WVU Football Tops Big East Academics Again

For an unprecedented twelfth consecutive season, West Virginia again put more players on the Big East All-Academic football team than any other school.

Jay Henry, the 2006 BIG EAST/Aéropostale Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, leads a group of 80 student-athletes named to the 2006 BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team. West Virginia

"This group of student-athletes has excelled both on the field and in the classroom," said BIG EAST Commissioner Michael Tranghese. "The BIG EAST is extremely proud to honor the entire 2006 all-academic football team."

Henry, along with Mountaineer center Dan Mozes, were honored for the fourth consecutive year. Only Rutgers' Brian Leonard matched that feat this year. Mozes and fellow linemate Ryan Stanchek were also two of only 11 players who received both BIG EAST All-Conference football and academic honors this year.

West Virginia again had the most student-athletes selected to the all-academic team -- this year totalling 18. The Mountaineers also have the most all-time selections with 149 in 16 seasons of BIG EAST play.

The All-Academic Team recognizes letterwinners who have posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Student-athletes who have completed a minimum of two semesters of academic work and earned a letter are eligible. It is the 15th consecutive season the BIG EAST has honored its student-athletes with an academic team.

West Virginia players on the team include Andy Emery, Jake Figner, Tito Gonzales, Ovid Goulbourne, Bobby Hathaway, Jay Henry, Greg Isdaner, Dorrell Jalloh, Justin Knapp, Brandon Lavelle, Pat Liebig, Tim Lindsey, Marc Magro, Pat McAfee, Dan Mozes, Doug Slavonic, Ryan Stanchek and Reed Williams.

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