Payton Williams Selected as GTE Academic All-American
Dec. 7, 1999
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State's outstanding senior cornerback Payton Williams received a special award when he was selected to the GTE-CoSIDA Academic All-America second team. Williams is the first Fresno State football player to receive this award. The award is selected by the College Sports Information Director's of America (CoSIDA).
"This is a well-deserved honor for Payton," said head coach Pat Hill. "He is a great person, a great student and a heck of a football player. He is what you hope all student-athletes aspire to be. I'm very proud of him and happy for him. It takes a lot of hard work to achieve an honor like this."
The senior from Moreno, Calif., maintains a 3.60 GPA and will graduate in May in four years with a degree in sociology. Williams is a two-time GTE Academic All-District VIII award winner. There were 24 players from the University Division (Division I and I-AA combined) selected to the first and second Academic All-America teams.
Williams was the only player from the Western Athletic Conference selected to either the first or second team and just one of three players from the state of California selected. Stanford receiver Troy Walters (first team) and USC running back Chad Morton (second team) were the other two from the state.