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Rebels Boast Record Number Of Academic Honorees

Feb. 7, 2008

LAS VEGAS - A program-record 16 UNLV football players were named to the 2007 Academic All-Mountain West Conference team, the league announced Thursday.

The impressive total bests the previouis record of 14 that qualified last season.

Senior offensive lineman Mike McKiski closed his Rebel career as a rare four-time academic honoree. The graduate of Coronado High School in Henderson boasted a 3.62 GPA in communications.

Three other veterans picked up their third such honor: wide receiver Casey Flair (Anchorage, AK), defensive lineman Jacob Hales (Las Vegas) and tight end Ryan Worthen (Las Vegas).

Other Rebels who were also on the previous year's list were WR Rodelin Anthony (Immokalee, FL), OL Mario Jeberaeel (Las Vegas), DB Marquel Martin (Rialto, CA) and WR Ryan Wolfe (Santa Clarita, CA).

Making their first appearance on the annual list this season were QB Omar Clayton (Normal, IL), OL John Gianninoto (Tucson, AZ), DB Shane Horton (Chatsworth, CA), WR Tate Knutson (Anchorage, AK), OL Evan Marchal (Petaluma, CA), OL Siosifa Moala (Inglewood, CA), OL Matt Murphy (Lake Forest, CA) and OL Richie Plunkett (Henderson, NV).



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. GPA Major Rodelin Anthony, WR 3.15 Political Science Omar Clayton, QB 3.81 Undeclared Casey Flair, WR 3.51 Pschology John Gianninoto, OL 3.23 Undeclared Jacob Hales, DL 3.35 University Studies Shane Horton, DB 3.21 Undeclared Mario Jeberaeel, OL 3.38 University Studies Tate Knutson, WR 3.38 Kinesiology Evan Marchal, OL 3.12 Undeclared Marquel Martin, DB 3.15 Journalism Mike McKiski, OL 3.62 Communications Siosifa Moala, OL 3.51 University Studies Matt Murphy, OL 3.51 Undeclared Richie Plunkett, OL 3.14 Anthropology Ryan Wolfe, WR 3.22 Kinesiology Ryan Worthen, TE 3.31 University Studies

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