Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | Valley Football
2012 Valley Football All-Academic Team

ST. LOUIS -- Forty-four student-athletes, including 11 who earned first-team honors, highlight the 2012 all-Missouri Valley Football Conference all-academic team, announced by the league office today.

Nominees must be starters or important reserves with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale). Student-athletes must have reached sophomore academic and athletic standing at their institutions (freshmen are not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at their institution. League sports information directors voted on the team by designating 11 players for first-team honors and 11 players for second-team honors.

2012 Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Academic Team
(voting by league SIDs)

FIRST TEAM
Student-Athlete, School Ht. Wt. Yr. GPA Major
P Kyle Bernard, UNI 6-3 198 Sr. 3.82 Movement & Exercise Science
DT Nick DeKraker, YSU 6-3 275 Sr. 3.93 General Studies
QB Kurt Hess, YSU 6-3 230 Jr. 3.36 Early Childhood Education
OL Jimmy Holtschlag, WIU 6-5 300 Jr. 4.0 Agriculture Science
QB Wil Lunt, WIU 6-3 215 Sr. 3.929 Accountancy
OL Alex Olinger, SDSU 6-3 290 Sr. 3.99 Pharmacy/Biology
P Austin Pucylowski, SIU 6-4 245 Jr. 4.00 Biological Sciences
DB Caleb Schaffitzel, MSU6-0 214 So. 3.97 Wildlife Conservation/Mgmt.
OL Taylor Suess, SDSU 6-3 295 Jr. 3.95 Mechanical
TE Matt Thayer, MSU 6-4 242 Sr. 3.39 Criminology
RB Zach Zenner, SDSU 6-0 215 So. 3.78 Biology/Pre-Med

SECOND TEAM
OL Corey Boemer, SIU 6-4 300 So. 3.941 Biological Sciences
TE Seth Daughters, SDSU 6-5 250 Sr. 3.72 Exercise Science
NG Ryan Drevlow, NDSU 6-4 281 Jr. 3.66 Electrical Engineering
WR Brandon Hubert, SDSU 5-11 185 Jr. 3.61 Pharmacy
WR Tyrel Kool, SDSU 5-9 190 Sr. 3.26 Business Economics
LB Joe Okon, SIU 6-3 241 Sr. 3.352 Psychology
WR Will Powell, USD 6-1 205 Sr. 3.73 Finance
OL Nick Purcell, SDSU 6-3 290 So. 4.0 Biology/Pre-Medicine
K Kevin Robb, USD 5-9 185 Jr. 4.0 Political Science/Philosophy
WR Jason Schneider, SDSU 6-5 210 So. 3.98 Pre-Pharmacy
LB Ross Shafrath, SDSU 6-1 225 Sr. 3.37 Park and Recreation Mgmt.
LS Jason Stegman, SIU 6-3 232 Sr. 3.73 Electrical Engineering
DE Colton Underwood, ILS 6-4 255 Jr. 3.25 Marketing

HONORABLE MENTION
Indiana State: TE Michael Mardis, LB Dillion Painter, WR Tanner Riley • Missouri State: LB Andrew Beisel, OL Kurt Kutter, PK Austin Witmer •  UNI: OL Jack Rummells • North Dakota State: DE Kyle Emanuel, FB Andrew Grothman, DT Danny Luecke, WR/RS Ryan Smith •  South Dakota: DE Jordan Eaton, LB Tim Marlette, QB Josh Vander Maten • South Dakota State: DB Bo Helm, P Ethan Sawyer •  Western Illinois: PK/P Pat Smith, LB Jamel Wilmore  • Youngstown State: TB Torrian Pace, LB Dom Rich