Nov. 5, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University football student-athletes Casey Hamlett, Micah Hannam and Chima Nwachukwu were named to the ESPN The Magazine2009 Academic All-District VIII First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced Thursday.
The honor marks the third-straight season Hannam has been named to the academic all-district VIII team, garnering first-team honors in 2008 and a second-team selection in 2007. A civil engineering major from Gig Harbor, Wash., Hannam, a redshirt junior, has started all eight games this season at right tackle for WSU, and all 34 games of his Cougar career, while carrying a grade point average of 3.59.
Hamlett, a management and operations major from Edmonds, Wash., receives the honor for the first time after transferring to WSU in January 2009, following Western Washington University's discontinuation of its football program. The junior defensive end, who boasts a 3.72 GPA, has seen action in all eight games this season, four as a starter. He has registered 12 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one recovered fumble.
Nwachukwu is another first-time honoree on the CoSIDA All-Academic Team, on the strength of his 3.79 GPA as a political science major. A native of Allen, Texas, the junior posted a 4.0 GPA during his sophomore year and serves as WSU's 2009-10 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president. On the field he has started all eight games this season, leading the team in tackles with 56. Additionally, he has intercepted a pass, recovered two fumbles and forced another.
The Pacific-10 Conference placed eight individuals on the first team, with WSU placing a conference-best three players on the list, while Stanford and California each had two.