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Five Tar Heels Named ACC All-Academic

Five Tar Heels Named ACC All-Academic

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- North Carolina placed five Tar Heels on the 2013 ACC All-Academic Team on Monday, led by two-time honorees Benton Moss and Chris Munnelly.

Moss and Munnelly were joined on the team by freshman Trent Thornton, sophomore Michael Russell and junior Kent Emanuel.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

Emanuel earned ACC Pitcher of the Year honors for his junior campaign as the Woodstock, Ga., native posted an 11-5 record in a league-leading 132.1 innings of work.

Moss was 8-1 in his sophomore season with a 3.77 ERA in 19 appearances and 16 starts as Carolina's Saturday starter. Moss recently claimed top academic honors for the Tar Heels at the College World Series.

Munnelly appeared in 22 games with eight starts and turned in a career-low 2.39 ERA. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native recently graduated from UNC with a degree in management.

Russell anchored the second-best fielding percentage team in school history in 2013 as the sophomore shortstop appeared in 70 games and posted a .298 average with 18 stolen bases.

Thornton played a variety of roles for the Tar Heels in 2013 en route to a team-best 1.37 ERA in 91.2 innings of work. The Charlotte, N.C., native also set the school record for wins by a freshman with a 12-1 mark.