BIG EAST Announces 1999 All-Academic Football Team
Davis, Wolfe earn back-to-back selections.
January 28, 2000

Providence, R.I. - Twenty-four repeat selections highlight a record 55 student-athletes named to the 1999 BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team, the league announced. Syracuse senior offensive tackle Mark Baniewicz and West Virginia senior fullback Mark Plants were selected for the fourth time in their careers, the eighth and ninth players in conference history to accomplish the feat. It is also the fourth straight season the league has set a new high for number of All-Academic Team members.

"These players are the top student-athletes BIG EAST football has to offer," Commissioner Michael Tranghese said. "We are very proud to honor them with these selections."

Seven players were honored for the third time in their careers. Miami had three players receive their third selection - linebacker Patrick Del Vecchio, strong safety Jeff Popovich and wide receiver Michael Stewart. Fullback Ryan Burch and defensive lineman Patrick Kneib of Boston College, Pittsburgh defensive back Seth Hornack and Syracuse running back Kyle Johnson were also selected for the third time.

Fifteen players have earned back-to-back selections - fullback Ryan Utzler of Boston College, offensive tackle Joaquin Gonzalez, wideout Andre King and fullback William McPartland of Miami, defensive back Mark Ponko of Pittsburgh, offensive linemen Karl Mayall and Jeremy Womack and placekicker Lee McDonald of Rutgers, wide receiver Jeff Lowe and defensive back Ian McIntosh of Syracuse, wideout André Davis and linebacker Benny Wolfe of Virginia Tech and wide receiver Seth Abraham, fullback Jeremy Knapp and defensive tackle Greg Robinette of West Virginia.

Four All-BIG EAST choices, Baniewicz (first team), Davis and WVU's Anthony Becht and Mark Fazzolari (second team), made the squad. Five graduate students and 12 seniors made this year's team. Twelve juniors, 12 sophomores and 14 freshmen were chosen. Boston College, Miami and West Virginia tied for the most honorees with 10. The Mountaineers have the most all-time selections with 61 in the first nine seasons of BIG EAST play.

The team recognizes letterwinners who have posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better. Student-athletes who have completed a minimum of two semesters of academic work are eligible. It is the ninth consecutive season the BIG EAST has honored its student-athletes with an academic honor roll.

1999 BIG EAST FOOTBALL ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
NameClassPos.MajorHometown
Andre DavisSophomoreFLResidential Property Mgt.Niskayuna, N.Y.
Chris KrebsSophomoreROVManagement ScienceBurke, Va.
Benny WolfeJuniorLBFinanceGate City, Va.