2007 All-ACC Academic Football Team Announced
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February 4, 2008

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The leading rusher in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the most accurate passer in the nation, the leading scorer in the ACC and five players who earned first or second-team, All-Conference honors this past season secured spots on the 40-member 2007 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team, as announced Monday 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. All 12 ACC schools were represented by at least one selection on the team.

Georgia Tech senior running back Tashard Choice, who led the ACC in rushing for the second straight year with 1,379 yards, and Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner, who completed 72.4 percent of his passes to lead the nation in the NCAA's Bowl Subdivision, both earned selection to the team as did Clemson placekicker Mark Buchholz, who led the ACC in scoring with 114 points.

Also, Choice (1st team), Georgia Tech senior placekicker Travis Bell (1st), Virginia tight end Tom Santi (2nd), Maryland offensive guard Andrew Crummey (2nd) and Georgia Tech senior center Kevin Tuminello (2nd) all earned first or second-team All-ACC honors this past year. Santi was named in December as the ACC's winner of the 2007 Jim Tatum Award, presented annually to the Conference's top Scholar-Athlete in football.

Crummey was a second-team All-America selection by The Sporting News, while Bell, Choice and Wake Forest Defensive End Jeremy Thompson were Honorable Mention All-America selections. Boston College tackle Anthony Castonzo was chosen a first-team Freshman All-America by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and Maryland punter Travis Baltz, were selected an Honorable Mention Freshmen All-Americas by The Sporting News.

Tech's Bell, who did not miss a PAT in his 138 career attempts, earned selection to the ACC All-Academic team for the fourth consecutive year. Five others, Rumsey of Maryland, Santi of Virginia, Tuminello of Georgia Tech, Bailey of Duke and Louis Frazier of Wake Forest earned their third straight ACC All-Academic selection. Ten repeated from last year's team and Wake's Thompson also earned his second Academic honors, having been chosen for the 2005 team.

Skinner was joined by two other starting quarterbacks in Duke's Thaddeus Lewis and Virginia Tech's Sean Glennon.

Bell, Virginia Tech's Jud Dunlevy and NC State's Stephen Hauschka were all semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award. And four of the top six scorers in the ACC are also featured on the team led by Clemson's Buchholz, who averaged 8.8 points per game, followed by Bell (3rd), Dunlevy (4th) and Maryland's Obi Egekeze (6th).

The 2007 All-ACC Academic Football team is as follows:

2007 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team
PlayerSchoolClassPos.Major
Steve AponaviciusBoston CollegeJr.PKFinance
Thomas AustinClemsonJr.OLPolitical Science
Patrick BaileyDukeSr.DLElectrical Engineering
Travis BaltzMarylandFr.PBusiness
Travis BellGeorgia TechSr.PKManagement
Mark BuchholzClemsonJr.PKMarketing
Anthony CastonzoBoston CollegeFr.OLUndeclared
Tashard ChoiceGeorgia TechSr.RBHistory, Technology & Society
Phil CostaMarylandSo.OLCriminal Justice
Andrew CrummeyMarylandSr.OLGovernment and Political Geography
Ronnie DrummerDukeSr.RBAfrican-American Studies
Jud DunlevyVirginia TechSr.PKEducation, Health & PE
Lowell DyerNorth CarolinaJr.OLEnglish
Obi EgekezeMarylandJr.PKFinance
Louis FrazierWake ForestSr.OLSociology
Sean GlennonVirginia TechJr.QBFinance
Mears GreenNC StateSr.OLBiochemistry
Dan GronkowskiMarylandGr.TEMBA
Stephen HauschkaNC StateGr.PKSports Management
Mark HerzlichBoston CollegeSo.LBUndeclared
Staton JobeVirginiaSo.WRUndeclared
Nick LarkinBoston CollegeSr.DLHuman Development
Luke LathanNC StateSr.OLAgricultural Business Management
Thaddeus LewisDukeSo.QBUndecided
Jimmy ManersClemsonSr.PHistory
Derek NicholsonFlorida StateJr.LBSports Management
Wesley OglesbyDukeFr.DLUndecided
Michael PalmerClemsonSo.TEMarketing
Alex PearsonClemsonSr.FBMarketing
Colin PeekGeorgia TechSo.TEManagement
Myron RolleFlorida StateSo.DBExercise Science
Matt RumseyDukeSr.OLPolitical Science
Tom SantiVirginiaSr.TESociology
Riley SkinnerWake ForestSo.QBBusiness
David StrimpleMiamiSr.PK/P/HFinance
Jeremy ThompsonWake ForestSr.DLHealth & Exercise Science
Kevin TuminelloGeorgia TechSr.OLBuilding Construction
Carlton WeatherfordVirginia TechGr.FBEducation, Health & PE
Edwin WilliamsMarylandJr.OLCommunications
Ben WoosterWake ForestSo.TEHealth & Exercise Science