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Williams, McKenzie are academic All-Americans

Two Big East players -- Syracuse's Jim McKenzie and West Virginia's Reed Williams -- have been named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

McKenzie is the lone league player to earn first-team honors. A biochemistry major with a 3.89 GPA, McKenzie has started 34 straight games at Syracuse. A two-time member of the Big East all-academic team, McKenzie completed an internship at Upstate Hospital last summer.

Check out my story on McKenzie's exploits from this summer.

Williams earned second-team recognition. The fifth-year senior has a 3.86 GPA in finance and marketing.

Congratulations to both guys for their accomplishments on and off the field.