Dec. 1, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming center Trenton Franz was one of only 24 college football players in the nation named to the 2004 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Football First Team on Wednesday. The senior from Fort Collins, Colo., completed his bachelor's degree in civil engineering in May of 2004 with a 3.81 cumulative grade point average. He is currently taking graduate courses in engineering. This is the first time in his four-year career that he achieved Academic All-America recognition.
In November, Franz was selected Academic All-District VII in voting by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). It was the third consecutive year that Franz had earned Academic All-District honors. Those student-athletes selected First Team All-District advance onto the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
Franz has been named an Academic All-Mountain West Conference honoree and Conference Scholar-Athlete for each of the past three years, and will earn his fourth such honor when the team is announced after the completion of the 2004 season.
By being one of only 24 student-athletes named to the Academic All-America First Team in the University Division, Franz is in a very exclusive group. There are 117 NCAA Division I-A programs this season and 119 Division I-AA programs, with 85 to 100 players on each school's football squad, the selection as one of only 24 student-athletes to receive Academic All-America honors is quite an accomplishment.
Franz is the first Wyoming football player to earn Academic All-America honors since 1998 when linebacker Brian Brown was a First Team Selection. Franz becomes the 15th football player in school history to be voted a First Team Academic All-American.
He also earned a prestigious Postgraduate Fellowship from the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame in November. He was one of only eight NCAA Division I-A football players to be awarded that postgraduate scholarship of $18,000.
The senior was one of six finalists from the state of Wyoming in consideration for a Rhodes Scholarship this fall.
On Monday, Nov. 29, Franz was selected as a First Team All-Mountain West Conference offensive lineman. He has started the last 42 consecutive games at center for the Cowboys.
He is the son of Glenna and John Franz of Fort Collins, Colo.
Below are the other University of Wyoming football student-athletes to earn First Team Academic All-America honors through the years.
Wyoming First Team Academic All-Americans
2004 Trenton Franz, C
1998 Brian Brown, LB
1997 Jay Korth, OL; Brian Lee, FS; Cory Wedel, PK
1996 Jay Korth, OL; Cory Wedel, PK
1995 Joe Cummings, DE
1994 Ryan Christopherson, RB
1987 Pat Arndt, OG
1984 Bob Gustafson, OT/TE
1973 Mike Lopiccolo, OT
1967 George Mills, OG
1965 Bob Dinges, DE
1961 Fran Miknis, G