Big Ten Leads All Conferences with Nine Football Academic All-Americans

Northwestern's Patrick Ward is a two-time first-team Academic All-American.

Dec. 6, 2012

The Big Ten led all conferences with nine student-athletes named to the Capital One Academic All-America first or second teams in football as announced today by CoSIDA. The Big Ten has now led all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences in Academic All-Americans for eight straight seasons, with 64 honorees over that time span.
The Big Ten’s total of nine Academic All-Americans topped all conferences, as no other conference produced more than five honorees. The Big Ten also led all conferences with five first-team selections, followed by the Big 12 with three first-team honorees and the Mid-American, Southeastern and Western Athletic conferences with two first-teamers each. Penn State was one of only two schools with two first-team Academic All-Americans.

The Academic All-America first-team honorees from the Big Ten are Indiana’s Adam Replogle, Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead, Northwestern’s Patrick Ward and the Penn State duo of Pete Massaro and John Urschel. Burkhead, Ward and Massaro are three of the five players among this year’s honorees to earn first-team accolades for a second time, giving the Big Ten 16 two-time Academic All-Americans in the last decade. The Big Ten’s second-team Academic All-Americans are the Michigan State pair of Max Bullough and Mike Sadler, Nebraska’s Sean Fisher and Northwestern’s Brian Arnfelt.

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 (GPA).