BIG TEN LEADS ALL CONFERENCES WITH NINE FOOTBALL ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS
December 6, 2012Richmond High School
Park Ridge, Ill. - The Big Ten led all conferences with nine student-athletes named
to the Capital One Academic All-America first or second teams in football as
announced today by CoSIDA. The Big Ten has now led all Football Bowl Subdivision
(FBS) conferences in Academic All-Americans for eight straight seasons, with 64
honorees over that time span.
The Big Ten's total of nine Academic All-Americans topped all conferences, as no
other conference produced more than five honorees. The Big Ten also led all
conferences with five first-team selections, followed by the Big 12 with three
first-team honorees and the Mid-American, Southeastern and Western Athletic
conferences with two first-teamers each. Penn State was one of only two schools with
two first-team Academic All-Americans.
The Academic All-America first-team honorees from the Big Ten are Indiana's Adam
Replogle, Nebraska's Rex Burkhead, Northwestern's Patrick Ward and the Penn State
duo of Pete Massaro and John Urschel. Burkhead, Ward and Massaro are three of the
five players among this year's honorees to earn first-team accolades for a second
time, giving the Big Ten 16 two-time Academic All-Americans in the last decade. The
Big Ten's second-team Academic All-Americans are the Michigan State pair of Max
Bullough and Mike Sadler, Nebraska's Sean Fisher and Northwestern's Brian Arnfelt.
To be eligible for the award, a player must be in at least his second year of
athletic eligibility, be a first-team or key performer and carry a cumulative 3.30
grade point average (GPA).