WMU News

Two football Broncos earn academic honors

Dec. 30, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's Jason Feldpausch and Jake Gasaway have been named to the Mid-American Conference All-Academic Football Team.

Feldpausch, a junior safety from Fowler, Mich., and Gasaway a senior center from Lowell, Ind., were among 27 student-athletes from 14 schools selected to the 2002 team. Both Feldpausch and Gasaway were also selected for the league's 2001 all-academic team.

Feldpausch carries a 3.32 overall grade-point average with a major in computer science. The 5-foot 10-inch,195-pound defensive back was named WMU's Most Valuable Player after finishing second in team tackles (104) and passes defended (8). His five forced fumbles led the MAC and ranked 10th nationally in the latest NCAA statistics, released Dec. 7.

Gasaway has a 3.34 GPA with a major in marketing. Listed at 6-feet 3-inches tall and 282 pounds, Gasaway allowed just three sacks in 856 snaps and was named permanent offensive captain by
teammates at the Broncos' awards banquet. He helped open holes for three 100-yard rushing performances and a 200-yard rushing day.

The 2002 all-academic squad was selected, regardless of position, by the MAC Faculty Athletic Representatives based on academic and athletic achievements. The selection process differed from that used in 2001, when student-athletes automatically qualified by meeting certain GPA and participation standards.

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 269 387-4138, daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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