Jan. 13, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University junior kicker Matt Weller was named to the 2011 Football Acadamic All-Mid-American Conference team on Friday in a vote conducted by the faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions. Weller was one of 35 student-athletes, who were named to the team. Ohio also had seven student-athletes earn Academic All-MAC honorable mention.
Weller (Twinsburg, Ohio) was named to the team for the first time in his career. He was selected to the squad following a 2011 season which saw him break six school records, while holding an impressive 3.21 grade point average in Engineering.
In 2011, Weller connected on 25-of-34 field goal attempts and hit on 48-of-49 extra points, finishing the year with a team-best 123 points.
Following the season, he was named MAC Special Teams Player of the Year, All-MAC Second Team and Phil Steele Postseason All-MAC First Team. In addition, Weller won five MAC East Speical Teams Player of the Week honors.
Junior offensive lineman JD Bales (Beavercreek, Ohio), redshirt freshman safety Nathan Carpenter (Lancaster, Ohio), redshirt freshman offensive lineman Brad Fain (Springfield, Ohio), senior defensive lineman Jeff King (Cincinnati, Ohio) redshirt freshman safety Josh Kristoff (Pickerington, Ohio), redshirt freshman tight end Derek Roback (Waverly, Ohio) and junior tight end Jordan Thompson (Rockford, Ohio) were named Academic All-MAC honorable mention.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for 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. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.