James Wilhoit is a graduate student at UT, having completed his communications degree last December with a 3.60 grade-point average. The Draddy Award semifinalist and three-time Academic All-Southeastern Conference pick has a 3.79 graduate school GPA in sports psychology.
Also a Lou Groza Award semifinalist for his on-field efforts, Wilhoit is the SEC's active scoring leader with 321 career points entering bowl season. His will finish his career second on UT's all-time scoring list and is five points from tying for sixth on the SEC career chart. Wilhoit is the league's kick-scoring leader this year with 92 points, having connected on 17-of-21 field goals and 41 extra-points.
The Hendersonville native previously was chosen to the Academic All-District 4 first team, comprised of honorees from Division I-A and I-AA teams in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.
To be eligible, student-athletes must be varsity starters or key reserves, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.