Two Wildcats Named Academic All-District

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State defensive back Tysyn Hartman and tight end Jeron Mastrud were among 24 individuals named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday.

Hartman, who started the season at quarterback, moved to safety prior to the third game of the season and has started each of the last five games. The Wichita, native, who already ranks eighth on the team in tackles with 33, recorded consecutive games with a career-best eight tackles against Texas Tech and at Texas A&M. Also a great special-team’s performer, Hartman has converted a first down on all three fake punt attempts this season. In the classroom, Hartman, an open-option major, has earned a cumulative 3.49 GPA.

A 2007 First Team Academic All-Big 12 selection, Mastrud has started 25 career games, including 10 straight. He is tied for second on the team in receiving with 33 catches for 378 yards. He tied his career high with five catches on five different occasions this season, including a five-catch, 74-yard outing at Kansas last week. A business administration major, Mastrud has earned a 3.88 cumulative GPA.

Nominees must have obtained a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher and first-year student-athletes are not eligible. Individuals are selected by a vote of CoSIDA members and are chosen by position. By earning first team honors, both Hartman and Mastrud are now eligible to be included on the ballot for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American honors.

Kansas State travels to Missouri on Saturday to take on the Tigers in an FSN-televised contest beginning at 6 p.m.