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Cornerback Ryan Schmidtz was one of five Butler players named to the Academic All-PFL Team.
Cornerback Ryan Schmidtz was one of five Butler players named to the Academic All-PFL Team.
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Five Butler Players Named To Academic All-PFL Team

Jan. 8, 2007

Three Butler players earned first team recognition and two more Bulldogs were tabbed on the second team of the 14th annual Academic All-PFL squad, released by the Pioneer Football League office.

Named first team Academic All-PFL from Butler for the second consecutive year were senior offensive lineman Rick Tyson and senior punter Phil Buchanan. Also earning first team recognition for the Bulldogs was sophomore defensive back Ryan Schmidtz. Picked to the second team from Butler were sophomore tight end Eric Notestine and junior defensive back Alex Davis.

Tyson, an accounting major, started all 11 games for the Bulldogs in 2006 and finished his career with 22 consecutive starts. He was named Butler's Most Valuable Offensive Player as a junior. Buchanan, a pharmacy major, was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs. He was named Butler's Special Teams Player of the Year in 2005 and received the team's One Play Warrior Award for special teams play in 2006. Schmidtz, a biology major, started all 11 games and finished second on the team in pass interceptions last season.

All three of Butler's first team selections also were named first team on the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team.

Notestine, a business major, was Butler's starting tight end in 2006, and he finished the season with 11 receptions for 66 yards and one touchdown. Davis, an elementary education major, was Butler's second-leading tackler in 2006 with 37 solo tackles and 34 assists. He also led the team with four pass interceptions.

Pioneer Football League athletic directors established the Academic All-PFL squads in 1993 as a way to recognize the league's outstanding student-athletes. To be nominated, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.00 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his career. No athlete is eligible until he has reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his institution.