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Feb. 8, 2005

Greensboro, N.C. – Six University of Virginia football players were named to the All-ACC Academic Football Team announced today by 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.

UVa’s six honorees tied for second-most on the team with Maryland and Miami. Duke led the way with eight selections.

Named to the 51-man squad are seniors C Zac Yarbrough and S Jermaine Hardy, juniors PK Connor Hughes, TE Heath Miller and DE Brennan Schmidt and sophomore CB Marcus Hamilton.

Yarbrough, a second-team All-ACC selection this past season, received his degree in psychology following the Cavaliers’ 8-4 campaign.

Hardy has 3.00 grade point average in psychology. He started every game the last two seasons and finished his career fifth in school history in tackles by a defensive back with 203.

Miller, a sociology major and the winner of the Mackey Award as the nation’s best tight end, compiled a 3.30 GPA. He recently made himself available for the 2005 NFL draft and completed his UVa career as the school and conference record-holder for tight end receiving.

Schmidt sports a 3.49 GPA in sociology. He has made 224 tackles in his career, seventh among linemen in school history.

Hughes, a repeat selection, has a 3.08 GPA in religious studies. He is fifth in school history with 233 points and is second with 45 field goals.

Hamilton, also named for the second year in a row, has a 3.27 GPA in sociology. He was a CoSIDA Academic All-District III selection, while tying for third in the ACC this season with four interceptions.

Virginia opens the 2005 season at home against Western Michigan on Sept. 3.

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