Murphy And Thomas Earn MPSF Academic Honors

San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State men's soccer players Nick Murphy and Ryan Thomas were named All-Academic Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Scholar-Athletes for the 2012 season, it was announced Friday.

To be recognized a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better; be at least a sophomore academically; have completed one full academic year at his institution prior to this year and have competed in 50 percent or more of his team's matches this season.

Murphy, a senior co-captain out of Lowell High School in San Francisco, Calif., is a physics major with a 3.946 GPA. A tri-captain, he earned second-team All-MPSF honors this season.

Murphy started every game and played every minute this season as a central defender, was named a third-team Capital One Academic All-America last month.  This is the third time he has been honored by the MPSF for his work in the classroom.

A civil engineering major from Granada High School in Livermore, Calif., Thomas has 3.118 GPA.  The junior defender made 10 starts in 13 appearances and took one shot last season.  This is the first time Thomas has been honored for his academic performance by the MPSF. 

A total of 46 student-athletes from the eight MPSF men's soccer schools earned All-Academic honors in 2012.