Tulsa's Smith Named First-Team Academic All-American
Dec. 3, 2007
Tulsa, Oklahoma - For the second consecutive year Tulsa quarterback Paul Smith has earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors, but this season the senior has been named to the first team.
He was a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America selection last season. Smith is one of three quarterbacks named to the first-team this year and is joined by Florida's Tim Tebow and Louisville's Brian Brohm.
Smith, who possesses a 3.84 GPA in communication, will graduate in December. Next week, Smith will be in New York City to be honored as a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete winner and a finalist for the Draddy Award.
A day earlier, Smith was named as the media's choice for Co-Offensive Player of the Year in Conference USA and also earned first-team all-league accolades.
Smith ranks among the nation's top-3 quarterbacks for total passing yards, total offense, passing yards per game and pass efficiency and is first for points responsible for. He has completed 61-percent of his passes for 4,327 yards and 39 touchdowns this season, thus establishing Conference USA single-season records for total offense, passing yards, touchdowns responsible for and TD passes thrown.
This season, Smith has thrown for 300+ yards in all 12 games. He has set school career and single-season records for passing, touchdown passes and total offense.
Since 1995, Smith's academic honor now marks the eighth time and the third straight year that Tulsa has had either a first- or second-team Academic All-American for football.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.
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