ECU’s Allen and Pinkney named Conference USA All-Academic

IRVING, Texas – East Carolina seniors Sean Allen and Patrick Pinkney are two of 14 student-athletes named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team, as selected by the league’s Sports Information Directors for football Thursday. This year’s all-academic squad is made up of two graduate students, nine seniors, a junior and a pair of sophomores.

Rice and UTEP had a league-best three selections land on the All-Academic team, while East Carolina and SMU had two apiece. Memphis, Tulane, Tulsa and UCF also placed one member each on the squad. The all-academic team consists of student-athletes who have earned a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better and are a starter or key reserve on their team.

Both Allen and Pinkney are first time selections on the all-academic squad leading the Pirates to their second-straight appearance in the C-USA Championship Game.

Allen is an information technologies student with a minor in business administration. The Wilson, N.C., native owns a 3.34 GPA and was selected a preseason All-C-USA first teamer by league coaches,, Phil Steele Magazine, and The Sporting News.

Pinkney earned his bachelor’s degree in health fitness in May 2008 and is currently working towards a second degree in child development and family relations. The senior quarterback owns a 3.24 GPA and has completed 221-373 passes (59.2%) for 2,476 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.