Eleven Redbirds Earn MVFC Academic Excellence Award

July 2, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - Eleven members of the 2012 Illinois State football team were honored as members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference Commissioners Academic Excellence Award, as announced by Valley officials Tuesday.

Tyler Finkbeiner, Colton Underwood, Tyler Lovgren, Zachary Marshall, Chris Highland, Adam Rebholz, Corey Shandrick, Brian Athey, Steven Nelson, Scott Kuehn, Jacob Wienhoff all received the award, which requires a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.2 for the previous two semesters.

In addition, the Missouri Valley Football Conference has announced its 2012-13 Honor Roll, which recognizes academic



achievement of student-athletes. To qualify for the Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have recorded a minimum 3.0 GPA for a specified term (Fall 2012), must have been a member of an athletics team and must have a minimum of 12 hours of enrollment during the fall. Redbirds Rocco Ammons, Vincent Arvis, Brian Athey, Nick Aussieker, Mike Banks, Steven Barroso, Gage Beekman, Nicholas Bledsoe, Tyler Blondell, Devin Butler, Cody Cameron, Kelvin Chatham, Matthew Cotiguala, Charlie Cowley, William Davis, Alex Donnelly, Darrelynn Dunn,>Tyler Finkbeiner, Nicholas Gallardo, Anthony Giammaria, Chris Highland, Joe Ippolito, Corey Irvin, Eric Kerr, Bryce Kiser, Scott Kuehn, Cameron Lee, Michael Liedtke, Jack Lipinsky, James Loughlin, Tyler Lovgren, Zachary Marshall, Cal McCarthy, Kevin McGarry, Matthew Meyers, Steven Nelson, Jordan Neukirch, Erik Ottosen, Milton Owens, Nathan Palmer, Adam Rebholz, Alejandro Rivera, Corey Shandrick, Zach Smith, Spencer Smith, Brent Spack, Mark Spelman, Ezra Thompson, Brady Tibbits, Colton Underwood, Jeffrey Wehmhoefer, Brett Werner-Powell, Brandon Westphal, Jacob Wienhoff, Blake Winkler, Tim Wright and Patrick Wright all earned this honor.

The accolades come after Illinois State football posted its highest team cumulative GPA on record, posting a 2.72 average for the spring 2013 academic semester. Forty-four Redbirds were named to the Illinois State honor roll, which consists of a semester grade-point average of at least 3.0, with six players earning perfect 4.0 scores.

On the field, Illinois State finished the season ranked eighth in the country, going 9-4 and advancing to the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs for the fourth time in school history. The Redbirds earned a first round bye in the FCS playoffs and defeated No. 6 Appalachian State, 38-37, in overtime to advance to the FCS Quarterfinals.

The Redbirds being the 2013 season Aug. 29, at Ball State, and will return home to open the newly renovated Hancock Stadium Sept. 21 versus, Abilene Christian. 

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