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6 Y. GRIDDERS NAMED TO ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

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BYU has placed six members on the Western Athletic Conference All-Academic football team, was announced this week.

The BYU players are wide receiver Jeff Frandsen (3.47 grade-point average in political science); guard Jim Balmforth (3.5 in accounting); reserve quarterback Sean Covey (3.84 cumulative in English); fullback Fred Whittingham (3.55 in psychology, 3.24 cumulative); kicker Jason Chaffetz (3.08 in business); and defensive tackle Pete Harston (3.64 in business).

The GPAs are based on the previous academic year except where noted.

DETMER NO. 1: Quarterback Ty Detmer is the No. 1-ranked passer in the nation again this week after producing a big day against UTEP last Saturday afternoon.

Detmer, who had slipped from No. 1 to No. 2 last week, has a pass-efficiency rating of 167.4, giving him a big 8.4-point lead over runner-up Shawn Moore of Virginia. If Detmer maintains his current rating, it would stand as the fourth best single-season mark in NCAA history. So far this season, Detmer has completed 63 percent of his passes (155 of 248) for 2,644 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Against UTEP he completed 22 of 28 passes for 426 yards, three TDs and two interceptions.

Detmer ranks a distant second in total offense behind Houston's Andre Ware (370.4 yards per game to 411.5).

Utah's Scott Mitchell is third in total offense (329.4) and 24th in pass efficiency (132.6). He has completed 54 percent of his passes (202 of 374) for 2,709 yards, 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Elsewhere in the national stats, cornerback Brian Mitchell is tied for ninth in interceptions with five, and tight end Chris Smith is 20th in receiving, averaging 5.4 catches a game.

In team stats, BYU is second only to Houston in both passing offense (393.4 to 542.8) and total offense (538.6 to 663.2), and is eighth in scoring (averaging 37.6 points).

BIEGEL UPDATE: After being sidelined for two games, linebacker Rocky Biegel might travel with the team to Honolulu this week, depending on whether his injured knee passes a test on Wednesday.

"We won't take him just for the ride," says BYU Coach LaVell Edwards. "If we take him it would be to play. We wouldn't start him, but we'd have him ready. He's made significant progress."

ADD INJURIES: BYU's injury situation remains good. Biegel is the only regular to miss playing time this season because of injuries. Dave Porter, Biegel's replacement, injured a shoulder last week, but he's expected to be ready for Saturday's game against Hawaii.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "It's like being a ballerina. Tight pants, not much contact and a whole lot of kicking." - BYU kicker Jason Chaffetz, when asked what it's like to be a kicker.