Aug. 7, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- During the 2005-06 academic year, the Southeastern Conference placed 17 of its student-athletes on first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, more than any Division I conference in the nation.
CoSIDA selects Academic All-America teams in 12 programs: football, women's volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's track & field/cross country, women's track & field/cross country, men's at-large and women's at-large. A first team, second team and third team are selected in both the University (Division I and I-AA) and College (Division II, III and NAIA) Divisions. Football consists of just first and second teams.
The SEC does not sponsor men's soccer as a championship sport.
The SEC had 34 of its student-athletes earn Academic All-America status overall, which ranked second behind the Big Ten Conference, which had 38 student-athletes make Academic All-America mention.
Ten of the 12 SEC Schools had at least one person on the first-team.
The Big 12 finished second behind the SEC in first-team Academic All-Americans with 16 and third overall with 33. The Big Ten was third in first-team Academic All-Americans with 14.
The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big East tied for fourth in first-team Academic All-Americans with 13 while the Pac-10 was sixth with 10. The ACC was fourth in total Academic All-Americans with 32 followed by the Big East with 26 and the Pac-10 with 24.
The entire listing of the 2005-06 SEC Academic All-America selections follows:
|FIRST TEAM (17)|
|Dara Altman||Florida||W-Track/CC||Sr.||Tampa, Fla.||3.98 / Exercise & Sport Sciences|
|Taylor Begley||Kentucky||Football||Gr.||Danville, Ky.||3.82 / Electrical Engineering|
|Kurt Cady||Auburn||M-Swimming||Sr.||Las Vegas, Nev.||3.62 / Civil Engineering|
|Kasi Carroll||Georgia||Softball||Jr.||Norris City, Ill.||3.83 / Early Childhood Education|
|Kara Denby||Auburn||W-Swimming||Jr.||Simi Valley, Calif.||4.00 / Zoology|
|Stephanie Hill||LSU||Softball||Sr.||Harahan, La.||3.89 / Finance & Political Science|
|Angela Homan||Auburn||W-Track/CC||Sr.||Spencerville, Ohio||3.90 / Exercise Science|
|Hayden Lane||Kentucky||Football||Gr.||Lawrenceville, Ga.||3.95 / Anthropology & Classics|
|Beth Mallory||Alabama||W-Track/CC||Sr.||Ashland, Ohio||3.83 / Physical Education|
|Rudy Niswanger||LSU||Football||Gr.||Monroe, La.||4.00 / Pre-Medicine|
|Jose-Carlos Pinto||Miss. State||M-Tennis||Sr.||Sao Paulo, Brazil||3.99 / Banking & Finance|
|Emeel Salem||Alabama||Baseball||Jr.||Mountain Brook, Ala.||3.90 / Marketing & Spanish|
|*Lindsay Schutzler||Tennessee||Softball||Jr.||Monterey, Calif.||3.86 / Psychology|
|Ashley Smith||South Carolina||Softball||Sr.||Portage, Mich.||4.00 / Civil Engineering|
|Joseph Sykora||Alabama||M-Golf||Jr.||Daphne, Ala.||4.00 / Business|
|Jaanus Uudmae||Arkansas||M-Track/CC||Gr.||Tallin, Estonia||4.00 / Computer Science Engineering|
|Shanna Zolman||Tennessee||W-Basketball||Sr.||Syracuse, Ind.||3.56 / Journalism|
|SECOND TEAM (8)|
|Guido Arroyo||Alabama||M-Swimming||Sr.||Quito, Ecuador||4.00 / Mgmt. Info. Services|
|Nicole Barnett||Auburn||W-Gymnastics||Jr.||Chatsworth, Pa.||4.00 / Biomedical Sciences|
|Collin Cowgill||Kentucky||Baseball||So.||Lexington, Ky.||3.92 / Communications|
|Tyler Gustafson||Tennessee||M-Swimming||Sr.||Harrisonburg, Va.||3.81 / Logistics & Transportation|
|Chris Helwick||Tennessee||M-Track/CC||Jr.||Greeley, Colo.||3.60 / Business/Economics|
|Antoine Huffman||Kentucky||Football||Gr.||Jonesboro, Ga.||3.46 / Telecommunications|
|Lee Humphrey||Florida||M-Basketball||Jr.||Maryville, Tenn.||3.74 / Applied Physiology & Kinesiology|
|Zach Sabatino||Tennessee||M-Track/CC||Sr.||Charleston, W.V.||3.79 / Sport Management|
|THIRD TEAM (9)|
|Ashley Bentley||Alabama||W-Tennis||Sr.||Montgomery, Ala.||3.75 / Biology|
|Kimmy Criss||South Carolina||W-Soccer||Sr.||Knoxville, Tenn.||4.00 / Accounting|
|Blakeley Griffith||Tennessee||W-Tennis||Jr.||Middleburg, Va.||4.00 / English|
|Andrew Heath||Auburn||M-Track/CC||Sr.||Marietta, Ga.||3.84 / Civil Engineering|
|Darren O'Day||Florida||Baseball||Sr.||Jacksonville, Fla.||3.54 / Animal Biology|
|Kristin Peoples||Arkansas||W-Basketball||Jr.||Westerville, Ohio||3.93 / Biology (Pre-Med)|
|Adam Perkins||Arkansas||M-Track/CC||Jr.||Liberty, Mo.||3.40 / Finance|
|Vlad Polyakov||Alabama||M-Swimming||Jr.||Petropavl, Kazakhstan||3.74 / Marketing|
|Penny Splichal||Arkansas||W-Track/CC||Sr.||Dickinson, N.D.||3.87 / Recreation|
* - Named Academic All-American of the Year for sport.
KEY: W - Women; M - Men.