Six Stanford Players Earn First Team Pac-10 All-Academic Honors

Nov. 16, 2006

Walnut Creek, Calif. - Six Stanford players earned First Team honors on the 2006 Pac-10 All-Academic squad announced by the conference on Thursday. Chris Horn and Josiah Vinson were selected First Team for the second time in their careers with Anthony Kimble, Tom McAndrew, Michael Okwo and Mike Silva picking up First Team recognition for the first time. Stanford's six First Team selections equaled Arizona State as the most by any school in the conference.

Five additional Stanford players - Michael Miller, Evan Moore, Gustav Rydstedt, Clinton Snyder and Aaron Zagory - were selected Second Team Pac-10 All-Academic.

Horn, who earned the honor for the second straight year, has a 3.33 cumulative GPA as an Engineering major. He is currently tied for third on the team in both sacks (1.5) and tackles-for-loss (3.5) with his 20 total tackles third among Stanford's defensive linemen. He picked off the first pass of his career in his most recent game at Washington on November 11.Vinson also picks up the award for the second consecutive season after earning Second Team honors in 2004 and honorable mention recognition in 2003. He is an English major with a 3.55 GPA and has started six of 11 games this season at left guard.

Kimble has a 3.30 GPA as a Science, Technology and Society major. He has started nine of 10 games this season and leads the Cardinal in rushing with 337 yards on the ground, while adding 17 catches for 146 yards out of the backfield. Kimble also scored the first touchdown at the new Stanford Stadium against Navy on September 16 and completed a 57-yard touchdown pass on a halfback option October 7 at Notre Dame.

McAndrew is an Undeclared major with a 3.64 GPA. He has contributed 13 tackles with half a tackle-for-loss this season while playing in all 10 contests.

Okwo has posted a 3.09 GPA as a Philosophy & Religious Studies major. He is second on the team with 77 tackles despite missing two games and has a 9.63 tackle per game average that leads the Pac-10 and ranks 15th in the nation. Okwo also co-leads the squad with 44 solo stops and ranks 20th nationally with an average of 5.5 per contest. He has added a co-team-leading 2.0 sacks, 5.0 tackles-for-loss, four pass breakups and a forced fumble. Okwo had 15 tackles against Washington State on September 23 - the most by a Stanford player this season - and picked up a career-best nine solo stops at UCLA on September 30. He had double digit tackles in each of the first five games he played this year.

Silva has already earned his Bachelor's degree in Economics and is working on a Master's in Management, Science and Engineering. He has a 3.54 GPA and has been named Second Team All-Pac-10 each of the past three seasons. Silva has contributed 14 tackles this season in nine games and three starts.Miller is an International Relations major with a 3.35 cumulative GPA. The walk-on has caught four balls for 39 yards in seven games and one start this season.

Moore has a 3.33 GPA as a Political Science major. He has caught 11 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns this season in six games played and three starts. Moore was a First Team Pac-10 All-Academic selection in 2004.Rydstedt is a Computer Science major with a 3.43 GPA and was also a Second Team Pac-10 All-Academic choice in 2005. He has contributed nine tackles, a tackle-for-loss and two pass breakups in 10 games off the bench this season.

Snyder has posted a 3.16 GPA as an Undeclared major. He is third on the team and eighth in the Pac-10 with 71 tackles, while co-leading the squad with 44 solo stops. He is also tied atop the Pac-10 and Stanford's leader with three forced fumbles.

Zagory is a philosophy major with a 3.70 GPA. He leads the club in scoring with 31 points and has made seven of his 11 field goal attempts this season.

Chris Marinelli and Will Powers were honorable mention choices to round out 13 Stanford players honored by the Pac-10 for their academics.

To be eligible for selection a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and be either a starter or significant substitute.

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