Three Maryland football players named Academic All-ACC

Baltz, Francis, Pinegar all selected to team

February 17, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff

Three Maryland football players were selected to the 2009 Academic All-Atlantic Coast Conference team, the school announced Wednesday.

Travis Baltz, a junior punter from Whitehouse, Ohio, was named an Academic All-ACC player for the third straight year. Redshirt freshman defensive tackle A.J. Francis and redshirt junior offensive lineman Paul Pinegar were chosen for the team for the first time.

The Academic All-ACC team selects players who have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average last semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative average.

Baltz, who missed five games last season with a sprained ankle and broken finger, averaged 40.7 yards on 28 punts. Baltz's selection makes it nine consecutive years in which the Terps have had an Academic All-ACC punter. Brooks Barnard was chosen from 2001-02, while Adam Podlesh was honored from 2003-06.

Francis, a Severn native who attended Gonzaga (D.C.), recorded 31 tackles in 12 starts for Maryland. Pinegar also started 12 games last year, playing five at left guard, four at right tackle and three at left tackle.

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