilhoit was named this week to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame's inaugural National Honor Society, composed of college football players from all divisions who maintain a 3.2 GPA or better.

A total of 345 players from 195 NCAA and NAIA schools earned recognition as part of the inaugural class.

James Wilhoit, who finished his UT career second on the Vols' all-time scoring list with 325 points, previously was named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team for football. The Hendersonville native also was a Draddy Award semifinalist and three-time Academic All-Southeastern Conference, in addition to earning consensus All-SEC honors in 2006 for his placekicking skills.

"The inaugural class of the Honor Society contains an outstanding group of young men who simply set the standard for excellence on and off the field, and we are proud to showcase their accomplishments as a powerful example of football's unique ability to produce the next generation of great leaders," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "We anticipate that the program will grow dramatically in the coming years, and we project recognizing hundreds of more student-athletes each year as people learn about the qualifications for membership and submit additional nominations."

Qualifications for membership in the inaugural NFF National Honor Society include:

* Being a starter or a significant substitute in one's last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, or an NAIA college or university;

* Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and

* Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

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