Pace honored for academic work
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February 13, 2007

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Nine players who earned first, second-team, or honorable mention All-Conference honors this past season secured spots on the 37-member 2006 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

To be eligible for consideration, a player must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

Players earning first or second-team All-ACC honors this past fall were Boston College's Josh Beekmen and James Marten, Miami's Greg Olsen and Kenny Phillips, Virginia Tech's Brandon Pace and Maryland's Adam Podlesh. Clemson's Thomas Hunter, Florida State's Myron Rolle and Maryland's Josh Wilson were honorable mention selections.

In addition, Beekman was a first-team All-America selection by The Associated Press and a second-team choice by The Sporting News, College Football News and Walter Camp. Miami's Jason Fox and Darryl Sharpton and Florida State's Rolle earned first-team Freshman All-America recognition this past fall.

Virginia Tech's Brandon Pace made 22 consecutive field goals over the 2005 and 2006 seasons - the second-longest streak in ACC history - and finished his career as the league's all-time leader in field accuracy making 58 of 68 career attempts (.853). Florida State's Drew Weatherford threw for 2,113 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2006 and is second, only to former NC State standout Philip Rivers, among ACC sophomore passing yardage leaders with 5,362 yards.

Maryland's Adam Podlesh, who finished his career ninth on the ACC career punting list with a 43.13 average and a four-time academic team selection, heads up a list of 18 players that are repeaters from last year's academic team, including four players - Georgia Tech's Travis Bell, Duke's Eli Nichols, Virginia Tech's Pace and Miami's Jon Peatte - who earned berths on the academic team for a third-straight year.

The 2006 All-ACC Academic Football team is as follows:

2006 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team
Larry AnamBoston CollegeSr.DBAdministrative Studies
Steve AponaviciusBoston CollegeSo.PKUndeclared
Patrick BaileyDukeJr.DLElectrical & Computer Engineering
Andrew BainMiamiJr.OLPsychology
Josh BeekmanBoston CollegeSr.OLAdministrative Studies
Travis BellGeorgia TechJr.PKManagement
Joe DaileyNorth CarolinaJr.QBAfrican-American History
Alex FeinbergDukeSr.PHistory
Jason FoxMiamiFr.OLMarketing
Louis FrazierWake ForestJr.OLBiology
Graham GanoFlorida StateSo.PBusiness
Ty HallBoston CollegeJr.OLMarketing
Thomas HunterClemsonSr.TEBiological Studies
Nick LarkinBoston CollegeJr.DLHuman Development
William LeeNC StateGr.LSMechanical Engineering
James MartenBoston CollegeSr.OLAdministrative Studies
Zach MauridesDukeSr.OLSociology
Eli NicholsDukeGr.DLEngineering Management
Greg OlsenMiamiJr.TECriminology
Brandon PaceVirginia TechSr.PKHeath & Physical Education
Alex PearsonClemsonJr.FBMarketing
Jon PeatteMiamiSr.PKMasters in International Studies
Kenny PhillipsMiamiSo.DBSports Administration
Adam PodleshMarylandSr.PBusiness-Marketing
Darryl RichardGeorgia TechSo.DLManagement
Myron RolleFlorida StateFr.DBBiology - Pre-Med.
Matt RumseyDukeJr.OLPolitical Science
Tom SantiVirginiaJr.TESociology
Zac SelmonWake ForestJr.TEReligion
Darryl SharptonMiamiSo.LBFinance
Sam ShieldsMiamiFr.WREducation
Antone SmithFlorida StateSo.RBSport Management
Nick StefanowDukeJr.TEPsychology
Kevin TuminelloGeorgia TechJr.OLBuilding Construction
Drew WeatherfordFlorida StateSo.QBBusiness - Finance
Josh WilsonMarylandSr.DBBusiness-Marketing
Anthony WollschlagerMiamiSr.OLMasters in Business Administration