Three UW Football Players Selected to the 2004 Academic All-District VII First Team

Nov. 12, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday its Academic All-District Football Teams. The 2004 Academic All-District VII Football Team -- University Division included three Wyoming Cowboys on the First Team and two Cowboys on the Second Team.

Earning First Team honors were: Wyoming senior center Trenton Franz, of Fort Collins, Colo.; junior running back C.R. Davis of Phoenix, Ariz.; and junior punter Adam Brooks of Vermillion, S.D. Franz was selected to the Academic All-District VII team for the third consecutive year. It was the second straight season that Davis earned the honor, and Brooks was selected for the first time.

Two other Cowboys were voted Second Team Academic All-District VII. The two Second Team selections were: sophomore defensive end Mike Groover of Boulder, Colo., and junior linebacker Jeff Tatnall of Newark, Del.

All First Team selections advance on to the national ballot for Academic All-Amerca voting. That 2004 Academic All-America Football Team will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004.

District VII is made up of the states of: Wyoming, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota; and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. A total of 87 players from 19 universities were nominated in District VII, with only 24 earning First Team honors.

2004 Academic All-District VII Football Team

First Team

Trenton Franz, Sr., Center, Fort Collins, Colo. (3.814 gpa in Mechanical Engineering)

In addition to his third Academic All-District VII award, Franz is also one of only eight Divison I-A football players to be awarded a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Fellowship this season.

A three-time Academic All-Mountain West Conference selection, Franz graduated Cum Laude in May of 2004 from UW with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, and is currently working toward a graduate degree in civil engineering. He also received an EPSCOR Research Grant to study Fiber Reinforced Polymer Concrete Members. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and the Mortar Board.

A two-time All-Conference Honorable Mention pick, Franz has started 40 consecutive games for the Cowboys at center. He also was one of only 57 individuals nationally to be named to the 2004 Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List. The Outland Trophy honors the top interior lineman in the nation each year.

C.R. Davis, Jr., Running Back, Phoenix, Ariz. (3.625 gpa in Political Science)

Davis was voted to the Academic All-District VII team for the second consecutive year. He is a two-time Academic All-Mountain West Conference selection entering this year. Davis has 21 rushing attempts this season for 89 yards and a 4.2 yard-per-carry average. He also has caught four passes of 13 yards. Davis is a two-time letterwinner at Wyoming, playing in 26 career games. He plans on studying law once his undergraduate studies are complete.

Adam Brooks, Jr., Punter, Vermillion, S.D. (3.298 gpa in Criminal Justice)

Brooks is currenlty ranked No. 11 in the nation in punting, averaging 44.1 yard per punt. He has placed 27 percent of his punts inside the 20-yard line and 46 percent of his punts haven't been returned. Only in his first season as Wyoming's starting punter, Brooks made one of the most important plays of the season for Wyoming in a 37-32 home win over Ole Miss. With a little over 10 minutes to go in the game against Ole Miss, Brooks had a punt blocked by the Rebels on his own 40-yard line, but he had the presence of mind to run back, pick up the ball and punt it a second time for a 56-yard effort that pinned Ole Miss back on its own 25-yard line.

Second Team

Mike Groover, Sr., Defensive End, Boulder, Colo. (3.261 gpa in Exercise and Sport Science)

Mike Groover has been an important contributor on both special teams and the much-improved Cowboy defense in 2004. He earned Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors as a true freshman last year. Groover has played in all nine games for the Cowboys this season, and has played in 16 of 21 career games for UW.

Jeff Tatnall, Jr., Linebacker, Newark, Del. (4.000 gpa in Marketing)

Tatnall earned Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors last season as a sophomore, and also was named a Conference Scholar-Athlete. This season, he has 24 total tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery from his linebacker position. One of the top special teams players for UW, he was named Wyoming's special teams captain for the season opener against Appalachian State. Tatnall has played in all nine games for the Cowboys this season, and has appeared in 28 career games.