In the media these days, we have heard many things about programs doing it the wrong way. Penn State has the sex abuse scandal. Miami is getting hammered for improper benefits. USC had their own scandal blow up in their face for Reggie Bush. Ohio State still does not know how bad it is going to be, though they are very optimistic it will not be so bad.
Why does the media not focus on the good that is happening at programs? On Thursday, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released their annual Academic All Americans list.
Too many people, including myself at times, think that college athletes are just dumb jocks. Stereotypically, they take “easy” classes that do not challenge them, instead focusing on their duties on the gridiron. Another stereotype is that they are given extra time compared to normal students in their classes to complete projects.
So it is nice to hear when a program has an Academic All American. Better yet when a school has two players on the first team. The Huskers have done just that this season, with Austin Cassidy and Rex Burkhead bringing some more hardware to Lincoln.
Of all the schools, Nebraska is the one of three programs to have two players on the first team, joining Army and Montana on that list. If you include Sean Fisher who made the second team, Nebraska is the only school with three players between the first and second lists.
On the district list, which determines the list of eligible players for the national list, Nebraska was also the only school who had five players represented on the list. Nebraska currently leads the nation with 67 first team balloters since the inception of the awards list. The Huskers also have 35 second and third team representatives, giving them a total of 102.
That is currently a nation leading number. Across all sports, not just football, Nebraska now has a nation leading 294 CoSIDA All-Americans. Who is number two, you ask? That belongs to Notre Dame, who is now 72 behind the Huskers.
A big shout out to these three who are getting it done in the classroom, as ultimately, “Many of us will be going pro in something other than sports.”