Commodore Linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer Named First-Team Verizon Academic All-American Monday 12/2/02

STAMFORD, Conn. — Vanderbilt senior linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer was named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-America® Team on Monday, becoming the first Commodore football player to earn first-team academic recognition in nearly 20 years.

The honor continues a banner season for Hillenmeyer, who became one of NCAA’s leading tacklers despite playing a new position, middle linebacker. The native of Nashville concluded the season as the Southeastern Conference leader with 100 solo tackles and 169 total tackles. He also ranked in the top five nationally in both categories. Hillenmeyer was joined by two other SEC student-athletes - Jon Stinchcomb of Georgia and Rodney Reed of LSU.

The Verizon Academic All-America recognition comes just weeks after Hillenmeyer was named a “National Scholar Athlete” by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. He was just one of six Division I players to earn the honor.

Hillenmeyer becomes the first Commodore named to the first-team Verizon Academic All-American squad since wide receiver Phil Roach was recognized in 1983, and just the seventh Vanderbilt player named to first-team squad since the award began 50 years ago. Six other former Commodores have earned second-team Academic All-American honors.
The Academic All-America program was created in 1952 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Verizon, in cooperation with CoSIDA, has been the exclusive sponsor since 1985. To be nominated, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his career.



Verizon Academic All-America First-Team Offense 
Name School Pos. Year Hometown GPA Major 
Kliff Kingsbury Texas Tech QB Gr. New Braunfels, Texas 3.78 Management 
Kyler Randall Eastern Wash. WR Jr. Ferndale, Wash. 3.89 Education 
John Standeford Purdue WR Jr. Monrovia, Ind. 3.51 Elementary Education 
Erick Streelman Nevada TE Sr. Bellflower, Calif. 3.97 Secondary Education 
Ryan Johnson Montana State RB Sr. Fort Collins, Colo. 3.99 Pre-Physical Therapy 
Jason Wright Northwestern RB Jr. Diamond Bar, Calif 3.25 Pre-Med
Travis Barclay Ball State OL Jr. Iowa City, Iowa 3.98 Physics
Kyle Eaton Okla. State OL Gr. Rogers, Texas 4.00 Management Information Systems 
Joe Iorio Penn State OL Sr. Sylvania, Ohio 3.70 Info & Science Technology 
Rodney Reed LSU OL Jr. West Monroe, La. 3.93 Accounting 
Jon Stinchcomb Georgia OL Sr. Lilburn, Ga. 3.73 Microbiology 
Nick Browne TCU PK Jr. Garland, Texas 4.00 Finance-Real Estate 

Verizon Academic All-America First-Team Defense 
Name School Pos. Year Hometown GPA Major 
Jordan Carstens Iowa State DL Jr. Bagley, Iowa 3.60 Agricultural Business 
Vince Crochunis Pittsburgh DL So. Schuylkill Haven, Pa. 3.78 Political Science 
Jon Montoya Montana State DL Jr. Brandon, S.D. 3.60 Elementary Education 
Matt Walters Miami (Fla.) DL Sr. Melbourne, Fla. 3.45 Mechanical Engineering 
Hunter Hillenmeyer Vanderbilt LB Sr. Nashville, Tenn. 3.79 Economics/Human & Organizational Development 

Eric Pauly
Colorado State LB Jr. Conway Springs, Kan. 3.78 Bus. Admin./Computer Info. Systems 
Jonathan Vilma Miami (Fla.) LB Jr. Coral Gables, Fla. 3.34 Finance 
Mark Kasmer Dayton DB Sr. Brecksville, Ohio 3.94 Computer Engineering 
Brian Lowder Western Kent. DB Jr. Bowling Green, Ky. 4.00 Government/Sociology 
Hadley Prince McNeese St. DB Sr. Sulphur, La. 3.61 Agricultural Science 
Justin Rosato Monmouth DB Sr. Old Bridge, N.J. 3.88 Business Finance 
Dan Dyke Georgia Tech P Sr. Winter Springs, Fla. 3.84 Electrical Engineering 


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