Beinemann Heads Six Cougars On All-Academic Team

Nov. 18, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior tight end Troy Bienemann led a list of six Washington State representatives on the 2005 Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team announced Friday.

In addition to Bienemann, sophomore quarterback Alex Brink was named to the first team, senior offensive lineman Riley Fitt-Chappell and sophomore defensive end Matt Mullennix were second-team selections, while sophomore running back Jed Collins and sophomore kicker Loren Langley earned honorable mention honors.

Bienemann, who was named to the first team for the third straight year, carries a 3.73 grade point average as a communications and finance double major. The Santa Clara, Calif. native has 24 catches for 278 yards and three touchdowns this season. Bienemann suffered a season-ending knee injury last week against Oregon on a three-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter. Bienemann finished his Cougar career with 94 catches, second all-time among tight ends, 1,072 yards and eight touchdowns.

Earlier this month Bienemann was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII team for their third time.

Brink, a Eugene, Ore. native, maintains a 3.56 grade point average in sports management while throwing for 2,608 yards and 22 touchdowns this season. He set WSU single-game records with 531 passing yards and 515 yards of total offense against Oregon State earlier this season. Brink's 22 touchdowns this season are fifth-most in Cougar history while his 2,608 yards ranks 10th all-time heading into Saturday's Apple Cup.

Fitt-Chappell earned All-Pac-10 academic honors for the third straight season on the strength of his 3.56 grade point average in management information systems. Fitt-Chappell, who serves as WSU's long snapper for field goals and point-after attempts and is a reserve offensive lineman, was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic firs team in 2004 and second team in 2003.

Mullennix earned his first All-Academic award as he carries a 3.25 grade point average in business administration. From his defensive end position, Mullennix has registered 11 tackles this season, including three sacks, which ranks third on the team.

Collins and Langley were both named to the All-Academic team for the first time. Collins, a redshirt sophomore, is a criminal justice major with a 3.46 grade point average. Langley, a sophomore criminal justice major with a 3.46 grade point average, is third on the team in scoring, converting 12 of 17 field goals with a season-long of 48.

Cougars On The Pac-10 All-Academic Team

TE         Troy Bienemann     First Team             3.73     Communication/Finance
QB         Alex Brink             First Team             3.56     Sport Management
OL/LS     Riley Fitt-Chappell Second Team          3.56     MIS
DE         Matt Mullennix       Second Team         3.25     Business Administration
RB         Jed Collins             Honorable Mention  3.45     Criminal Justice
PK         Loren Langley        Honorable Mention   3.46    Criminal Justice

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