Nov. 23, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Linebacker Pat Bennett led a list of six Washington State representatives on the 2004 Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team announced Tuesday.
Bennett, who along with Stanford's Kevin Schimmelmann was named to the first team for the third time, carries a 3.43 grade point average as a hotel administration major. The Forks, Wash., native recorded 38 tackles and two interceptions during his senior season in 2004. He intercepted a pass at the Washington State 10-yard line Saturday against Washington to prevent a Husky score with time winding down in the first half.
"Pat has had a tremendous career as a Cougar both on and off the field," Washington State Head Coach Bill Doba said. "He was an awesome young man to be around and I wish we had him here for a few more years."
Bennett was joined by juniors Troy Bienemann and Riley Fitt-Chappell on the first team. Bienemann owns the highest grade point average of any player in the conference selected to the first team, a 3.75 in communication. The California native hauled in 26 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns in 2004 despite being hampered throughout the season by an injury sustained against Arizona. He doubles as the Cougars' long snapper in punting situations.
"Troy really battled all season for us," Doba said. "He was never quite up to par health-wise after the Arizona game and I'm really proud of the way he fought through that. He is a hard-working young man and being selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic team again is proof of that."
Bienemann was also named to the first team in 2003 and earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII team last week.
Fitt-Chappell earned first team honors on the strength of his 3.49 grade point average in management information systems. Fitt-Chappell, who serves as WSU's long snapper for field goals and point-after attempts and is a reserve offensive lineman, was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic second team as a sophomore in 2003.
Redshirt freshmen Kevin McCall and Matt Mullennix were named to the second team in their first year of eligibility. McCall carries a 3.21 grade point average, while Mullennix owns a 3.35 in business administration.
Fellow redshirt freshman Alex Brink, who quarterbacked Washington State to a victory over Washington in the Apple Cup Saturday, earned honorable mention.
Cougars On The Pac-10 All-Academic Team
TE/LS Troy Bienemann First Team 3.75 Communication OL/LS Riley Fitt-Chappell First Team 3.49 MIS OLB Pat Bennett First Team 3.43 Hotel Administration RB Kevin McCall Second Team 3.21 Undeclared DE Matt Mullennix Second Team 3.35 Business Administration QB Alex Brink Honorable Mention 3.48 Sport Management
Complete Pac-10 All-Academic Team