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Walnut Creek, Calif. • The Pac-12 Conference office announced the 2012 Football All-Academic Team today and Utah led the first-team selections with five. The Utes also placed four players on the second team and another five earned honorable mention honors. To be eligible for selection to the Pac-12 academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.
Making the first team from Utah were senior wide receiver Luke Matthews (3.69/mass communication), senior offensive lineman Tevita Stevens (3.54/Spanish), senior linebacker Dave Fagergren (3.51/business), junior defensive back Brian Blechen (3.18/sociology) and sophomore defensive back Eric Rowe (3.54/undeclared). Matthews and Stevens both earned first-team honors last year as well, while Blechen improved upon last fall's honorable mention status.
Named to the Pac-12 All-Academic second team were sophomore defensive lineman Nate Fakahafua (3.19/undeclared), sophomore linebacker V.J. Fehoko (3.31/economics), freshman defensive back Charles Henderson (3.47/undeclared) and senior punter Sean Sellwood (3.70/exercise and sport science). Sellwood was a first-team selection last year.
Honorable mention selections were not limited to one per position. Honorable mention recipients from Utah included: receiver Dres Anderson, defensive lineman Viliseni Faunuku, snapper Patrick Greene, kicker Nick Marsh and tight end Dallin Rogers. Anderson, Marsh and Rogers were also honorable mention a year ago.