Thursday, November 17, 2011
Four players named to Pac-12 All-Academic team
By Pedro Moura
Four USC Trojans -- quarterback Matt Barkley, center Khaled Holmes, defensive end Devon Kennard and safety Drew McAllister were named to the Pac-12's annual All-Academic team on Thursday, earning second-team honors.
Barkley and Holmes were each listed as having 3.22 GPAs in USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, although Holmes has already begun work on his master's degree in communication management in his fourth year at the school. Kennard has a 3.20 GPA, also in communication.
McAllister, a backup safety who has started one game for the Trojans this season, has a 3.12 GPA as a public policy major.
USC had two other players who made honorable mention: walk-on punter Kyle Negrete and walk-on safety Cody Romness.
No Trojans earned first-team honors, meaning USC and Arizona State were the only two schools to not have at least one first-team honoree.
Stanford's Andrew Luck topped the list at quarterback with a 3.48 in architectural design. The top GPA recorded by a Pac-12 player was Arizona kicker John Bonano's 3.90 in physiology.