Missed this yesterday... Arizona State linebacker Mike Nixon has been named a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
He carries a 4.07 GPA in political science and was the only Pac-10 representative on the first team.
The Phoenix native is a team co-captain and leads the Sun Devils with 65 tackles, including six for loss. He has also intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown, blocked a punt and forced three fumbles. Nixon was named Academic All-Pac-10 in each of the past two seasons.