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RaMon Johnson Named BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year

RaMon Johnson was named the BIG EAST football scholar-athlete of the year.

RaMon Johnson was named the BIG EAST football scholar-athlete of the year.

Feb. 8, 2001

PROVIDENCE - Boston College senior RaMon Johnson (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) heads a record group of 65 student-athletes named to the 2000 BIG EAST All Academic Football Team, the league announced.

The Eagle defensive back is the winner of the BIG EAST/A?ropostale Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, presented for the first time this season. He receives a $2,000 scholarship which may be applied to graduate or professional studies.

A native of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, Johnson excelled in all aspects at Boston College. A team tri-captain this past season, he led the Eagles with 85 tackles (59 unassisted). He also had two interceptions. He played in 33 career games (24 starts) and two bowl contests, recording 59 tackles as a junior and 34 as a sophomore.

Johnson finished his career on a strong note, registering a game-high 12 tackles in the Eagles' 31-17 win over Arizona State in the Jeep Eagle Aloha Bowl on Dec. 25.

In the classroom, Johnson earned his Bachelor's Degree in Finance in just three and a half years. He is currently enrolled in the Master's of Business Administration (MBA) program at Boston College and has taken 10 classes towards that degree. He is a two-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team choice and a Dean's List student. He has also participated in the Tucker Anthony/BIG EAST Challenge and the BC Pen Pal Program, where athletes correspond regularly with inner-city school children.

Twenty-seven repeat selections were included on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team. Three players - Ryan Burch of Boston College, Michael Stewart of Miami and Syracuse's Pat Woodcock - were honored for the fourth time, the 10th, 11th and 12th players in conference history to accomplish the feat. It is also the fifth straight season the league has set a new high for number of all-academic team members.

"These players are the top student-athletes BIG EAST football has to offer," commissioner Michael Tranghese says. "We are very proud to honor them with these selections."

Nine All-BIG EAST choices made the squad. Mike Sutphin (BC), Ken Dorsey (UM), Gonzalez (UM) and Dave Kadela (VT) were first team picks in the fall, while Mike Cook (BC), Paul LaQuerre (BC), Davis (VT), Mark Fazzolari (WVU) and Khori Ivy (WVU) were All-BIG EAST Second Team. Boston College, Miami, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia tied for the most honorees with 10.

The All-Academic Team recognizes letterwinners who have posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better. Student-athletes who have completed a minimum of two semesters of academic work are eligible. It is the 10th consecutive season the BIG EAST has honored its student-athletes with an academic team.

Boston College Members of the
2000 BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team

Name Class Pos. Major Hometown Ryan Burch Senior LB Admin. Studies Lutherville, Md. Mike Cook Senior OT Admin. Studies Walpole, Mass. Tim Hasselbeck Senior QB Admin. Studies Norfolk, Mass. RaMon Johnson Senior FS Business Admin. Warrensville Heights, Ohio Paul LaQuerre Senior OG Admin. Studies West Barnstable, Mass. Kevin McMyler Soph. P English Dallas, Texas John Richardson Junior OG Psychology Cincinnati, Ohio Sandro Sciortino Red Fr. PK Communications Markham, Ontario Mike Sutphin Senior PK Admin. Studies Ellicott City, Md. Ryan Utzler Senior FB Marketing Easton, Conn.

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