Feb. 1, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University seniors Neal Huynh and JD Bales were named to the 2012 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Football team on Thursday in a vote conducted by the league's faculty athletic representatives.
Huynh and Bales were two of 38 student-athletes who were named to the team. Seven other Ohio student-athletes earned Academic All-MAC honorable mention accolades.
Huynh was named to the team for the first time after he received All-MAC Third Team honors. The Altoona, Pa., native finished the 2012 season after he posted eight tackles for loss, two sacks and made four pass break ups. Huynh also helped Ohio to its second straight bowl victory after he posted three tackles in the Bobcats' 45-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe in the Independence Bowl.
Bales (Beavercreek, Ohio) received Academic All-MAC status after he saw action in seven of Ohio's 13 games during the 2012 season. A key reserve for the Bobcats, Bales logged 150 plays and recorded 16 pancakes, two decleaters and 18 knockdowns.
Sophomore safety Nathan Carpenter (Lancaster, Ohio), sophomore wide receiver Chase Cochran (Lebanon, Ohio), sophomore defensive lineman Antwan Crutcher (Cleveland, Ohio), sophomore safety Josh Kristoff (Pickerington, Ohio), sophomore tight end Derek Roback (Waverly, Ohio), senior tight end Jordan Thompson (Rockford, Ohio) and senior kicker Matt Weller (Twinsburg, 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 transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.