Big Ten student-athletes continue to excel both on the field and in the classroom, as 19 conference standouts were named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Football Teams. The conference's honorees are Indiana's Mark Murphy and Adam Replogle, Iowa's Steve Bigach, James Morris and James Vandenberg, Michigan State's Max Bullough and Mike Sadler, Minnesota's John Rabe, Nebraska's Rex Burkhead, Sean Fisher, Jake Long and Spencer Long, Northwestern's Brian Arnfelt and Patrick Ward, Penn State's Brad Bars, Ben Kline, Pete Massaro and John Urschel and Wisconsin's Michael Trotter.
Nebraska and Penn State were two of only four Football Bowl Subdivision institutions to produce four Academic All-District selections. Ten Big Ten players earned Academic All-District laurels for the second straight year in Bigach, Bullough, Burkhead, Fisher, Spencer Long, Replogle, Sadler, Urschel, Vandenberg and Ward. Burkhead and Ward were named first-team Academic All-Americans last season, while Fisher and Sadler were tabbed as second-team honorees. Massaro was a first-team Academic All-American following the 2010 campaign but missed the 2011 season due to injury.
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 6.