Nine Sun Devil Football Players Earn Academic Awards
Nov. 20, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Nine players on the 2001 Arizona State Sun Devil football team have earned academic awards for their outstanding achievements on the field of play and in the classroom. Two student-athletes were named to the Verizon Academic All-District VIII team and nine athletes were recognized on the 2001 Pac-10 All-Academic team.
Junior place kicker Mike Barth (Phoenix, Ariz.) and sophomore running back Mike Williams (Lakewood, Calif.) were ASU's representatives on the District VIII team. Barth, who has maintained a 3.32 GPA as a finance major, has been solid on the gridiron this year connecting on 9-of-14 field goal attempt and hammering home 34-of-35 PAT's. Williams, who carries a hefty 3.64 GPA, has gained 132 yards on the ground and has scored two touchdowns. The team was voted on my CoSida members from within the District VIII states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, and the province of British Columbia. The all-district first team selections advance to the national ballot, which will be released Dec. 10. ASU has now placed at least two players on the All-District Academic team in five of the last seven years.
Barth and Williams were also named to the 2001 Pac-10 All-Academic first team. Joining Barth and Williams on the first team was junior defensive lineman Phil Howard (4.00 GPA, Finance/Computer Information) and senior linebacker Eric Fields (3.50 GPA, Sociology). Senior running back Tom Pace (3.00 GPA, Secondary Education-Spanish), junior defensive back Patrick Wilson (3.18 GPA, Real Estate) and senior punter Nick Murphy (3.21 GPA, Broadcasting) were all named to the second team. Sophomore wide receiver Skyler Fulton and senior long snapper B.J. Miller were honorable mention picks.
Arizona State's nine representatives on the 2001 Pac-10 All-Academic team was the fourth most of all Pac-10 member schools, while the seven first and second teamers was the third most in the Pac-10. ASU improved from having six selections last year on the all-academic team (only one first teamer). The four first-team selections is the most for ASU since 1996.