Josh Coffman Named To C-USA All-Academic Team
Nov. 30, 2007
IRVING, Texas - East Carolina senior offensive lineman Josh Coffman was one of 13 student athletes to be named to the 2007 Conference USA Football All-Academic Team league officials announced today. The all-academic team consists of student-athletes that have earned a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better and are a starter or key reserve on the football team.
Six seniors, two juniors, a sophomore and four student-athletes that have received their undergraduate degrees and are balancing football with graduate coursework make up the 2007 All-Academic Team. Memphis' two selections, senior Jake Kasser and grad student Brandon Patterson, were both honored with ESPN The Magazine CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team selections and Patterson was named to the Academic All-America second team.
Patterson is joined on the Academic All-America national list by Tulsa senior quarterback Paul Smith, an Academic All-America first-teamer who is also a finalist for the prestigious Draddy Award. Smith, the C-USA Co-Player of the Year as selected by the media, maintains a 3.84 GPA as a communication major while leading the Golden Hurricane into tomorrow's 2007 Bright House Networks Conference USA Football Championship. Smith will be joined on the field, and is joined on the all-academic squad, by teammate Nelson Coleman. A senior linebacker at TU, Coleman holds the school record for career tackles with 403 stops. He received his undergraduate degree in May 2007 and is currently in his first semester of graduate school studying management.
Tulsa's opponent in tomorrow's championship is host UCF. The Knights are represented on the all-academic squad by senior DT Keith Shologan, a first team Academic All-American and junior Sha'reef Rashad, who is a repeat selection from last year's team. Rashad was selected to the Media All-Conference USA second-team after leading the team with a career-high 90 tackles.
Rice senior Robby Heos and teammate Andrew Sendejo, the lone senior on the squad, were both selected to the 2007 All-Academic Team. The Owls were also represented by the duo on the All-Conference second-team, Heos as an offensive lineman and Sendejo as a defensive back.
A pair of SMU Mustangs earned a spot on the All-Academic Team as senior Zack Sledge and junior Thomas Morstead represented the Mustangs. Sledge recorded the second-best single season in SMU history with 10 TD catches. Morstead was also named to the All-Conference USA first-team by the media at punter after leading the league with a 44.6-yard average on punts. That figure ranks ninth nationally and he earned a spot on the Ray Guy Award Watch List.
Southern Miss senior quarterback Jeremy Young and graduate students Josh Coffman of East Carolina and Lorne Sam of UTEP round out the All-Academic Team. A complete list of the All-Academic winners follows:
2007 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM