Twelve Cougs named Academic All-Pac-10

MICAH HANNAM AFTER THE APPLE CUP VICTORY

WASHINGTON STATE placed 12 football student-athletes on the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic Football Team, highlighted by the appearance of four Cougar starters on the first team. Quarterback Alex Brink, tight end Jed Collins, offensive tackle Micah Hannam and defensive end Matt Mullennix were each named first team selections.

Alex Brink, a sport management major with a 3.55 grade point average, is one of five student-athletes in the conference being honored on the first team for at least the third consecutive season.

Brink last month was also named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic District VIII team for the third consecutive year. The senior was named WSU's Outstanding Male Sport Management Student in 2006-07.

This season Brink became Washington State's all-time leader in the four major passing categories -- passing yards (10,913), touchdowns (76), attempts (1,451) and completions (848). He also helped lead the Cougs to three wins in the last four years over the Huskies in the Apple Cup.

Jed Collins, a senior from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., was also an all-academic honoree for the third consecutive season, having been named an honorable mention selection in 2005 and 2006. An accounting major with a grade point average of 3.41, Collins set the WSU single-season record for a tight end with 52 receptions this in 2007. He was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic District VIII team earlier this season.

Micah Hannam, interested in a degree in civil engineering, boasts a grade point average of 3.63. The redshirt freshman from Gig Harbor, Wash., started all 12 games at right tackle for WSU this season, helping WSU lead the conference in passing offense (319.7 yards per game) and rank second in total offense (435.6 yards per game).

Matt Mullennix, a dual major in management and operations and psychology holds a 3.30 grade point average, and is a third-time all-academic honoree. The senior from Spangle, Wash., was named Pac-10 All-Academic in both 2004 and 2005, and earned ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic District VIII honors earlier this year. Mullennix started eight games in 2007, recording 33 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

Offensive lineman Joe Eppele and wide receiver Scott Selby were each named Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team.

Eppele, a redshirt freshman from Vancouver, B.C., owns a grade point average of 3.36. Eppele played in all 12 games this season, backing up at right tackle and contributing on special teams. Selby, majoring in global justice/security systems, has a grade point average of 3.19. The senior from Castle Rock, Wash., contributed primarily on special teams in 10 games this year.

Kicker Romeen Abdollmohammadi, center Kenny Alfred, defensive tackle Matt Eichelberger, defensive end Kevin Kooyman, tight end Trevor Mooney and tight end Ben Woodard were each named honorable mention.

Abdollmohammadi, a movement studies major with a grade point average of 3.38, connected on 14-of-19 field goals this season, hitting his final eight field goal attempts to close out his career. The senior from Camano Island, Wash., posted a field goal percentage of .737 this season, the fourth-best single-season mark in school history.

Alfred is a two-time all-academic honoree, as he was named honorable mention last season. The sophomore from Gig Harbor, Wash., started 11 games this season at center, helping WSU rack up a conference-best 319.7 yards passing per game and 435.6 yards of total offense which ranked second in the Pac-10.

Eichelberger, a junior out of Bellingham, Wash., is majoring in sociology and has a grade point average of 3.05. He played in eight games this season as part of the defensive tackle rotation. Eichelberger registered four tackles, including a sack.

Kooyman, out of Maple Valley, Wash., boasts a grade point average of 3.17. The sophomore played in seven games this season, starting two of them. He recorded 10 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

Mooney, a movement studies major, boasts a grade point average of 3.72. The redshirt freshman from Mission Viejo, Calif., played in all 12 games this season as part of the tight end rotation.

Woodard, a civil engineering major with a 3.08 grade point average, played in all 12 games for the Cougars this season. The junior from Cheney, Wash., caught eight passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns.

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