Dec. 2, 2010
IRVING, Texas -
Marshall senior Lee Smith was named to the 2010 Conference USA Football All-Academic Team, as selected by the league's Sports Information Directors, Thursday.
Rice led the way with three student-athletes receiving the honor, while East Carolina, Marshall, Memphis, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa and UCF each landed one selection.
Marshall's Lee Smith, a native of Powell, Tenn., was selected to the 2010 C-USA All-Academic Team after posting a 3.21 GPA as a Psychology and Criminal Justice double major. The tight end is Marshall's Cam Henderson Scholarship Recipient and was a Preseason All-Conference USA selection by the league's coaches. Smith collected 38 catches for 358 yards this year and is a dominant blocker. He has also posted three touchdowns in his senior season.
Rice redshirt junior Travis Bradshaw was named to the C-USA All-Academic Team for the second-straight year as a Chemical Engineering major. Bradshaw holds a 3.44 GPA in the classroom and has started in all 11 games in which he has played. He was named to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America Football Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America and is also a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District VI, first-team member. The Cypress, Texas native ranks second on the Rice squad with 76 total tackles, forcing two fumbles and finding a pair of interceptions on the season.
Also representing the Owls are seniors Brandon Long and Cheta Ozougwu. Long is an ESPN Academic All District VI selection and a two-time President's Honor Roll student athlete. With his 3.70 GPA as an Environmental Engineering Sciences and Economics double major, the deep snapper has seen action in all 12 of Rice's games this season. Defensive end Ozougwu was also an ESPN All District VI selection as an Economics major with a 3.414 GPA. This season, he has posted 54 total tackles.
G.J. Kinne of Tulsa also was selected to the C-USA All-Academic Team for the second-straight year. The quarterback has established a 3.379 mark as an Exercise and Sports Science major and has been named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (3.0 GPA+) for four semesters. This season, Kinne leads the league in total offense, averaging an impressive 322 yards per game. He has tossed for 3,307 yards and 28 touchdowns during the 2010 campaign and received C-USA Offensive Player of the Week accolades twice (Nov. 15 and Nov. 29).
Redshirt freshman Matt Milner earned his first All-Academic honor with his perfect 4.00 GPA as a Biology major. He is a two-time member of East Carolina's Chancellor's List and a 2009-10 recipient of the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal. Seeing action in all 12 ECU games this season, Milner has posted 44 tackles for the Pirates.
Memphis offensive lineman Dominik Riley has already earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a minor in sociology, but is currently pursuing his Masters in Professional Justice. The Montgomery, Ala., native earns All-Academic honors with his 3.33 mark in the classroom and has made the Tiger 3.0 List for three semesters. Riley has been a steady contributor to the Memphis squad, starting each game in which he has participated in 2010. He is also one of 10 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy, which recognizes outstanding community service with athletic and academic achievement.
SMU linebacker Pete Fleps joins the academic honorees, posting a 3.566 GPA while pursuing a Masters in Liberal Arts. Fleps was named to the 2008 C-USA All-Academic team and is a three-time Commissioner's Honor Roll member. In the Ponies' 12 games this season, the Southlake, Texas, native has tallied 111 tackles, ranking second for the SMU defense.
Quarterback Austin Davis makes his appearance on the All-Academic squad, sporting a 3.277 GPA as a Business Administration major. Davis, who has started all 12 games for the Golden Eagles, was a 2008 All-Academic honoree and is a three-time member of the C-USA Honor Roll. The Nov. 22 C-USA Offensive Player of the Week, Davis has tossed 18 touchdowns and completed 259-of-410 passes for 2,898 yards. He has thrown a touchdown in his past nine games, posting multiple scores through the air in five of the last six Southern Miss contests.
Tulane senior Cody Sparks earns his first All-Academic honors this season, claiming a 3.48 mark in his pursuit for a Business Marketing degree. The tight end is a three-time member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. During the 2010 campaign, Sparks led the team in receiving touchdowns with six scores. He also pulled down 43 catches for 427 yards.
Rounding out the 2010 C-USA Football All-Academic Team is UCF's Josh Linam. The junior linebacker holds a 3.468 GPA as a Sports and Fitness major and was also named to the ESPN the Magazine CoSIDA Academic All-District II team. Starting each game for the Knights in 2010, Linam has been a central figure in the UCF defense, ranking third on the team with 69 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss.
2010 C-USA Football All-Academic Team
Matt Milner-East Carolina-R. Freshman-4.00-Biology
Lee Smith-Marshall-Senior-3.21-Psychology, Criminal Justice
Dominik Riley-Memphis-Graduate-3.33-Masters in Professional Studies
*Travis Bradshaw-Rice-R. Junior-3.44-Chemical Engineering
Brandon Long-Rice-Senior-3.70-Environmental Engineering Sciences, Economics
Austin Davis-Southern Miss-R. Junior-3.277-Business Administration
Cody Sparks-Tulane-Senior-3.48-Business Marketing
*G.J. Kinne-Tulsa-Junior-3.379-Exercise and Sports Science
Josh Linam-UCF-Junior-3.468-Sports and Fitness