ROSEMONT, Ill. — Six Big Ten students representing five conference schools earned Academic All-America honors in football as announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The Big Ten has now led all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences in Academic All-Americans for 13 consecutive seasons, with 94 honorees over that time span.
This year’s Academic All-America first-team honorees from the Big Ten are Iowa’s Anthony Nelson, Michigan State’s Cole Chewins, Nebraska’s Chris Weber and Rutgers’ Ryan Anderson.
Iowa’s Parker Hesse and Ohio State’s Jordan Fuller are the Big Ten students who received Academic All-America second-team accolades this season.
To be eligible for Academic All-America status, a student must be in at least his second year of athletic eligibility, be a starter or key performer, and carry a cumulative 3.30 grade-point average (GPA).
The complete 2017 CoSIDA Division I Football Academic All-America Team can be found by CLICKING HERE.