Big Ten: Andrew Pitz

For the fifth consecutive season, the Big Ten led all conferences with eight players named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams, which were announced today. The Big Ten leads all leagues with six first-team selections, the third-highest total in conference history.

Here are the honorees and their grade-point averages:

First Team
  • Michigan P Zoltan Mesko, 3.65
  • Michigan State WR Blair White, 3.89
  • Northwestern WR Zeke Markshausen, 3.46
  • Penn State LB Josh Hull, 3.56
  • Penn State C Stefen Wisniewksi, 3.89
  • Penn State LS Andrew Pitz, 3.93
Second Team
  • Northwestern K Stefan Demos, 3.49
  • Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan, 3.38

Penn State and Texas are the only schools with multiple first-team selections, and Penn State is the lone school with three honorees.

The most impressive thing about this list is that it includes seven All-Big Ten performers, including four first-team selections in Mesko (media and coaches), Wisniewski (media and coaches), White (coaches) and Kerrigan (media). Congratulations to all the honorees.
Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

The Big Ten was well represented on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District teams, presented today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (COSIDA). It's especially nice to see several of the league's star players succeeding in the classroom.

Here's the breakdown by school of who made the teams, as well as their GPAs and majors:


  • G Jon Asamoah, 3.82, community health
  • G Julian Vandervelde, 3.47, religious studies/English
  • QB Ben Chappell, 3.7, accounting
  • RB Trea Burgess, 3.47, telecommunications
  • LS Brandon Bugg, 3.62, Master's of business administration
  • P Zoltan Mesko, 3.65, business administration (marketing & finance)
  • WR Jon Conover, 3.54, political science
Michigan State
  • WR Blair White, 3.89, human biology
  • RB Andrew Hawken, 3.44, supply chain management
  • LB Adam Decker, 3.62, finance
  • WR Eric Decker, 3.41, business and marketing education
  • C Jeff Tow-Arnett, 3.79, business and marketing education
  • WR Zeke Markshausen, 3.46, mechanical engineering and design & innovation
  • G Doug Bartels, 3.45, anthropology (pre-med)
  • K Stefan Demos, 3.49, communication studies
Ohio State
  • RB Marcus Williams, 3.86, physical therapy
  • OL Bryant Browning, 3.33, marketing
  • OL Andrew Moses, 3.86, political science
  • DT Todd Denlinger, 3.3, construction systems management
Penn State
  • OL Andrew Pitz, 3.93, journalism/telecommunications
  • LB Josh Hull, 3.56, environmental systems engineering
  • C Stefen Wisniewski, 3.89, secondary education
  • P Jeremy Boone, 3.33, elementary education
  • LB Joe Holland, 4.0, movement & sports science
  • DE Ryan Kerrigan, 3.38, math education
  • P Brad Nortman, 3.64, finance

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

The Big Ten was well represented on the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team, as seven players made the list, two more than any other conference. 

League champ Penn State led the way with four first-team Academic All-Americans: safety Mark Rubin, left tackle Gerald Cadogan, offensive lineman Andrew Pitz and linebacker Josh Hull. Other honorees include Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie, Illinois center Ryan McDonald and Northwestern long snapper Phil Brunner. 

Cadogan, Robiskie and McDonald all made first-team Academica All-America for the second consecutive season.

Penn State had the most Academic All-Americans of any Division I team. BYU, Dayton and North Dakota State were the only other schools with multiple selections.