August 24, 1998
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming earned a very high distinctionon Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997, when three UW student-athletes were named tothe 1997 GTE Academic All-America Football Team. Wyoming was the onlyschool in the nation to have three individuals earn First Team. UW alsohad a fourth individual earn Second Team honors.
It marked the first time in school history that Wyoming has hadthree football players earn First Team Academic All-American the sameseason. In 1996, Wyoming placed two players on the First Team, tyingwith Kansas State and Montana for the most individuals on the firstteam.
Cowboy seniors Jay Korth and Cory Wedel were named to the firstteam for the second consecutive year. Fellow senior Brian Lee earnedFirst Team honors for the first time, while junior Brian Brown was named to the Second Team.
Korth, an offensive lineman from Battle Creek, Neb., has achieved a 3.91 cumulative grade point average in mechanical engineering. Wedel, a place-kicker from Burlington, Colo., carries a 3.94 g.p.a. in agricultural education. Both were GTE First Team Academic All-Americans in 1996, as well. They were two of only six individuals to earn the honor each of the past two seasons.
Lee, a free safety from Arvada, Colo., makes his first appearance on the team this year. A business major with a 3.55 g.p.a., Lee led the nation in interceptions this season with eight, and has been named to three All-American teams -- Football News, Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Brown, a junior middle linebacker from Columbus, Mont., has earned a 3.80 g.p.a. in business. Brown also led the Cowboys in tackles in '97 with 136.
The only other schools to place multiple players on the 1997 GTE First Team were Nebraska and Eastern Washington -- each had two players named to the first team.