Jan. 24, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University football players Travis Carrie, Josh Kristoff and Kurt Laseak were named to the 2013 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Football team on Friday in a vote conducted by the league's faculty athletic representatives.
Carrie (Antioch, Calif.), Laseak (Mentor, Ohio) and Kristoff (Pickerington, Ohio) were three of 41 student-athletes that were named to the team.
Carrie was named to the all-academic team after he earned All-MAC First Team (punt returner) and Third Team (cornerback) honors. In 2013, the Ohio senior played in all 13 games and started in 11 of those contests. The second-year Bobcat captain finished the year with 42 tackles (31 solo) and tied for the team lead with four interceptions. In the classroom, Carrie holds a 3.432 grade point average, while pursuing his Master's degree in Coaching Education.
Laseak earned the all-academic nod following a 2013 campaign that saw him appear in all 13 games and make 10 starts. This past season, the redshirt freshman finished eighth on the team in tackles with 43. He also tallied 1.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Off the field, Laseak has a cumulative gpa of 3.759 in Mechanical Engineering. In addition, he was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District Team.
Kristoff rounded out the Bobcat trio that earned spots on this year all-academic squad after he finished second on the team with 72 tackles. During his junior season, the Ohio safety played in 13 games and made 10 starts. In the classroom, Kristoff owns a 3.600 gpa as he chases his Master's degree in Coaching Education.
Junior wide receiver Chase Cochran (Lebanon, Ohio), senior linebacker Keith Moore (Grove City, Ohio), sophomore linebacker Ben Russell (Cincinnati, Ohio), junior defensive lineman Kendric Smith (Harker Heights, Texas) and sophomore kicker Josiah Yazdani (Albany, Ohio) also received Honorable Mention Academic All-MAC recognition.
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 transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.