For the second consecutive season, three KSU football players were named to the 2011 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Football Team Friday.
Senior running back Jacquise Terry earned academic all-conference accolades for the third consecutive year and was joined on the first team by junior quarterback Spencer Keith and senior punter Matt Rinehart.
Terry, who was one of five three-time selections on this year’s squad, owns a 3.55 GPA as an aeronautics major. The two-time Academic All-American averaged 4.9 yards per carry and had a pair of receiving and rushing touchdowns for the Golden Flashes. He ended his Kent State career with over 2,300 yards of offense along with 18 touchdowns.
Keith has a 3.82 GPA as a mathematics major and a member of Kent State’s Honors College. The junior started all 12 games at quarterback for the second consecutive season, throwing for 1,682 yards and 11 touchdowns while rushing for three more scores. He currently ranks third in career passing yards (6,041), passing touchdowns (33) and completions (549).
Rinehart maintains a 3.43 GPA as a nursing major. The senior averaged 42.8 yards per punt – the highest single season average in KSU history – to close his career with a 41.8 average, which is also tops among Kent State punters. He was a two-time All-MAC First Team selection.
The team was voted on by faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions. A total of 35 student-athletes were named to the 2011 team. In order to be eligible for the Academic All-MAC team, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 grade point average and participate in more than 50 percent of the team’s games during the season. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year at a school are not eligible.