Academic Records Continue To Fall
Feb. 2, 2009
LAS VEGAS - A program-record 20 UNLV football players were named to the 2008 Academic All-Mountain West Conference team, the league announced Monday.
The impressive total, which ranked only behind BYU and Utah in the nine-team league this year, shatters the previous school record of 16 that qualified last season.
A trio of players ended their playing college careers as rare four-time academic honorees: record-setting WR Casey Flair (Anchorage, Alaska/East HS), DL Jacob Hales (Las Vegas/Las Vegas HS) and TE Ryan Worthen (Las Vegas/Palo Verde HS).
Three other veterans picked up their third such classroom honor: WR Rodelin Anthony (Immokalee, FL/Immokalee HS), OL Mario Jeberaeel (Las Vegas/Chaparral HS) and 2008 first team All-MWC WR Ryan Wolfe (Santa Clarita, CA/Hart HS).
Other Rebels who were also on the previous year's list were QB Omar Clayton (Normal, IL/Normal Community HS), OL Evan Marchal (Petaluma, CA/Casa Grande HS) and OL Matt Murphy (Lake Forest, CA/El Toro HS). One player, DB Ryan Tillman (Rialto, CA/Rialto HS), earned his other academic honor in 2006.
Making their first appearance on the annual list this season were RB C.J. Cox (Garland, TX/North Garland HS), OL Mike Donato (Las Vegas/Eldorado HS), PK Ben Jaekle (Las Vegas/Bonanza HS), LS Kamu Kapanui (Honolulu, HI/Kamehameha HS), DB Terrance Lee (New Britain, CT/New Britain HS), LB Beau Orth (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman HS), WR Phillip Payne (Las Vegas/Western HS), DB Deante Purvis (Pinole, CA/Pinole Valley HS), DL Martin Tevaseu (Boonville, CA/Anderson Valley HS) and LB Rusty Worthen (Las Vegas/Palo Verde HS).
To be eligible for selection student-athletes must have completed at least one academic term at the school while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and be a starter or significant contributor on their team.
UNLV FOOTBALL PLAYERS ON THE 2008 ACADEMIC ALL-MWC TEAM PLAYER,POS. YEAR GPA MAJOR Rodelin Anthony, WR Junior 3.26 Political Science Omar Clayton, QB Sophomore 3.02 Undeclared C.J. Cox, RB Freshman 3.28 Undeclared Mike Donato, OL Sophomore 3.02 Psychology Casey Flair, WR Senior 3.91 MA Public Administration Jacob Hales, DL Senior 3.09 Physical Education Ben Jaekle, PK Sophomore 3.15 University Studies Mario Jeberaeel, OL Senior 3.41 University Studies Kamu Kapanui, LS Junior 3.18 Criminal Justice Terrance Lee, DB Junior 3.20 University Studies Evan Marchal, OL Sophomore 3.04 Finance Matt Murphy, OL Sophomore 3.11 Secondary Education Beau Orth, LB Freshman 3.51 Undeclared Phillip Payne, WR Freshman 3.33 Undeclared Deante Purvis, DB Freshman 3.42 Undeclared Martin Tevaseu, DL Junior 3.51 Sociology Ryan Tillman, DB Junior 3.09 Journalism & Media Studies Ryan Wolfe, WR Junior 3.51 Kinesiology Rusty Worthen, LB Senior 3.17 Sociology Ryan Worthen, RB Senior 3.21 Marketing