Thursday, December 6, 2012
Nine from B1G are academic All-Americans
By Brian Bennett
Nine Big Ten players have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America teams. That leads all FBS conferences.
Here are the honorees:
- Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska
- Pete Massaro, DE, Penn State
- Adam Replogle, DT, Indiana
- John Urschel, OL, Penn State
- Patrick Ward, OL, Northwestern
Burkhead, Ward and Massaro earned first-team honors for the second time, becoming three of just five players nationally to achieve that distinction.
To be eligible for the academic All-America honors, a player must be in at least his second year of athletic eligibility, be a starter or key performer, and carry a cumulative 3.30 grade point average.
The Big Ten's five first-team selections were more than any other conference. The league has now led all FBS conferences in academic All-Americans for eight straight seasons, with 64 total honorees over that span.
Congrats to these players for this outstanding achievement.