February 17, 2010
2009 ACC All-Academic Football Team Announced
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference’s statistical leaders in total offense and touchdown responsibility and 10 players who earned first-team, second-team or honorable mention All-Conference honors this past season secured spots on the 42-member 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Football Team, announced Wednesday 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. The ACC has selected an ACC All-Academic Football team every year since 1954.

Leading the team were Florida State junior quarterback Christian Ponder (Coffeyville, Tex.), Pa.), who led the ACC in total offense, averaging 321.8 yards per game, and NC State quarterback Russell Wilson (Richmond, Va.), who led the conference in touchdown passes (31) and touchdown responsibility (35). Wilson’s TD pass total tied for the fourth-best effort in conference history, while his 35 TDR were the ACC’s third-best single-season total. Ponder, who received his bachelor’s degree after his redshirt-sophomore season, is currently completing the requirements for his MBA degree. His total offense average was the sixth-best effort in conference history. Ponder and Wilson both earned Honorable Mention All-ACC accolades last year.

Joining them on the All-Academic team were three first-team All-ACC honorees in Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), Clemson tight end Michael Palmer (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and Virginia Tech punter Brent Bowden (Centreville, Va.), as well as three second-team selections in Clemson guard Thomas Austin (Camden, S.C.), Duke linebacker Vincent Rey (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) and Duke placekicker Will Snyderwine (Potomac, Md.). Clemson linebacker Brandon Maye (Mobile, Ala.) joined Ponder and Wilson as honorable mention All-ACC choices.

In all, 10 of this year’s selections were repeat choices with Boston College placekicker Steve Aponavicius (Easton, Pa.) earning a berth on the team for the fourth year in a row. Aponavicius becomes the only the 11th player in ACC history to be selected to the ACC All-Academic Football team four times. He joins Ralph Lary of Maryland (1977-80), Travis Pearson of Duke (1990-93), Eddie Goines of NC State (1991-94), Daryl Bush of Florida State (1994-97), DaLawn Parrish of Wake Forest (1995, 97-99), Chris Hope of Florida State (1998-2001), Dan Dyke of Georgia Tech (1999-2002), Doug Justice of North Carolina (2002-05), Adam Podlesh of Maryland and Georgia Tech’s Travis Bell (2004-07) as the only four-time members of the team.

Three of the honorees are making their third appearance on the ACC All-Academic team in Castonzo, Austin and Maryland punter Travis Baltz (Whitehouse, Ohio). Six other players were selected to the Academic All-ACC team for the second time including Palmer, Bowden, Maye, Georgia Tech running back Roddy Jones (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Wake Forest punter-placekicker Shane Popham (Crestview Hills, Ky.) and Duke punter Kevin Jones (Austin, Tex.).

Duke led all ACC schools with 11 selections, followed by Clemson with seven; Virginia Tech and Boston College with 4 each; and Florida State, NC State and Maryland with three each. In all, four members of the team—Aponavicius of Boston College, Austin of Clemson, Ponder of Florida State and Slebonick of Virginia--have already graduated and were in graduate school or pursuing a second bachelor’s degree this past fall.

The 2009 ACC All-Academic Football team is as follows:

2009 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Football Team

Player School Class Pos. Major Hometown
Steve Aponavicius Boston College Sr.* PK Finance Easton, Pa.
Thomas Austin Clemson Sr.* OL Political Science Camden, S.C.
Travis Baltz Maryland Jr. P Business Whitehouse, Ohio
Adam Banks Duke Jr. LB Public Policy Asheville, N.C.
Andy Barbee NC State Sr. G Parks, Rec. & Tourism Mgt. Shelby, N.C.
Brent Bowden Virginia Tech Sr. P Interdisciplinary Studies Centreville, Va.
Jarrett Boykin Virginia Tech So. WR AHRM Matthews, N.C.
Lee Butler Duke So. CB Computer Science Anderson, S.C.
Anthony Castonzo Boston College Jr. OL Biochemistry Hawthorn Wood, Ill.
Emmett Cleary Boston College Fr. OL Biology Arlington Heights, Ill.
Mason Cloy Clemson So. G Parks, Rec. & Tourism Mgt. Columbia, S.C.
Matt Daniels Duke So. DB Public Policy Fayetteville, Ga.
Chris Drager Virginia Tech So. DE HNFE Jefferson Hills, Pa.
Bobby Floyd NC State Sr. S Business Administration Largo, Fla.
A. J. Francis Maryland Fr. DL Letters & Sciences Severn, Md.
Dalton Freeman Clemson Fr. C Communications Pelion, S.C.
Jimmy Graham Miami Sr. TE Marketing Goldsboro, N.C.
John Graves Virginia Tech Jr. DT HD Richmond, Va.
Rashard Hall Clemson Fr. S Marketing St. Augustine, Fla.
Kyle Hill Duke So. T Sociology Orlando, Fla.
Dustin Hopkins Florida State Fr. PK Communications Houston, Tex.
Mike Ingersoll North Carolina Jr. T Communication Studies Mint Hill, N.C.
Kevin Jones Duke So. P Psychology Austin, Tex.
Roddy Jones Georgia Tech So. AB Management Stone Mountain, Ga.
Mitchell Lederman Duke Jr. G Sociology Brodhead,Wis.
EJ Manuel Florida State Fr. QB Communications Virginia Beach, Va.
Brandon Maye Clemson So. LB Sociology Mobile, Ala.
Brian Moore Duke Fr. G Undecided Coral Gables, Fla.
Michael Palmer Clemson Sr. TE Marketing Stone Mountain, Ga.
Paul Pinegar Maryland Jr. T History Brookeville, Md.
Matt Pipho Miami Sr. T Biology LaPorte City, Ia.
Christian Ponder Florida State Jr.* QB MBA Colleyville, Tx.
Shane Popham Wake Forest So. P/PK Undecided Crestview Hills, Ky.
Vincent Rey Duke Sr. LB Sociology Far Rockaway, N. Y.
Chris Rwabukamba Duke Jr. CB Public Policy Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Nathan Richman Boston College So. G Communications North Easton, Mass.
Patrick Slebonick Virginia Sr* G Educational Psychology Stafford, Va.
Will Snyderwine Duke Jr. PK Economics Potomac, Md.
Logan Walls Georgia Tech So. DT Management Dawsonville, Ga.
Johnny Williams Duke So. WR-KR Undecided St. Stephens, Ala.
Russell Wilson NC State So.. QB Communications Richmond, Va.
Dawson Zimmerman Clemson So. P English Lawrenceville, Ga.

* Denotes student-athlete has already graduated and were in graduate school this past fall. Class refers to athletic eligibility

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