Southern Utah punter Steve McDowell has been named to the GTE Academic All-America first team in his college division.

McDowell is a junior, majoring in psychology with a 3.81 grade point average. A native of Gilbert, Ariz., McDowell competed this year, despite losing half of his planting foot in a mowing accident. He still averaged 40.6 yards per punt and earned second-team all-conference honors.