Nov. 18, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Senior linebacker Steve Gleason and two Washington State University teammates have been named to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 football team announced this week by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Gleason, who leads the Cougars in tackles and is ranked second in the Pacific-10 Conference with 98 stops, was named to the first team, while Serign Marong and Paul Mencke were both selected to the second team.
An All-Pac-10 pick last year, Gleason boasts a 3.20 grade point average in management information systems. The former Gonzaga Prep (Spokane, Wash.) standout is WSU's defensive captain for the second straight year. He has had 10 or more tackles in six of WSU's 10 contests this year, including a 16-tackle effort against Arizona. He is second on the team with nine tackles-for-losses.
Mencke, who has seen duty for the Cougars as both a quarterback and receiver, was named to the team as a tight end. Mencke, also from Spokane, is a junior with a 3.24 gpa in education. He started the season as a receiver, but moved to became WSU's backup quarterback midway through the season when Jason Gesser was out of action with a thumb injury.
The versatile Marong, who played his prep football at Pullman High, is a sophomore linebacker and member of several special team units. He has made three starts in his career and against Louisiana-Lafayette earlier this season recorded a career-high seven tackles, including one for a loss of three yards.
A total of 11 players from the Pacific-10 Conference were named to the first team, the most from any one conference. The list included 11 seniors, 10 juniors and three sophomores.