17 Rebels On MWC Academic Team
Record-setting WR Ryan Wolfe earned his fourth Academic-All MWC honor.
Record-setting WR Ryan Wolfe earned his fourth Academic-All MWC honor.

Feb. 11, 2010

LAS VEGAS - A total of 17 UNLV football players - the second-most in program history -- were named to the 2009 Academic All-Mountain West Conference team, the league announced Thursday.

The impressive total trails only the 20 that won last season and ranks third in the MWC this time around, coming in behind only BYU (32 honorees) and Utah (20 honorees) in the nine-team league.

This season's group of Rebels includes 11 players who also earned the honor in previous years.

Two UNLV wide receivers closed their collegiate careers as rare four-time academic honorees: graduate student and record-setting wideout Ryan Wolfe (Santa Clarita, CA) boasted a 3.79 GPA in his master's program of sports education leadership; while Rodelin Anthony (Immokalee, FL) posted a 3.28 GPA in the dual major of political science and journalism/media studies.

Four other veterans picked up their third such honor: QB Omar Clayton (Normal, IL), OL Matt Murphy (Lake Forest, CA) and DBs Marquel Martin (Rialto, CA) and Ryan Tillman (Rialto).

Other Rebels who were also on a previous year's list were OL Mike Donato (Las Vegas), OL John Gianninoto (Tucson, AZ), LS Kamu Kapanui (Honolulu), WR Tate Knutson (Anchorage, AK) and LB Beau Orth (Las Vegas).

Making their first appearance on the annual list this season were WR Mark Barefield (Wills Point, TX), LB David Blair (Tempe, AZ), OL Andrew Mack (Plano, TX), LB Travis Trickey (Springerville, AZ), OL Shane Watterson (Saugus, CA) and OL Doug Zismann (Phoenix, AZ).



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   3.28  Journalism/Political Science
Mark Barefield, WR     3.34  Undeclared
David Blair, LB        3.25  Film
Omar Clayton*, QB      3.02  Political Science
Mike Donato*, OL       3.20  Higher Education Leadership#
John Gianninoto*, OL   3.07  Marketing
Kamu Kapanui*, LS      3.00  Kinesiological Sciences
Tate Knutson*, WR      3.61  Kinesiological Sciences
Andrew Mack, OL        3.04  Business Administration
Marquel Martin*, DB    3.33  Sport & Leisure Service Management#
Matt Murphy*, OL       3.28  Mathematics-Secondary Education
Beau Orth*, LB         3.24  Journalism & Media Studies
Ryan Tillman*, DB      3.01  Physical Education
Travis Trickey, LB     3.28  Business Administration
Shane Watterson, OL    3.20  Criminal Justice
Ryan Wolfe*, WR        3.79  Sports Education Leadership#
Doug Zismann, OL       3.34  Mechanical Engineering

*Multiple-season honoree
#Master's program

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