Nov. 20, 2019
CLEVELAND – Western Michigan senior quarterback Jon Wassink was named Male Scholar Athlete of the Week by the Mid-American Conference after his performance in the Broncos’ 37-34 overtime victory at Ohio last Tuesday, November 12.
The selection is the fifth MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor for Wassink as he was tabbed twice during the 2017 campaign and twice in 2018.
During the tilt at Ohio, Wassink completed 23-of-34 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns while adding 17 rushing yards. His 23 completions lifted his career total to 480, surpassing Ryan Cubit (2004-06/459) for seventh in Western Michigan history while Wassink’s three TD passes raised his career total to 49, tied with Brad Tayles (1989-92/49) for the fifth most in program history. Wassink’s 322 passing yards marked his fourth 300-yard game of the campaign.
A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Wassink’s performance helped the Broncos improve to 5-2 in MAC games for the first time under head coach Tim Lester. WMU was 4-3 through seven league games in Lester’s first two years.
A two-time Academic All-MAC Football Team honoree and two-time MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete, Wassink was also named the Western Michigan Football John Gill Scholar-Athlete in 2017. He has been named to the Western Michigan University Dean’s List every semester on campus, achieving at least a 3.50 grade-point average on a scale of 4.00 each semester.
Wassink graduated from Western Michigan in December with a degree in accountancy and is pursuing a master’s degree in accountancy. He completed his undergraduate degree with a 3.95 grade-point average and holds a current 3.75 GPA in his master’s program.
This fall, Wassink has been named one of 12 recipients of the 2019 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award, presented by Fidelity Investments. The selection makes him a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda. In addition to his NFF accolade, Wassink is one of nine semifinalists for the Wuerffel Trophy, presented by the Chick-fil-A® Foundation, and one of 10 Senior CLASS Award finalists.
The Broncos (7-4, 5-2 MAC) are back in action Tuesday at Northern Illinois for a 7 p.m. kick. With a win, Western Michigan can capture the MAC West Division title and advance to the league’s championship game versus Miami (Ohio) on December 7 in Detroit.