MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2003
Football Places Two On PFL All-Academic Squads

April 14, 2003

Junior offensive tackle Kevin Womble (Bonifay, Fla.) and senior strong safety Jeremy Kearson (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) of the JU football team were voted to the Pioneer Football League's 10th Annual All-Academic Teams, the league announced today. Fifty-one student-athletes from nine institutions were honored, including a league-best nine from the University of Dayton, the 2002 PFL Champions.

Womble earned first-team honors for the second-straight season after anchoring the Dolphins' offensive line, while maintaining a 3.78 grade point average in civil engineering and physics. This is the fourth honor for Womble this season. He also earned First-Team Verizon Academic All-America honors for District 3, was named to the NACDA Academic All-Star Team and was the recipient of JU's SAAC outstanding Student-Athlete Award.

Kearson, who also earned First-Team All-PFL honors, was voted second-team academic all-conference after finishing second on the team for the second-straight year with 61 tackles, including 41 solo stops and four tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He also broke up five passes, forced a fumble and returned two blocked punts for touchdowns. Off the field, Kearson has maintained a 3.1 GPA in sociology and political science.

"We are extremely proud of the success we had this year, both in the classroom and on the field," head coach Steve Gilbert 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 18 student-athletes on the PFL Honor Roll, which was established last 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 opens its 11-game 2003 schedule at Lenoir-Rhyne on Sept. 6 at 1 p.m.