Nov. 5, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District football teams. Three University of Wyoming Cowboys earned Second Team Academic All-District VII honors. The three are seniors: Russ Arnold, Weston Johnson and Jesson Salyards.
The three Cowboy seniors were among only 49 student-athletes recognized on the University Division Team in District VII, which includes the states of Wyoming, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta. A total of 25 District VII football players were named to the First Team and 24 were selected to the Second Team. All First Team selections advance on to the national ballot for consideration in voting for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team.
Russ Arnold, Second Team selection, is originally from Westminster, Colo. He has achieved a 3.31 cumulative grade-point average in business administration at Wyoming. Arnold was elected a team captain this season and is Wyoming's starting offensive center.
Weston Johnson, Second Team selection, is a native of Wray, Colo. He carries a 3.44 cumulative gpa in marketing, with a minor in finance. Johnson was also named the Top Senior Marketing Student by the UW College of Business. He is a starting outside linebacker and team captain for the Cowboys.
Jesson Salyards, Second Team selection, is originally from Haxtun, Colo. He has built a 3.47 cumulative grade-point average in mechanical engineering at the University of Wyoming. He has started 18 of 43 career games at tight end for the Cowboys.
The criteria for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District teams are:
1. A student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution.
2. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form.
3. No student-athlete is eligible until he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
4. In the cases of transfers, graduate students and two-year college graduates, the student-athlete must have completed one full calendar year at the nominating institution to be eligible.