Weaver Heads Ducks' Five Academic All-Conference Honorees

Nov. 20, 2002

EUGENE - Junior center Dan Weaver was named a first-team academic Pacific-10 all-conference choice for the second year in a row, according to an announcement Wednesday by conference commissioner Tom Hansen.

Weaver, who has accumulated a 3.21 grade-point average in accounting, was joined by senior punter Jose Arroyo and sophomore linebacker Jerry Matson on the league's academic second unit while quarterback Jason Fife and kicker Jared Siegel earned honorable mention all-conference accolades.

The former walk-on from Redmond, Ore., has proven to be one of the University of Oregon's most consistent offensive linemen during the 2002 season, earning several of the unit's top grades over the past 20 years for this season's performances against Idaho and UCLA. He will be looking to start his 21st consecutive game Saturday when the Ducks face Oregon State in Corvallis. Earlier this year, Weaver also was one of 36 of the nation's premier centers to be added to the watchlist for the Rimington Trophy, which is annually awarded to the top collegiate center in the country.

Arroyo has accumulated a 3.18 grade point average in business; Matson a 3.12 gpa in pre-business; Fife a 3.05 gpa in general science; and Siegel a 3.58 gpa in business administration.

Weaver and Siegel also were previously named to the Verizon Academic All-District VIII first team in vote of university and college sports publicists throughout the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Both standouts now become eligible for academic All-America honors.

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