South Dakota State University football players Kyle Minett and Kevin Robling have been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Football Team, officials from the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Wednesday.
Minett, a sophomore running back, was a first-team selection on the University Division squad, while Robling, a senior offensive lineman, was a second-team honoree.
A native of Ruthton, Minn., Minett made the first team with a 3.50 grade-point average in economics. He led the team with 1,289 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns (14 rushing, 4 receiving), posting six games of 100 or more yards on the ground. He also ranked third on the team with 44 receptions for 415 yards. Minett also was honored on the Great West Football Conference All-Academic Team in 2007.
Minett's selection marks the third consecutive season SDSU has put a running back on the first team, following two-time selection Cory Koenig.
A center from Jordan, Minn., Robling was named to the squad with a 3.82 GPA in wildlife and fisheries. A two-time Academic All-District honoree, Robling was a member of the Great West Football Conference All-Academic Team in both 2006 and 2007, as well as a second-team all-GWFC selection in 2007. A three-year starter, he was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week on two occasions this season, helping lead a Jackrabbit offense that finished the regular season ranked 10th among FCS teams in scoring offense and 19th in total offense.
SDSU, coached by John Stiegelmeier, ended the 2008 season 7-5 overall and in third place in the Missouri Valley Football Conference with a 6-2 league mark.