08-10-2010 01:11 AM

J.J. Sanchez considered it an honor when he was voted to the preseason all-Ohio Valley Conference football team late last month.

Sanchez said he was even more honored just a few days earlier when he found out he had been named an OVC Medal of Honor winner for the 2009-2010 academic year for achieving the highest grade-point average in a conference-sponsored sport.

Sanchez became the first Southeast Missouri State football player to claim an OVC Medal of Honor since Matt Boyack during the 2006-2007 school year.

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