Six Dolphins Earn Academic All-Conference Honors in Football

Feb. 12, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - - Jacksonville University football had six student-athletes earn Second-Team Academic All-Pioneer Football League honors, as released by the league office today. Fifty-two student-athletes from nine institutions were honored on the ninth annual Academic All-PFL squads, including a league-best 12 from the University of Dayton, the 2001 PFL Champions.

Sophomore tackle Kevin Womble (Bonifay, Fla.), senior guard Buck Walz (St. Petersburg, Fla.), senior wide receiver D.J. Walton (Miami, Fla.) and junior tight end Andrew Bianchi (Tallassee, Ala.) earned second-team honors on the offensive side of the ball. Senior defensive linemen Will Weatherford (Odessa, Fla.) and Scott Wilson (Holy Hill, Fla.) were honored on defense as the Dolphins sported one of the top pass defenses in the country.

"We are extremely proud of the success we had this year, both in the classroom and on the field," JU athletic director Hugh Durham said. "Not only does the PFL provide us with excellent competition on the field, but it is one of the top academic football conferences in the country."

Pioneer Football League athletic directors established the Academic All-PFL squads in 1993 as a way to recognize the league's outstanding student-athletes. To be nominated, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.0 grade point average for his career. No athlete is eligible until he has reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his institution.

The Dolphins also placed 27 student-athletes on the PFL Honor Roll, which was established this season by the PFL athletic directors and coaches. The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in football at member institutions during the fall semester and posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher while enrolled full time in accordance with NCAA rules.

JU finished the 2001 season with a 6-5 record and won the PFL Southern Division Championship in its first season in the league. The Dolphins also finished with a No. 9 ranking in the Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major Poll after losing to No. 2 Dayton in the Inaugural PFL Championship Game. It marked the first time in the four-year history of the program the Dolphins posted a winning record.

JU Dolphins on the 2001 Academic All-Pioneer Football League Squads

Second Team - Offense
Student-Athlete      Class       Position          Cumulative GPA   Major
Kevin Womble         Sophomore   Offensive Tackle      3.568        Engineering
Buck Walz            Senior      Offensive Guard       3.209        English
D.J. Walton          Senior      Wide Receiver         3.322        Communications
Andrew Bianchi       Junior      Tight End             3.328        Computer Info. Systems

Second-Team - Defense Will Weatherford Senior Defensive End 3.131 International Business Scott Wilson Senior Defensive Tackle 3.200 History