Nathan Miekle Getting ESPN Props

BYU Junior receiver Nathan Meikle has been named the Academic All District by both ESPN magazine and the College Sports Information Directors of America.

It's not often that ESPN writers shine a positive light on BYU sports. The magazine that once headlined BYU as, "The Most Hated Team in America" on its front cover has turned a new page by showing some love towards a member of the BYU football team.

Idaho Falls native Nathan Meikle, a walk-on from Snow Junior College in Ephraim, Utah, was chosen as one of 24 athletes from 15 schools named to the District 8 team for carrying a 3.85 cumulative grade point average in a business major.

Being no stranger to such awards, Meikle's habits have garnered him academic awards in the past from his classroom accomplishments. While playing football for two years at Snow Junior College, Meikle was named first-team Academic All-American his freshman season.

Now in his first year as a Cougar, Meikle has made an immediate impact as a slot receiver. The nine games he's been involved in Meikle has caught 21 passes for a total of 155-yards, rushed six times for 41 yards and returned 16 punts for 108-yards. His first career start as a Cougar came against Boston College where he led the team with a career-high nine receptions. During the TCU game he set a career-high with 53 receiving yards.

Meikle's first touchdown of his D-1 career came on a 12-yard run in the first quarter against Air Force that put the Cougars up 14-0. He recorded his longest punt return (22-yards) on the season thus far against the Irish in South Bend to put BYU in Irish Territory in the third quarter. The drive led to a touchdown that cut the Irish lead to 28-23. BYU was in reach to pull off an upset.

Now that Meikle has been named to this honor, the first-team selections from each district across the country will advance to the national ballot for further consideration to the ESPN Magazine Academic All-American Team.

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