Seven football Broncos named MAC Distinguished Scholar Athletes

Contact: Robert Beuerlein

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Western Michigan University Bronco football team placed a program record seven student-athletes on the 2016 Mid-American Conference Distinguished Scholar Athlete team.

WMU's Bezerra, Tranquill, Terrell, Sweeney, Moton, Keenoy and Carson.

Graphic: WMU Intercollegiate Athletics

The Distinguished Scholar Athlete award is given to students who have excelled in athletics and academics. Following each season from the fall sports schedule, any student with a 3.2 grade point average and participation in at least 50 percent of the contests was automatically named to the previously announced Academic All-MAC Team from each sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence were not eligible for the award.

2016 MAC Distinguished Scholar Athletes

  • Lucas Bezerra, a junior from Troy, majoring in biomedical sciences with a 3.71 GPA.
  • Kasey Carson, a senior from Battle Creek, studying integrated supply management with a 3.58 GPA.
  • John Keeny, a sophomore from Battle Creek, studying pre-business with a 3.7 GPA.
  • Taylor Moton, a senior from Okemos, majoring in accountancy with a 3.28 GPA.
  • Trevor Sweeney, a senior from Mattawan, majoring in integrated supply management with a 3.77 GPA.
  • Zach Terrell, a WMU graduate from Fort Wayne, Indiana, who is working on his MBA and has a 4.0 GPA.
  • Justin Tranquill, a freshman from Huntertown, Indiana, studying pre-finance with a 3.85 GPA.

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