ESPN.com invited student-athletes from a number of the top schools and programs across the country to tell us what they think about the issues facing NCAA athletes.
Major: Organizational Communication
Achievements: Portland is currently ranked in the top 10 in both the Soccer America and NSCAA polls; Member of the 2005 NCAA national championship team; Invited to U.S. U-21 team camp in 2006; member of the Olympic Development Program; 2005 Soccer Times Third Team All-America; 2005 College Cup Defensive MVP; 2005 College Cup All-Tournament Team; 2005 NSCAA Second Team Scholar All-America; 2004 All-West Coast Conference honorable mention
Major: Sociology criminal justice
Achievements: Member of the Lady Vols 2005 team, which lost in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament; Member of the 2005 USA Basketball Women's U19 World Championship team; Ranked 14th in the UT record books in career blocks (80); 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV third team; 2005 SEC All-Academic honors; 2004 SEC All-Freshman Team; 2004 Dean's List honors; 2004 SEC All-Academic Freshman Team.
Major: University studies/Communications
Achievements: 2006 NCAA Championship third place finish; Three-time All-American; Two-time Big 12 champion (2004, 2006); 2005 NCAA Championship third-place finish; Named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Brockport Classic; Placed third at 2004 Olympic trials, behind two silver medalists; Ranked No. 1 on Olympic ladder.
Major: Economics/Managerial studies
Achievements: Member of the 2006 Rice baseball team, which was a semifinalist in the College World Series (lost to eventual champion, Oregon State); Ended the season ranked No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll; 2005 Freshman All-America (Collegiate Baseball); 2005 All-Western Athletic Conference (first team); WAC All-Academic; All-Silver Glove Series.
Major: General Studies, School of Management
Achievements: Member of the 2006 Syracuse lacrosse team, which lost in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament to eventual champion Virginia; Syracuse finished the season ranked No. 7 in the STX/USILA Top 25 Poll; 2006 STX USILA Third Team All-American; ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Men's At-Large Second Team; 2005 STX/USILA Honorable Mention All-America.
Achievements: Member of the 2005-2006 Marquette basketball team, which was upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by Alabama; Played in 23 games for the Golden Eagles making 13 consecutive starts before suffering a stress fracture in his right foot; High School: Named the 2005 Mr. Basketball for the state of Wisconsin by the WBCA/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; 2005 Associated Press Wisconsin Player of the Year.
School: Notre Dame
Major: Anthropology and pre-professional studies
Achievements: Vice-president of the Notre Dame Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in 2006-07; 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American third-team; First women's lacrosse player to win Notre Dame's prestigious Christopher Zorich Award for community service work; Recipient of the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award for her work in the classroom; Rebounded from a serious knee injury in 2005 to play in 17 games during 2006; Finished fifth in scoring with career highs in goals (14), assists (9) and points (23).
School: Boston College
Sport: Ice Hockey
Achievements: Member of the 2005-2006 BC team, which lost to Wisconsin in the NCAA championship game; 2005-2005 AHCA All-America first-team honors; Won Hockey East's Goaltending Award for the lowest goals against average; Hockey East All-Conference second-team; 2006 NCAA Tournament Northeast Region MVP; Two-time Hockey East All-Academic Team; First-round selection by the Vancouver Canucks (26th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Position: Offensive lineman
Achievements: Member of the 2006 Cal football team, which is currently ranked No. 16; Two-time Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention; Finalists for ARA Sportsmanship Award; Honored for his community service at the 2005 football team banquet.
Achievements: 2005 Defensive MVP of the Poinsettia Bowl after recording a career-high 11 tackles, including three sacks; Postseason honors candidate; Ranked 14th in the country in tackles for loss in 2005; Ranked fifth on the team in 2005 with 67 tackles; Class president all four years of high school; Valedictorian of his graduating class.
Achievements: Member of the 2005-2006 national championship Wisconsin team; Named Frozen Four MVP, the first freshman and first goalie to receive the award; First goalie to record a shutout in the Frozen Four (had two); Represented U.S. in three-game U-22 series between U.S. and Canada.
Major: Markets and Culture
Achievements: Member of the 2006 SMU men's soccer team, which is currently the No. 1 team in the country and undefeated (11-0-1); Team tri-captain; Saw action in all 23 games in 2005, including three starts; Member of the U.S. U-17 national team in high school.