Trio Of Rebels Makes The Grade
Defensive lineman Jacob Hales earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for a second-straight year.
Defensive lineman Jacob Hales earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for a second-straight year.

Nov. 8, 2007

LAS VEGAS - UNLV football had a school-record three student-athletes named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 First and Second teams, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday.

Junior wide receiver Casey Flair was selected to the first team while senior offensive lineman Mike McKiski and junior defensive lineman Jacob Hales were named to the second team. This is the second year in a row that Hales earned the honor, as the Las Vegas native was selected to the first team last year. These are the first ESPN The Magazine academic honors for Flair and McKiski.

Flair is a former walk-on who has turned himself into one of the most consistent pass catchers in UNLV history as well one of the program's top student-athletes off the field. Flair currently carries a 3.50 GPA in psychology and the junior from Anchorage, Alaska, is a two-time member of the Academic All-Mountain West Conference team. Flair was also one of only 11 players in the nation named to the 2007 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team for the Bowl Subdivision. He is the fourth Rebel in school history to be named to the team, which recognizes student-athletes for their performance off the field.

On the field Flair has been the epitome of consistency, making at least one reception in every game of his collegiate career, a streak of 32 games that is currently the eighth-longest streak in the nation. A 2006 second team All-MWC selection, Flair currently has 37 receptions for 433 yards and two scores through nine games this season.

Hales prepped at Las Vegas High School and he currently has a 3.51 GPA and is majoring in university studies. A standout student, Hales has been named the football program's Scholar-Athlete of the year the past two seasons and has been on the Academic All-MWC team the past two years as well. The senior has been a mainstay along the defensive line this season and has 29 tackles, three tackles for loss, a pair of sacks and a forced fumble. Hales also served an LDS Mission in Houston from 2002-2004 before enrolling in UNLV.



McKiski has been in the Rebel program for five years and is also a three-time member of the Academic All-MWC team. A local product who prepped at Coronado High School, McKiski had a string of 31 consecutive starts before suffering an injury in game five of this season. McKiski is majoring in journalism and university studies.

The academic all-district squad was voted on by CoSIDA members from within the District 8 states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington and the province of British Columbia. Since he was a first-team selection, Flair will now appear on the national ballot with a chance to earn ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America football honors. The national team will be announced on Nov. 29.

District 8 Winners
University Division


POS    PLAYER           TEAM                  CL     GPA      MAJOR
P      T.J. Conley      Idaho                 Jr.    3.59     Civil Engineering
QB     Dennis Dixon     Oregon                Sr.    3.33     Sociology
WR     Wes Doyle        San Diego             Sr.    3.56     Business Administration
WR     Casey Flair      UNLV                  Jr.    3.50     Majoring in psychology
WR     Evan Moore       Stanford              Gr.    3.34     Sociology
TE     Tom McAndrews    Eastern Washington    Sr.    4.00     Finance and Economics (double major)
RB     Anthony Kimble   Stanford              Jr.    3.30     Science, Technology and Society
RB     Johnny Sancez    Southern Utah         Sr.    3.34     Engineering technology
OL     Christopher Joseph UCLA                Sr.    3.95     Geography
OL     Chris Carlsen    Eastern Washington    Sr.    3.60     Mechanical Engineering
OL     Tim Mattran      Stanford              Sr.    3.50     MA-Sociology; BA-Science, Tech., Society
OL     Brent Newhouse   Stanford              Sr.    3.81     Co-Term (M-Mgmt., Sci. & Eng.; B-Econ)
OL     Matt Roan        Southern Utah         Sr.    3.79     Political Science
K      Clint Stitser    Fresno State          Gr.    4.00     Business Marketing
DB      Patrick O'Neill San Diego             Jr.    3.79     Business
DB      Moses Harris    Fresno State          So.    3.61     Business Administration
DB      Alterraun Verner UCLA                 So.    3.46     Undeclared
DB      Micheal Dorsey  Portland State        Sr.    3.40     Business Administration
LB      Jordan Senn     Portland State        Sr.    3.86     Physical Activity and Exercise
LB      Mike Nixon      Arizona State         So.    4.00     Journalism and Mass Communications
LB      David Vobora    Idaho                 Sr.    3.43     Communications Studies
DL      Christopher Gianelli  San Diego       Jr.    3.75     Engineering
DL      Nick Reed       Oregon                Jr.    3.39     History
DL      Jacob Kragt     Eastern Washington    So.    3.84     Biology
DL      Chris Horn      Stanford              Sr.    3.30     Working on a Master's and Bachelor's degrees


POS    PLAYER           TEAM                  CL     GPA       MAJOR
QB     Alex Brink       Washington State      Sr.    3.55      Sport Management
WR     Tony Davis       Eastern Washington    So.    3.27      Interdisciplinary Studies
TE     Jed Collins      Washington State      Sr.    3.41      Accounting
RB     Nathan Adams     Fresno State          Sr.    3.41     Construction Management
RB     Jayson Bird      Idaho                 Jr.    3.77      Biology
OL     Brandon Rodd     Arizona State         Gr.    3.33      Interdisciplinary Studies
OL     Alex Mack        Cal                   Jr.    3.43      Legal Studies
OL     Jeff Cavender    Boise State           Sr.    3.40      Communication
OL     Micah Hannam     Washington State      So.    3.63      Undeclared (civil engineering interest)
OL     Mike McKiski     UNLV                  Sr.    3.58      Journalism/University Studies
K      Romeen Abdollmohammadi Washington State Sr.   3.38      Movement Studies
K      Robbie Dehaze    Northern Arizona      Jr.    3.23      Finance
DB     Orlando Scandrick Boise State          Jr.    3.26      Communication
DB     Ben Hannula      San Diego             Jr.    3.48      Business
DB     Scotty James     San Diego State       Sr.    3.37      Social Science
DB     Brett Igbinoba   Eastern Washington    So.    3.21      Biology
LB     Sterling Mennear Idaho State           Sr.    3.64      Art
LB     Tim Brady        Boise State           Jr.    3.58      Business Management
LB     Kyle Gingg       Boise State           Jr.    3.47      Management
DL     Nick Schlekeway  Boise State           So.    3.78      Business Management
DL     Cole Smith       Portland State        Sr.    3.46      Civil Engineering
DL     Karl Noa         Hawaii                Sr.    3.22      Family Resources
DL     Matt Mullennix   Washington State      Sr.    3.30      Management and Operations/Physchology
DL     Jacob Hales      UNLV                  Jr.    3.51      University Studies
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