Male Scholar Athlete of the Week: December 31 – January 6, 2013
Northern Illinois University Ryan Neir (Football)
Northern Illinois punter Ryan Neir capped off his career at Northern Illinois in grand style at the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl. The redshirt senior punted six times for a 40.5 yard average and placed three of those punts inside Florida State's 20 yard line. In addition, the Roscoe, Ill., native boomed two 50+ yard punts during the game with a long of 51 yards in the second quarter. Neir, a senior, has a 4.00 GPA in Finance.
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.