Trio Of Rebels Makes The Grade
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.
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