Seven Ball State football players were named to the 2014 Academic All-Mid-American Conference team Tuesday.
The Academic All-MAC team is to honor excellence in both academics and athletics. A player must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of their team's games for the sport.
Senior center Jacob Richard has received the award for the third time in his career, being one of just seven MAC football student-athletes to achieve the honor. Richard carries a 3.619 GPA as a marketing major.
Nick Miles was the only other senior on the team to receive Academic All-MAC honors with 3.246 GPA.
Juniors on the team include Steven Bell (3.383 GPA), Sam Brunner (3.503 GPA), Drake Miller (3.397 GPA) and Darnell Smith (3.371 GPA).
Vinnie Palazeti was the lone sophomore Ball State representative, carrying a 3.333 GPA.