Big Ten Leads All Conferences with Eight Academic All-Americans in Football

Indiana's Austin Starr was one of eight Big Ten standouts earning Academic All-America laurels.

Indiana's Austin Starr was one of eight Big Ten standouts earning Academic All-America laurels.

Nov. 29, 2007

The Big Ten leads all conferences with eight student-athletes named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America football teams. Six of the Big Ten's eight honorees were chosen for the first team, which also topped all conferences. The Big 12 ranked second with four first-team selections.
 
The Academic All-America first team honorees from the Big Ten included Illinois' Ryan McDonald, Indiana's Austin Starr, Iowa's Mike Klinkenborg and Adam Shada, Ohio State's Brian Robiskie and Penn State's Gerald Cadogan.  Second team honors went to Illinois' J Leman and Purdue's Jared Armstrong.  Klinkenborg and Shada earned their second consecutive first-team accolades after being honored last season.   

To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be in at least his second year of athletic eligibility, be a first team or key performer and carry a cumulative 3.20 grade point average.