LEXINGTON, Ky. – Long snapper Brad Hart, cornerback Robbie McAtee and punter/kicker Tim Masthay have been named to the Academic All-District IV Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors and sponsored by ESPN The Magazine.
Hart, McAtee and Masthay will advance to the national ballot for the Academic All-America team, which will be announced in December. To be nominated for the Academic All-America process, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30, be a sophomore or higher in academic and athletic standing, and be a starter or key reserve. The Academic All-District IV team is comprised of players from the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama.
Hart, a sophomore from Marion, Ky., has a 3.90 GPA with a major in finance. He has done an excellent job as the snapper for field goals and extra points. He has been active in community service.
McAtee, from Louisville, Ky., is a senior in playing eligibility and completed his bachelor’s degree in sociology with a career GPA of 3.67. He is in his first semester of study for a master’s degree in public administration. On the field this season, he has 27 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception, two fumble recoveries and a pass breakup. He made the game-saving tackle on the one-yard line of the final play in the win over Middle Tennessee; last Saturday he made the game-clinching interception in the win at Mississippi State. He has been active in community service.
Masthay, a senior from Murray, Ky., has a 3.81 career GPA with a major in economics. He was second-team Academic All-America a year ago. A four-year starting punter, he leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks fifth nationally with a 45.6-yard average per punt. He also handles kickoffs for the Wildcats and his 19 touchbacks is tied for the SEC lead in that category. Masthay, who hopes to join the Peace Corps and serve in Africa, has been named to the national Good Works Team for his extensive community service.