Six Hokies Make BIG EAST Academic Football Team
The Beat
January 30, 2003

Providence, R.I. - Miami's Matt Walters heads a group of 69 student-athletes named to the 2002 BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team, the league announced. The senior defensive tackle is the winner of the BIG EAST/Aéropostale Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. He receives a $2,000 scholarship which may be applied to graduate or professional studies.

A native of Melbourne, Fla., Walters excelled in all aspects at Miami. A team captain, he has played in every game for the Hurricanes the last two seasons. The senior, touted by his coaches as the squad's best defensive lineman, finished sixth on the squad overall with 64 tackles. He posted a 4.9 tackle average, fifth among BIG EAST defensive linemen. He also had 6.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and 17 quarterback hurries. He was named to the Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team at the end of the regular season along with teammate Jonathan Vilma.

In the classroom and off the field, Walters is also impressive. He is on course to earn a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has produced a 3.48 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. He is a four-time member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team and has also been chosen for the Miami Provost and Athletic Director's honor rolls. He is one of four Hurricanes (Jim Wilson, Joaquin Gonzalez, Michael Stewart) to be named to the BIG EAST academic squad four times. Walters has also been active in the community as a United Way Fundraising Volunteer and as part of "Canes On Patrol", a program administered in conjunction with the Broward County Sheriff's Office. He has also participated in "Red Ribbon Week", an anti-drug youth program at Miami.

The BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Awards were established to recognize student-athletes who have achieved success in the classroom and on the field. The BIG EAST Male, Female and Men?s and Women?s Basketball Scholar-Athletes will be announced prior to and in conjunction with the BIG EAST Men?s & Women?s Basketball Championships on March 7 and 11. Opened in 1987, Aéropostale, Inc. is a fast-growing, specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories that targets both men and women. The company provides customers with a focused selection of high-quality, active-oriented, fashion basic merchandise at compelling values in a high-energy, entertaining store environment. As of January 2003, Aéropostale operated 365 stores in 35 states. The company also has a web site at

Forty-one repeat selections were included on the BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team. Five players - Walters and Jim Wilson of Miami, Pittsburgh's Brian Beinecke and A.J. Nastasi and Lance Nimmo of West Virginia - were honored for the fourth time. Their honors increased to 24 the total of four-time winners in BIG EAST history.

"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."

Fourteen additional players were named for the third time in their careers, while 22 earned recognition for the second time. Six players lauded for their play on the field in the fall made the academic squad. Miami's Ken Dorsey (offense) and Nate Jones of Rutgers (special teams) shared their respective Player of the Year awards. Both were on the All-BIG EAST First Team along with Vilma, Nimmo and UM's Brett Romberg. Boston College's Sandro Sciortino was picked for the all-conference second team.

Boston College, Miami, Pittsburgh and West Virginia tied for the most honorees with 10. The Mountaineers have the most all-time selections with 91 in 12 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 are eligible. It is the 11th consecutive season the BIG EAST has honored its student-athletes with an academic team.

Virginia Tech
Jacob GibsonJuniorOGHistoryRocky Mount, Va.
Billy HardeeSeniorROVFoods, Nutrition & ExerciseWinter Haven, Fla.
Ken KeisterSeniorLSPhysical EducationRadford, Va.
Jeff KingRedshirt Fr.TEFinancePulaski, Va.
Chris ShreveJuniorSEHuman Nutrition, Foods & ExerciseMouth of Wilson, Va.
Jordan TrottRedshirt Fr.LBBusinessTorrance, Calif.
Boston College
Doug BessetteGrad. StudentSSAccountingRaynham, Mass.
Francois BrochuJuniorLSFinanceSt. Augustin, Quebec, Canada
DuJuan DanielsGrad. StudentWRHigher Education Admin.Indianapolis, Ind.
Augie HoffmannSeniorOGEnglish Parkridge, N.J.
Kevin McMylerGrad. StudentPPsychologyDallas, Texas
Quinton PorterSophomoreQBArts & SciencesPortland, Maine
Sandro SciortinoSeniorPKCommunicationsMarkham, Ontario, Canada
Greg ToalSeniorFBEnglishWyckoff, N.J.
Shaun ToofGrad. StudentWRAdministrative StudiesMillis, Mass.
Derek WebleyJuniorWRAccountingMethuen, Mass.
Ken DorseySeniorQBMarketingOrinda, Calif.
Alejandro GarciaSophomoreOLInformation Miami, Fla.
Quadtrine HillRedshirt Fr.RBBusiness AdministrationSunrise, Fla.
Kelly JenningsRedshirt Fr.DBFinanceLive Oak, Fla.
Joel RodriguezSophomoreOLCommunication/News JournalismMiami, Fla.
Brett RombergSeniorCGraduate Studies/Sports AdministrationWindsor, Ontario, Canada
James SikoraJuniorOLCivil EngineeringMarathon, Fla.
Jonathan VilmaJuniorLBFinanceCoral Gables, Fla.
Matthew WaltersSeniorDTMechanical EngineeringMelbourne, Fla.
Jim WilsonSeniorOTBiomedical EngineeringDavie, Fla.
Brian BeineckeSeniorLBPhysical TherapyYoungstown, Ohio
Vincent CrochunisSophomoreDLPolitical ScienceSchuylkill Haven, Pa.
Brian GuzekSeniorDLMechanical EngineeringLibrary, Pa.
Daniel LaCarteJuniorOLBusiness ManagementCharleroi, Pa.
Brandon MireeJuniorRBPublic AdministrationCincinnati, Ohio
Chad ReedSeniorCCommunications & RhetoricLatrobe, Pa.
Yogi RothJuniorWRPolitical ScienceDalton, Pa.
Daniel StephensSophomoreDLUrban StudiesWheeling, W. Va.
Gary UrschlerSeniorDBBusiness Accounting & FinancePittsburgh, Pa.
Kris WilsonJuniorTEEconomicsLancaster, Pa.
Jerry AndreSophomoreWRUndeclaredMiami, Fla.
Jereme BakerJuniorRBHistoryJacksonville, N.J.
Mike ClancySophomoreOLUndeclaredDover Township, N.J.
Nate JonesJuniorCBFinanceScotch Plains, N.J.
Chris LoomisSophomoreTEUndeclaredMaple Shade, N.J.
Ray PilchJuniorFBCriminal JusticePiscataway, N.J.
Mark SegaloffSophomoreOLUndeclaredToms Rivers, N.J.
Alfred PetersonSophomoreDEUndeclaredOpa-Locka, Fla.
Marty PyszczymukaSeniorCEconomicsNewton, N.J.
Tim CarignanRedshirt Fr.OGPhysical EducationBelmont, N.J.
Lenny CusumanoJuniorTEPhysical EducationWest Paterson, N.J.
Dave DeAmatoJuniorLSPolicy StudiesWilmington, Mass.
Ray HenningsSeniorOLPolitical Science/EconomicsNewport, N.Y.
Nick RomeoJuniorCMechanical EngineeringTarpon Springs, Fla.
Rich ScanlonJuniorLBHealth & Exercise ScienceOrangeburg, N.Y.
Matt TarulloSophomoreOGPsychologyAlbany, N.Y.
Josh ThomasJuniorDEPsychologyOrchard Park, N.Y.
Dan BosnicSophomoreTESecondary EducationUniontown, Pa.
Eric CarpenterSophomoreTEComputer & Information SciencesLebanon, Pa.
Jared DavisSeniorPKBroadcasting, Telecommunications & Mass MediaSaunderstown, R.I.
John GrossRedshirt Fr.OTEnvironmental StudiesSlatington, Pa.
Jason JohnsonRedshirt Fr.DEHonors International Business Admin.Camp Hill, Pa.
J.D. NicholsSeniorLBFinancePhoenix, Ariz.
West Virginia
Zack Dillow,SeniorCHistorySmithfield, Pa.
Mark FazzolariSeniorPAthletic Coaching/EducationWashington, Pa.
Scott FlemingSophomoreLSSport ManagementPlano, Texas
Todd JamesJuniorPKAccountingBentleyville, Pa.
Adam LehnorttSophomoreLBBusiness ManagementOil City, Pa.
Geoff LewisJuniorOGPhysical TherapyFairview, Pa.
A.J. NastasiSeniorWRSport ManagementWoodbury, Pa.v
Lance NimmoSeniorOTFinanceNew Castle, Pa.
John PenningtonSophomoreWRAccountingCharleston, W. Va.
Justin WilliamsSophomoreOGBusiness ManagementMoorefield, W. Va.