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Nov. 8, 2007

COLUMBIA – Senior running back Lanard Stafford and junior offensive lineman Jamon Meredith earned spots on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District (III) Football Team. Voted on by College Sports Information Directors Association members, the award is based on the student-athlete’s combination of athletic and academic achievement. Both Stafford and Meredith are now eligible for Academic All-America honors, which will be announced later this fall.

Stafford, an electrical engineering major, has started six of the Gamecocks’ 10 games this season. He has been a valuable blocking back for a pair of running backs that has combined for 1,280 yards this season. He was named team captain for the Mississippi State game and made a career-long 13-yard reception at North Carolina. Stafford was named the Harold White GPA Award winner for the offense in Spring 2007 and was a member of the 2006 SEC Fall Sports Academic Honor Roll.

A sport and entertainment management major, Meredith has helped the Gamecocks to points in 31 of 37 trips into the red zone this season, including 22 touchdowns. Regarded as one of the team’s top offensive linemen, he has started the last 23 games of his career. Meredith was named the 2006 Andrew Sorensen Scholar-Athlete for Football and was a member of the 2006 SEC Fall Sports Academic Honor Roll.

To be eligible for the Academic All-District team, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve, be of sophomore academic and athletic standing at their current institution and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III Football Team

P Brian Mimbs Georgia Jr. Risk Management and Insurance
QB Tim Tebow Florida So. Family Youth and Community Service
WR Myles Potter Davidson Jr. Chemistry
WR Rocky Ross Central Florida Jr. Criminal Justice
TE Andrew Atchison William & Mary Gr. BS in Biology/MAED Science
RB Lanard Stafford South Carolina Sr. Electrical Engineering
RB Jerome Felton Furman Sr. Political Science
OL Louis Frazier Wake Forest Sr. Biology
OL Kevin Tuminello Georgia Tech Sr. Building Construction
OL Jamon Meredith South Carolina Jr. Sport and Entertainment Management
OL Matt Rumsey Duke Sr. Political Science
OL Scott Shuford Furman Sr. Communications/Religion
K Nick Ellis Charleston Southern Sr. Social Studies Education
DB Myron Rolle Florida State So. Exercise Science
DB Dan Tavani Wofford Sr. Accounting
DB Patrick FitzGerald Davidson Sr. History
DB Sha’reff Rashad Central Florida Jr. Criminal Justice
LB Pierre Banks Appalachian State Fr. BS Communication/MA Educational Media
LB Jacob Rochester VMI Jr. Economics and Business
LB Kevin Adleman Wofford Sr. Accounting
DL Darryl Richard Georgia Tech Gr. BS Management/MBA
DL Keith Shologan Central Florida Sr. Finance
DL Patrick Bailey Duke Sr. Electrical and Computer Engineering
DL Jeremy Thompson Wake Forest Sr. Health and Exercise Science