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Jan. 30, 2002

Charlottesville, Va. – University of Virginia football players Rashad Roberson, Evan Routzahn and Ljubomir Stamenich are among 29 players named to the 2001 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic football team as announced by ACC Commissioner John Swofford. To be eligible, a player must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the fall semester or have maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

Routzahn and Stamenich are among a group of 10 players who repeated from last season. Joining them from last year’s team are Clemson’s Chad Carson, Will Merritt and Kyle Young, Duke’s Ben Erdeljac and Mike Hart, Florida State’s Chris Hope and Georgia Tech’s Dan Dyke and Jeremy Muyres

Routzahn, a senior guard from Middletown, Md., was a three-year starter along the offensive line for the Cavaliers. A team captain as a senior this past season, he started the final 37 games of his career and is one of only five offensive linemen in school history to start three bowl games. An honorable mention All-ACC performer last season, he played in the Blue-Gray and East-West Shrine games following the season.

Stamenich, a senior defensive end from Great Falls, Va., was also a three-year starter for Virginia. He led the team’s defensive ends in tackles last season with a career-high 77 stops. He had two quarterback sacks and finished his career tied for 12th in school history with 13 sacks. He recorded 180 tackles in his career, ninth among defensive linemen in school history.

Roberson, a junior cornerback from Atlanta, Ga., started five games last season and was in on a career-high 23 tackles, fourth among the team’s cornerbacks. He had a key play late in the Richmond game when he caused a Spider receiver to fumble the ball with Virginia recovering to preserve the win.

Clemson, Duke and Maryland lead the way with five individuals named to the team. Georgia Tech had four, followed by Virginia’s three. Florida State, North Carolina and N.C. State had two players named to the team, while Wake Forest had one.

The 2001 All-ACC Academic Football Team is as follows:

OFFENSE:Pos.  Player, School               Cl.   GPA     MajorWR    Ben Erdeljac, Duke           Sr.   3.09*   MathematicsWR    Derrick Hamilton, Clemson    Fr.   3.00    Human Resource DevelopmentTE    Mike Hart, Duke              Sr.   3.30    SociologyOL    Kyle Young, Clemson          Gr.   4.00*   Education (Admin. & Supervision)OL    Melvin Fowler, Maryland      Sr.   3.00    CommunicationsOL    Will Merritt, Clemson        Gr.   4.00    Human Resource DevelopmentOL    Todd Wike, Maryland          Jr.   3.53    PhilosophyOL    Evan Routzahn, Virginia      Gr.   3.65    EducationOL    Vince Azzolina, Wake Forest  Sr.   4.00    CommunicationsOB    George Godsey, Georgia Tech  Sr.   3.33    Industrial EngineeringOB    Shaun Hill, Maryland         Sr.   3.50    Kinesiological ScienceOB    Ronald Curry, North Carolina Sr.   3.00    African American StudiesOB    Chris Douglas, Duke          So.   3.00    Computer ScienceOB    Andr? Williams, No. Carolina So.   3.18    Undeclared

DEFENSE:Pos. Player, School Cl. GPA MajorDL Ljubomir Stamenich, Virginia Gr. 3.35 EducationDL Shawn Johnson, Duke Jr. 3.57 Biological Anthropology & AnatomyDL Khaleed Vaughn, Clemson So. 3.20 MarketingLB Jim Scharrer, Duke Fr. 3.00 UndeclaredLB Marcello Church, Fla. State Fr. 4.00 Liberal ArtsLB Chad Carson, Clemson Sr. 3.89* Biological SciencesDB J.J. Washington, N.C. State So. 3.03* CommunicationsDB Jeremy Muyres, Georgia Tech Jr. 3.69 ManagementDB Chris Hope, Florida State Sr. 3.75 CommunicationsDB Rod Littles, Maryland Sr. 3.00 Family StudiesDB Rashad Roberson, Virginia Jr. 3.07 Physical Education & Sports MedicinePK Adam Kiker, N.C. State So. 3.94* Aerospace EngineeringSP Brooks Barnard, Maryland Jr. 3.00 Kinesiological ScienceSP Dan Dyke, Georgia Tech Jr. 3.86 Electrical EngineeringSP Kelley Rhino, Georgia Tech Jr. 3.01 Management

*denotes career GPA

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