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Another Award For Wolfe

Nov. 5, 2009

LAS VEGAS - Ryan Wolfe (Santa Clarita, Calif.) is already his school's and league's all-time receptions leader. Now, the UNLV record-breaker could become Rebel football's first-ever CoSIDA Academic All-America winner.

Wolfe, who heads into Saturday's game vs. Colorado State ranked 13th in college football history with 275 catches in his career, earned one of two receiver spots on the first team of the 2009 CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Eight Team on Thursday. The Hart High School graduate now advances to voting for Academic All-America. No Rebel football player has ever been named to a national CoSIDA academic team, which is scheduled to be released this year on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Currently holding a 4.0 grade point average in graduate school, Wolfe is pursuing a master's in sports education leadership after already earning his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from UNLV with a cumulative 3.55 GPA. He currently leads the Mountain West Conference and stands 11th in the nation with 7.33 receptions per game for a total of 66 through nine weeks. His 3,417 career receiving yards are just 217 short of the MWC all-time record held by CSU's David Anderson.

Thursday's announcement also marked a big honor for head coach Mike Sanford's program as the Rebels have now had at least one district winner in four straight seasons for the first time ever. Former defensive lineman Jacob Hales (Las Vegas) won in 2006 and former receiving great Casey Flair (Anchorage, AK) was honored in both 2007 and 2008 to become the first Rebel gridder to earn the district award twice in a career.

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) selects Academic All-America teams in 12 programs throughout the year. Players who are starters or important reserves on their teams and are at least in their second year at a school and hold at least a 3.30 career GPA are eligible for the academic awards, which are voted on by sports information directors from across the nation.



UNLV's district includes four-year institutions from the states of California, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Idaho and Nevada.

2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Football Teams
District 8 University Division First Team

POS PLAYER SCHOOL YR GPA MAJOR(S) P Robert Malone FRESNO STATE Sr. 3.51 Kinesiology QB Drew Hubel PORTLAND STATE Jr. 3.84 Criminology and Criminal Justice WR Ryan Wolfe UNLV Gr. 4.00 (grad) Sports Education Leadership 3.55 Kinesiology (earned BS 2009) WR Ryan Whalen STANFORD Jr. 3.43 Science Technology and Society TE Vince Pascoe FRESNO STATE Jr. 4.00 Mechanical Engineering RB Richie Brockel BOISE STATE Gr. 3.70, 3.41 (grad) Accounting RB Owen Marecic STANFORD Jr. 3.32 Human Biology OL Chris Thomas EASTERN WASH. Sr. 3.78 Biology/Pre-Med OL Andrew Jackson FRESNO STATE Jr. 3.92 Business Administration OL Zane Beadles UTAH Sr. 3.54 Mechanical Engineering OL Ryan Henry IDAHO STATE Sr. 3.91 Physical Education OL Micah Hannam WASHINGTON STATE Jr. 3.59 Civil Engineering OL Mark Boskovich CALIFORNIA Jr. 3.73 Political Science PK Kevin Goessling FRESNO STATE So. 3.46 Business Administration DB Beau Hadley WEBER STATE Sr. 4.00 Technical Sales DB Chima Nwachukwu WASHINGTON STATE Jr. 3.79 Political Science DB Scott Johnson BYU Sr. 3.82 Exercise Science DB Moses Harris FRESNO STATE Gr. 3.56 Business Finance LB Mike Nixon ARIZONA STATE Sr. 4.00 Political Science LB Matthew Bauman BYU Sr. 3.91 Finance LB Mike Mohamed CALIFORNIA Jr. 3.43 Business Administration DL Jacob Kragt EASTERN WASH. Sr. 3.88 Biology DL Casey Hamlett WASHINGTON STATE Jr. 3.72 Management and Operations DL Brett Denney BYU Sr. 3.54 Finance DL Aaron Lavarias IDAHO Jr. 3.35 Accounting

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