Four football players named Academic All-MAC

January 19, 2012 | News, UToday
By Paul Helgren

Four University of Toledo student-athletes were named to the 2011 Academic All-Mid-American Conference football team.

UT had the third-most honorees in the league, trailing Eastern Michigan (six) and Northern Illinois (five), and tied with Central Michigan.

The four honorees were:

• Senior place-kicker Ryan Casano, who carries a 3.89 GPA in the College of Law. The native of Dripping Springs, Texas, received an undergraduate degree in business in May 2011. He is an Academic All-America nominee.

• Sophomore center Zac Kerin, who is majoring in civil engineering and has a 3.55 GPA. The Delaware, Ohio, native is a nominee for Academic All-America.

• Junior linebacker Dan Molls, who has a 3.58 GPA and is majoring in exercise science. The North Royalton, Ohio, native was third in the conference with 9.7 tackles per game.

• Senior offensive lineman Mike VanDerMeulen, who is majoring in human resource management and carries a 3.39 GPA. The Marshall, Mich., native made the team for the second consecutive season and is a nominee for Academic All-America.

Rockets receiving honorable mention Academic All-MAC were sophomore offensive lineman A.J. Lindeman, redshirt freshman offensive lineman Greg Mancz, sophomore defensive end Ben Pike, junior tight end Jared Strait and sophomore long snapper Matt Wall.

“I’m extremely proud of the student-athletes who made the Academic All-MAC team, and proud of all the young men in our program who are working very hard in the classroom,” said Head Coach Matt Campbell. “Our goal is for our players to achieve excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community, and we feel they are definitely committed to achieving that goal.”

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