Rockets Lead the League With Seven Academic All-MAC Honorees in Football
It is the most Academic All-MAC selections the Rockets have had in a season, surpassing the 1995 squad that had six honorees.
The seven honorees were sophomore placekicker Jeremiah Detmer (Hilliard, OH), junior center Zac Kerin (Delaware, OH), senior offensive lineman A.J. Lindeman (Aurora, IL), sophomore offensive lineman Greg Mancz (Cincinnati, OH), senior linebacker Dan Molls (North Royalton, OH), senior defensive lineman Ben Pike (Mentor, OH) and junior long snapper Matt Wall (Centerville, OH). Senior safety Mark Singer (Cinnaminson, NJ) received honorable mention honors.
Molls, who made Academic All-MAC for the third time in his career, was previously named to the first-team Academic All-America team. Kerin also made Academic All-MAC for the second time.
"It's a great honor for us to lead the league in Academic All-MAC honorees," said head coach Matt Campbell. "I'm extremely proud of the student-athletes who made the Academic All-MAC team, and proud of all the young men in our program who are working very hard in the classroom. Our goal is for our players to achieve excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community, and we feel they are definitely committed to achieving that goal."
Toledo's 2012 Academic All-MAC Honorees
Jeremiah Detmer, So., PK
Hilliard, OH (Davidson H.S.)
Named Third-team All-MAC... Connected on school-record 24-of-29 field goals...Led MAC in field goal percentage (82.8%)...Tied for fourth in nation in field goals made...Was successful on his final 17 field goal attempts of the season...Made 5-of-5 field goals vs. Cincinnati, including season-high 47-yarder... Named Lou Groza Award "Star of the Week" following Cincinnati game on Oct. 20 when he made five field goals in a 29-23 Toledo victory over No. 18 Bearcats...Made 3-of-3 FGs vs. Utah State in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl...CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.
Zac Kerin, Jr, C
Delaware, OH (Olentangy H.S.)
Major: Civil Engineering
Named First-team All-MAC... Named to official watch lists for Rimington Trophy (nation's top center) and Rotary Lombardi Trophy (nation's best down lineman or linebacker)...Key part of offense that ranked third in MAC in total offense (445.2) and fifth in scoring offense (31.7)...CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.
A.J. Lindeman, Sr., OL
Aurora, IL (Waubonsie Valley H.S.)
Major: Construction Engineering/Business
Nominee for Burlsworth Trophy given to the nation's best player who began his career as a walk-on... Key part of offense that ranked third in MAC in total offense (445.2) and fifth in scoring offense (31.7)...Nominee for CoSIDA Academic All-America...Graduated with a degree in construction engineering and is currently taking classes in the business school.
Greg Mancz, So., OL
Cincinnati, OH (Anderson H.S.)
Named Third-team All-MAC... Key part of offense that ranked third in MAC in total offense (445.2) and fifth in scoring offense (31.7)...Nominee for CoSIDA Academic All-America.
Dan Molls, Sr, LB
Major: Exercise Science
North Royalton, OH (Padua Franciscan)
Named First-team All-MAC... Butkus Award candidate... Led nation in tackles with 166...Third in nation with 86 solo tackles...Had at least 13 tackles in 10 games...Led team in tackles in every game but two...Also had 6.0 TFL, three interceptions and four pass breakups...MAC West Defensive Player of the Week following performance in Toledo's 37-17 win over Western Michigan...Named First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-America. ..Semifinalist for National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award.
Ben Pike, Sr., DE
Mentor, OH (Mentor H.S.)
Led UT defensive line with 35 tackles...Also had 6.0 TFL and 3.5 sacks...Starter in seven games...Nominee for Academic All-America...Humanitarian Award winner at the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Mark Singer, Sr., FS
Overall GPA: 3.465
Fifth on team with 54 tackles...Two interceptions and nine pass breakups...Starter in 12 games... Lowe's Senior CLASS Award nominee...Academic All-America nominee.
Matt Wall, Jr., LS
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Played in all 13 games as Toledo's long snapper...Had a 100 percent success rate on long snaps...Academic All-America nominee.