Six Cougs named to All-Academic Team

PULLMAN -- Linebacker <b>Pat Bennett</b>, tight end <b>Troy Bienemann</b> and offensive lineman <b>Riley Fitt-Chappell</b> headlined a list of six Washington State representatives on the 2004 Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team announced Tuesday.

Senior linebacker Pat Bennett was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team for the third time in his career at Washington State.

The Forks, Wash., native carries a 3.43 grade point average as a hotel administration major.  "Pat has had a tremendous career as a Cougar both on and off the field," Washington State coach Bill Doba said. "He was an awesome young man to be around and I wish we had him here for a few more years."

Bennett was joined by juniors Troy Bienemann and Riley Fitt-Chappell on the first team.

"Troy really battled all season for us," Doba said. "He was never quite up to par health-wise after the Arizona game and I'm really proud of the way he fought through that. He is a hard-working young man and being selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic team again is proof of that."

Bienemann was also named to the first team in 2003 and earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII team this past weekBienemann owns the highest grade point average of any player in the conference selected to the first team, a 3.75 in communication.  Fitt-Chappell earned first team honors on the strength of his 3.49 grade point average in management information systems.

Kevin McCall (3.21) and Matt Mullennix (3.35) were named to the second team in their first year of eligibility. Fellow redshirt freshman Alex Brink earned honorable mention with a 3.48 in Sport Management.

Cougars On The Pac-10 All-Academic Team

Troy Bienemann       First Team      3.75  Communication
Riley Fitt-Chappell  First Team      3.49  MIS
Pat Bennett          First Team      3.43  Hotel Admin.
Kevin McCall         Second Team     3.21  Undeclared
Matt Mullennix       Second Team     3.35  Business Admin.
Alex Brink           Hon. Mention    3.48  Sport Management

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