Big Ten Produces 22 Academic All-District Honorees

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Big Ten student-athletes continue to excel both on the field and in the classroom, as 22 conference standouts were named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District first teams. The conference's honorees are Indiana's Greg Heban and Adam Replogle, Iowa's Steve Bigach, Tyler Nielsen and James Vandenberg, Michigan's Will Heininger, Michigan State's Max Bullough, Kirk Cousins, Joel Foreman and Mike Sadler, Nebraska's Rex Burkhead, Austin Cassidy, Ben Cotton, Sean Fisher and Spencer Long, Northwestern's Doug Bartels, Jacob Schmidt, Patrick Ward and Kevin Watt, Penn State's John Urschel and Purdue's Joe Holland and Crosby Wright. 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. First-team selections will be added to the national ballot and are eligible for Academic All-America honors to be announced on December 8. Last season, the Big Ten tied for the lead among all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences with five student-athletes named to the Academic All-America first or second teams. The Big Ten has led all FBS conferences in Academic All-Americans for six straight seasons, with 48 football honorees over that time span. Nebraska's Cassidy is looking to earn first-team Academic All-America accolades for the second straight season, while Purdue's Holland was a second-team Academic All-American last season.

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