November 7, 2008

Three more Tech student-athletes named Academic All-District

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Recognition continues for Tennessee Tech student-athletes for their success in the classroom, with Academic All-District honors going to two football players and one member of the Golden Eagle volleyball squad.

Junior Bradley Thompson and sophomore Taylor Askew have been named first-team Academic All-District in football, while junior Teresa Craig has earned second-team honors in volleyball. Askew and Craig own perfect 4.0 grade averages, while Thompson is just behind with a 3.97 GPA. Askew and Thompson were also named last season, and this year's spot on the first-team means their names will advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.

"These awards are a reflection of the dedication of our student-athletes, as well as our coaches and staff, to high academic achievement," said Director of Athletics Mark Wilson. "We are extremely grateful that they are being recognized individually for their hard work in the classroom. It is truly well-deserved."

Taylor Askew is a political science major from Knoxville, Tenn., with a 4.0 grade point average, and has started every game in 2008 at offensive tackle. He is part of an offensive line that ranks among national FCS leaders in fewest sacks allowed. He was also named Academic All-District in 2007, and was named to the TTU Athletic Director's Honor Roll all four semesters. The winner of the OVC Academic Medal of Honor for posting the highest GPA in the league among all conference football players, Askew was also named to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll.

A mechanical engineering major from Jamestown, Tenn., Thompson has managed a 3.97 grade point average. He has played in all 10 games this season and has 14 total tackles, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss. Named to the 2007 CoSIDA Academic All-District team, he was also voted to the 2007 FCS Athletic Director's Association Academic All-Star team. During his collegiate career Thompson has been named every semester to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, and was also named each of the past two seasons to the OVC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll.

Craig, a native of Muncie, Ind., has been a key part in the Golden Eagle volleyball team's push to the top of the OVC standings in 2008. With the team at 15-9 overall and 12-2 in the conference, Craig has 81 kills with a .145 hitting percentage to go along with 181 digs and 15 service aces. An injury suffered shortly after the season began limited her playing time early in the season, but the political science major did not let that stop her, either on the court or in the classroom. She owns a 4.0 grade point average, she was also the recipient of the Ohio Valley Conference Medal of Honor for having the highest GPA among all conference volleyball players.

The teams are selected by the College Sports Information Director's of America (CoSIDA), and sponsored by ESPN The Magazine.

The selection of Askew, Thompson an Craig gives Tech five Academic All-District selections this fall, joining soccer selections Kathryn Lally and Taren Brown who were announced last week.

Since 1985, a total of 96 Tennessee Tech student-athletes have earned Academic All-District awards.

Craig is the 12th winner from the Golden Eagle volleyball program, joining previous selections Angie Duncan (1985, 1986, 1987), Rachel Melchiorre (1995, 1996, 1997), Kara Gilbert (2001, 2002), Anne Morrow (2004, 2005),and Jess Seyfert (2005)

In football, Askew and Thompson give the program a total of 24 selections. Previous football winners are Barry Wilmore (1985), Andy Rittenhouse (1985, 1986, 1987), Joel Chandler (1986), Clark Rickey (1987), Spencer Hissam (1990), Ted Lockerby (1991, 1992), Scott Trent (1995), Jeff Norman (1997), Wes Gallagher (1997, 198, 1999), Nick Solomon (2000), Grant Swallows (2001), Trey Perry (2002), Brett Vavra (2004), Jon Mahan (2005), Taylor Askew (2007, 2008) and Bradley Thpmpson (2007, 2008).