Thursday, February 18, 2010

FSU’S PONDER, NCSU’S WILSON LEAD ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

The ACC'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.

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.

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.

To see the entire All-Academic team, click here.

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