San Jose, Calif. - Four San Jose State men's soccer players, Nick Murphy, Omri Brinner, Dan Addiego and Austin Vogt were named All-Academic Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Scholar-Athletes for the 2011 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 junior co-captain out of Lowell High School in San Francisco, Calif., is a physics major with a 3.937 GPA. He played in and started all but one of San Jose State's 20 matches this past season and earned the team's Defensive MVP. A stalwart on the back line, Murphy's 1,678 minutes were more than any other field player this year. Murphy has been honored as a first-team Academic All-District 8 performer by the College Sports Information Directors of America after both the 2010 and 2011 seasons and last month he was named a second-team 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) University Division Men Scholar All-West Region Team. This is the second time he has been honored by the MPSF for his work in the classroom.
A history major from Gonen High School in Jerusalem, Israel, Brinner has 3.577 GPA. The junior midfielder made three starts in 16 appearances and took seven shots last season. This is the second time Brinner has been honored for his academic performance by the MPSF. In addition, he was honored with San Jose State men's soccer's Coaches Award, given to a player, or players, who represent the ideals of Spartan soccer, professionalism, and who make good plays, at the team's year end banquet.
Addiego, a senior co-captain out of California High School in San Ramon, Calif., is a business management major who has a 3.180 GPA. One of the anchors of the Spartans back line, he assisted on three goals this year including the game-winner against Nebraska-Omaha (9/11). He started each of the 18 matches in which he appeared, playing 1,528 minutes. This recognition is also the second of his career and he was also named a Coaches Award recipient at the team's year end banquet.
A business accounting major from El Dorado Hills, Calif., Vogt has a 3.013 GPA. The redshirt-freshman midfielder made 13 appearances for San Jose State producing two shots, one of which was on goal.
A total of 39 student-athletes from the eight MPSF men's soccer schools earned All-Academic honors in 2011.