Nov. 27, 2006
IRVING, Texas - University of Houston senior linebacker Wade Koehl was named a unanimous pick to the Conference USA All-Academic team, the conference office released Monday. The team is voted on by the school's sports information directors and consists of 11 student-athletes that have a 3.2 cumulative GPA or higher.
Koehl helped lead to Cougars to a 9-3 record and a spot in the conference championship game as the West Division champions on Dec. 1 at Robertson Stadium. A four-year starter, Koehl was recently named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VI First Team and has been named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll three times. He is an accounting major with a 3.52 GPA.
The Midland, Texas native has also been named a finalist for the Wuerfful Trophy and the Draddy Award and was named to the Butkus Award Watch List in 2006. This season, Koehl has 54 tackles, 36 solo and 18 assists.
Tulsa quarterback Paul Smith was the only other unanimous selection to the C-USA All-Academic Team. He was also named to the First Team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VI team and has a 3.80 GPA in communications. Smith's teammate offensive tackle Mike Mengers was named to the team.
Memphis teammates senior Rusty Clayton and sophomore Brandon Patterson were the only other teammates to be named to the list.
East Carolina senior Kevin Roach, Southern Miss senior Travis Cooley, Tulane senior Michael Purcell and UTEP senior Reagan Schnieder were each named to the inaugural team.
Sophomores Thomas Morstead of SMU and Sha'reff Rashad of UCF round out the team.
Koehl, Smith, Mengers, Clayton and Roach are finalists for ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America honor.
Koehl and the Cougars will host Southern Miss for the Conference USA Championship on Dec 1 at 7 p.m. at Robertson Stadium.
Conference USA Football All-Academic Team
Student-Athlete Cl. School GPA/Major Hometown
Kevin Roach Sr. East Carolina 3.44 / Accounting (Grad) Williamston, N.C.
Wade Koehl Sr. Houston 3.52 / Accounting Midland, Texas
Rusty Clayton Sr. Memphis 3.61 / Criminal Justice Sumrall, Miss.
Brandon Patterson Soph. Memphis 3.73 / Finance Germantown, Tenn.
Thomas Morstead Soph. SMU 3.55 / Mechanical Engineering Pearland, Texas
Travis Cooley Sr. Southern Miss 3.00, Sports Admin.(undergrad) & Waynesboro, Miss. 3.65, Human Resource Mgt. (Grad)
Michael Purcell Sr. Tulane 3.64 / Finance Dripping Springs, Texas
Mike Mengers Sr. Tulsa 3.74 / Mechanical Engineering Mustang, Okla.
Paul Smith Jr. Tulsa 3.80 / Communication Owasso, Okla.
Sha'reff Rashad Soph. UCF 3.61 / Criminal Justice Jacksonville, Fla.
Reagan Schneider Sr. UTEP 3.34 / Kinesiology Canyon Lake, Texas