The pass-receiving combination that accounted for Central Michigan's game-winning touchdown in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl is part of a group of four Chippewas named to the Academic All-MAC team, the conference office announced on Thursday.
Senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff and senior receiver Cody Wilson in addition to junior punter Richie Hogan and junior tight end A.J. Westendorp represent CMU on the 2012 academic all-conference team. Wilson earns the recognition for the third consecutive year while Radcliff is a two-time honoree. Hogan and Westendorp are making their first appearance on the team.
The Academic All-MAC honor recognizes a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.
The 2012 contingent marks the eighth consecutive year that CMU has placed at least four student-athletes on the Academic All-MAC team and ups the total of honorees under head coach Dan Enos to 12.
Radcliff, who carries a 3.47 grade point average in accounting, helmed a CMU offense that averaged 6.2 yards per play, second best in the MAC, and scored 30 or more points in nine games. The Sherwood, Ohio native surpassed the 3,000 passing-yard barrier for the third consecutive year (3,158) and posted the best touchdown-to-interception ratio of his career (23-9) in 2012. Radcliff earned Little Caesars Pizza Bowl MVP honors following his 253-yard, three-touchdown performance, including the 11-yard game winner to Cody Wilson late in the fourth quarter. He finished his Chippewa career ranked No. 2 in program history in passing yards (9,917), pass attempts (1,347), pass completions (791), touchdown passes (65), total offense (9,765), and 300-yard games (14).
In 2012, Wilson solidified his status as one of CMU's all-time great receivers, finishing his brilliant career third in receptions (230) and fifth in receiving yards (2,729). The team co-captain led CMU with 74 receptions and extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 42, which ranked No. 2 in the nation at season's end. In the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Wilson caught 10 passes for 101 yards and the deciding touchdown. Wilson, a
marketing major with a 3.66 grade point average, earned Second Team Academic All-America honors in 2012 for the second consecutive year. Wilson also received CMU's Kurt Dobronski Award, an honor presented annually by the seniors to a classmate who demonstrates great effort, intensity, and appreciation for the football program.
Hogan, who possesses a 3.45 grade point average in health and fitness, ranked fourth in the MAC in 2012 with a 41.8 yard per punt average. The Laguna Hills, Calif. native was named MAC West Player of the Week on November 4 after averaging 52.7 yards per punt against Western Michigan, which included a then-career high 74-yard boot. Hogan proved key in the field position battle in the Little Caesars Bowl, recording a 57.3 yard per punt average. In the first quarter, he set a bowl record and established a new career best with an 82-yard bomb. Overall, 27 of his 50 punts in 2012 were either downed inside the 20-yard line or fair caught and a conference-low two went for touchbacks.
Westendorp was a core special teams player, totaling 11 tackles, including nine solo stops, and saw action at tight end for CMU in 2012. He was a part of a stellar special teams effort in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl that limited Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews, who entered the game leading the nation in all-purpose yards, to just 25 return yards. A biomedical sciences major, Westendorp's 3.96 grade point average was the second highest among those honored on the 2012 Academic All-MAC team.
Eight Chippewas also received Academic All-MAC honorable mention recognition: Nick Beamish, Jabari Dean, Kavon Frazier, Mike Kinville, Jesse Kroll, Matt Losiniecki, Kenny McClendon, and Mike Repovz.
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