June 5, 2013
John Urschel enters his fifth-year senior season as arguably college football's premier student-athlete. Urschel was selected a 2012 first-team All-Big Ten guard by the coaches. He was instrumental in helping the Nittany Lions lead the Big Ten in total offense (437.0 ypg) in conference games and rank second in scoring offense (32.6 ppg) and second in pass offense (283.1 ypg) against Big Ten foes. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Urschel graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average in mathematics in May 2012, less than three years after enrolling at Penn State. He earned his master's degree in math in May 2013, maintaining his 4.0 GPA. The Williamsville, N.Y. product was a 2012 first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American. During the 2013 spring semester, Urschel taught a section of Math 041 - Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry - three days a week in addition to his own academic work, research and football responsibilities. He also had a paper published in the journal, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy. The title of the paper was "Instabilities of the Sun-Jupiter-Asteroid Three Body Problem."