Akron's Kofi Sarkodie (soccer)

Updated 12/15/2009
Male Scholar Athlete of the Week: November 30 - December 6, 2009

Akron Kofi Sarkodie (soccer)
Kofi Sarkodie (So., 4.0, microbiology, Huber Heights, Ohio) A first team Academic All-America, Sarkodie was instrumental in Akron's 1-0 victory over Tulsa Saturday, which earned the Zips a berth to this weekend's NCAA College Cup Final Four in Cary, N.C. Seventeen minutes into the match, Sarkodie took a Blair Gavin pass from midfield, made a strong run to the right post and slipped the ball over the goalkeeper's' right shoulder into the upper-left corner of the net for his third goal of the season. Also, Sarkodie's defense helped the Zips keep Tulsa off the scoreboard for Akron's record-setting 17th shutout in 23 matches.

The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during the week's competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.

Other Male Nominees:
Bowling Green: Joe Jakubowski (basketball, Jr., 3.27, business management, Rossford, Ohio) averaged 10.0 points per game in leading Bowling Green to a pair of wins this week. The Falcons defeated Savannah State 59-51 and then went on the road to defeat Fordham 67-46. Jakubowski shot 47 percent from the field and made 3-of-6 three-pointers (50 percent) while averaging 32.5 minutes per game. He added 4.0 rebounds per game, 2.0 assists and three steals.

Buffalo: John-Martin Cannon (wrestling, So., 3.32, elementary education, Brockport, Ny.) Cannon finished seventh in a highly-competitive 165-pound weight class at the Las Vegas Invitational. Cannon opened the meet with victories over a pair of seeded wrestlers. The sophomore earned the seventh-place finish as he defeated 11th-seeded Oscar Huntley of Navy, a four-time Virginia state finalist, in an 11-5 decision. Cannon went 4-2 over the weekend

Central Michigan: Dan LeFevour (football, Sr., 3.57, interpersonal communication, Downers Grove, Ill.) completed 28-of-39 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns to break the NCAA record for career touchdowns and earned Co-Most Valuable Player honors, leading the Central Michigan football team to a 20-10 victory over the Ohio Bobcats in the 2009 Mid-American Conference Championship game at Ford Field. LeFevour moved into fifth in NCAA history in career completions (1,138) and 12th all-time in passing yards (12,510) during the contest, helping the Chippewas to their third MAC title in four seasons. The two scoring strikes gave him 27 on the season, tying CMU's single-season mark. He also ran the ball 17 times for 51 yards, leading the Chippewas to their third MAC title in four seasons.

Eastern Michigan: Scott Murphy (swimming & diving, Sr., 3.33, management, Houston, Texas) completed 28-of-39 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns to break the NCAA record for career touchdowns and earned Co-Most Valuable Player honors, leading the Central Michigan football team to a 20-10 victory over the Ohio Bobcats in the 2009 Mid-American Conference Championship game at Ford Field. LeFevour moved into fifth in NCAA history in career completions (1,138) and 12th all-time in passing yards (12,510) during the contest, helping the Chippewas to their third MAC title in four seasons. The two scoring strikes gave him 27 on the season, tying CMU's single-season mark. He also ran the ball 17 times for 51 yards, leading the Chippewas to their third MAC title in four seasons.

Northern Illinois: Patrick McLemore (wrestling, Jr., 3.09, physical education, Hinckley, Ohio) scored a victory by Major Decision over Northwestern's Bobby Joyce, 10-1, at 141 to help lead the Huskies to a 24-13 victory over the Wildcats Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Convocation Center. It was McLemore's sixth win of the season and third by Major Decision.

Western Michigan: David Kool (basketball, Sr., 3.41, physical education, Grand Rapids, Mich.) had the highest scoring game for a Mid-American Conference player against a Division I opponent this season with 30 points against a stingy Temple defense. Kool hit his first five shots on his way to 19 points in the first half to propel him to his third career 30-point game and the highest scoring game by any player and by any team against Temple in 2009-10. Kool hit 10-of-19 field goals, including three trifectas, and all seven free throws. Kool also added six rebounds and two assists. Kool is averaging 21.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game this season for the Broncos.

Previous Male Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 11) Dan LeFevour, CMU (football)
Week 2 (Sept. 18) Tim Hiller, WMU (football)
Week 3 (Sept. 25) Dan LeFevour, CMU (football)
Week 4 (Oct. 2) Jacquise Terry, KSU (football)
Week 5 (Oct. 9) Teal Bunbury, Akron (soccer)
Week 6 (Oct. 16) Brandon Bice, NIU (football)
Week 7 (Oct. 23) Jacob Lawrence, BGSU (soccer)
Week 8 (Oct. 30) Josh Violanti, Buffalo (football)
Week 9 (Nov. 6) Tony Jordanek, KSU (cross country)
Week 10 (Nov. 13) Tommy Davis, NIU (football)
Week 11 (Nov. 20) Dan LeFevour, CMU (football)
Week 12 (Nov. 23) Dan LeFevour, CMU (football)
Week 13 (Dec. 4) Bryan Anderson, CMU (football); Chris Jenkins, EMU (wrestling)
Week 14 (Dec. 11) Kofi Sarkodie, Akron (soccer)