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January 13, 2012
Four Chippewas earn academic All-MAC honors
MOUNT PLEASANT - Four members of the Central Michigan football program have been named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference team.
Senior long-snapper Brian Bennyhoff, senior linebacker Mike Petrucci, junior quarterback Ryan Radcliff and junior receiver Cody Wilson represent CMU on the academic all-conference squad. Petrucci and Wilson are both making their second straight appearance on the team, while Bennyhoff and Radcliff are first-time selections.
CMU's four honorees are the third most of the MAC's 13 members. This is the seventh straight year CMU has placed at least four student-athletes on the Academic All-MAC team.
Bennyhoff (Saline, Mich./Saline HS) is an accounting major with a 3.97 grade-point average. He appeared in six games as a long-snapper to earn his fourth varsity letter. Bennyhoff was the 2011 recipient of the CMU football program's Academic Excellence award.
Petrucci (Milford, Mich./Milford HS) boasts a 3.71 GPA as a mathematics major. He made a career-high 62 tackles while earning his fourth varsity letter in 2011. Petrucci was elected a co-captain by his teammates during the preseason, then was selected by his classmates as the 2011 recipient of the Kurt Dobronski Award, presented to a senior to demonstrates great effort, intensity and appreciation for the CMU football program.
Radcliff (Sherwood, Ohio/Fairview HS) is an accounting major with a 3.48 GPA. Radcliff was named CMU's Herb Deromedi Most Valuable Player in 2011 after throwing for 3,286 yards and 25 touchdowns. In eight MAC games, the co-captain threw for a league-high 2,491 yards (311.4 ypg) and tied for the MAC lead with 19 touchdown passes. Radcliff moved into second place on CMU's career passing yards, completions, touchdown passes and total offense lists in 2011.
Wilson (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams HS) maintains a 3.75 GPA as a marketing major and was a CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America second team selection in 2011. He earned All-MAC third team recognition after catching a team-high 48 passes for 526 yards and three touchdowns last season. Wilson was a co-captain for the 2011 season and was the recipient of CMU's Ring of Honor award, which goes to a player who best exemplifies great leadership on and off the field.
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