Academic Records Continue To Fall
Las Vegas native Jacob Hales was one of UNLV's three four-time Academic All-MWC honorees this year.
Las Vegas native Jacob Hales was one of UNLV's three four-time Academic All-MWC honorees this year.

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.

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
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