Cougs at the head of the class

BEING RECOGNIZED FOR ACADEMIC HONORS is becoming a habit for the Washington State football program under Paul Wulff. In 2008, the Cougars under Wulff tied for tops in the Pac-10 for the most honorees named to the Pac-10 Conference All-Academic team. In 2009, they did it again. This year, WSU led all schools in first team selections with seven.

In addition to their conference leading seven first team picks, WSU had one second-team selection and four student-athletes named honorable mention.

Leading the way for WSU were seniors Micah Hannam and Chima Nwachukwu -- each was named to the first team for the third consecutive season.

Hannam, an offensive tackle, is a civil engineering major who carries a 3.58 grade point average. Nwachukwu, a safety from Allen, Texas, boasts a 3.85 GPA as a political science major.

Nwachukwu has earned a 4.0 GPA each of his last four semesters.

Also earning first-team honors were senior center Chris Prummer, a zoology major from Renton, Wash., with a 3.90 GPA; senior defensive ends Casey Hamlett, a 3.77 management and operations major from Edmonds, Wash., with a 3.77 GPA, and Kevin Kooyman, a management and operations major from Maple Valley, Wash. who carries a 3.18 GPA; junior wide receiver Jared Karstetter from Spokane, Wash., who has a 3.55 GPA in zoology; and sophomore safety Kyle McCartney, an Edmonds, Wash., product who maintains a 3.87 GPA in entrepreneurship.

Prummer and Kooyman were each named to the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team for the second consecutive year.

The Cougs placed 12 footballers total on the Pac-10 Academic teams.

Sophomore Andrei Lintz, a tight end from Meridian, Wash., was named to the second team as he carries a 3.70 GPA in sport management.

Wide receiver Daniel Blackledge, a senior communication major (3.01 GPA) from Colorado Springs, Colo., sophomore tight end Skylar Stormo, a finance major (3.09) from Everett, Wash., redshirt freshman defensive tackle Justin Clayton from Napa, Calif. and redshirt freshman linebacker Darren Markle from Meridian, Idaho, were all named honorable mention. Clayton and Markle have yet to declare majors and carry a 3.01 and 3.11 GPA, respectively.

To be eligible for selection to the Pac-10 academic team, a student-athlete must be either a starter or significant substitute and have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.

First team Pac-10 Academic Team selections by School:
1. Washington State: 7
2. Stanford: 4
3. Arizona: 3
3. Oregon: 3
5. Arizona State: 2
5. Oregon State: 2
5. UCLA: 2
8. California: 1
8. Washington: 1
10.USC: 0

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