As the fall term of the 2010-11 school year concludes, the Big Ten recognized a total of 190 football student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference Team, just three shy of the conference record of 193 Academic All-Big Ten honorees established last season. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
Big Ten Academic All-Conference award winners also achieved excellence outside of the classroom. Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan (Sr., Education) was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Year, while Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi (Gr., Civil Engineering) earned Offensive Lineman of the Year honors.
A number of Academic All-Big Ten selections have already been honored as Academic All-Americans during the fall season. On the football field, the Big Ten tied for the lead among all Football Bowl Subdivision conferences with five players on the ESPN Academic All-America first and second teams with honors going to Academic All-Big Ten honorees Chris Colasanti (Sr., Kinesiology), Pete Massaro (Jr., Finance) and Stefen Wisniewski (Sr., Secondary Education) of Penn State and Kyle Adams (Sr., Management) and Joe Holland (Jr.,Movement and Sports Science) of Purdue.
For the full list of Academic All-Big Ten honorees, click on this link.