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Big 10 Honored With Most Academic All Americans

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Big 10 Honored With Most Academic All Americans

Big 10 Honored With Most Academic All Americans
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Another college football season has now come and gone. The outstanding student athletes did not disappoint fans turning out magnificently exciting plays week in and week out. Coaches had their inspirational and motivational juices pumping at extraordinary levels at times. To be a college football coach is to truly live life on the edge at all times. Calling a gut-wrenching face punt or making the decision to put a red hot offense back on the field for a fourth and two versus punt the ball away to the opponent giving them all of the momentum are they types of decisions that can quite honestly make or break a season for a coach and in turn possibly a career at an institution, possibly a dream job. Even universities and television networks worked symbiotically to foster some of the most exciting and inviting venues to attend a football game or view one from the comfort of one’s home. Yes, college football fans are truly a blessed group of people.

Sadly, for fans of the Big 10, the 2013 football season will pass once again without a desperately coveted national championship trophy. Urban Meyer, Braxton Miller and the entire Ohio State Buckeyes squad gave a great effort and came up just one victory shy of an opportunity to play for the award. Mark Dantonio and his Michigan State Spartans are the champions of the Big 10 and perhaps one could make an argument that they are a won loss team that is deserving of competing for the trophy but the games have been set and the Spartans will instead be playing in the Rose Bowl this season.

The Big 10 may be without a national championship or a Heisman trophy in 2013 but they may once again lay claim to the title of the conference with the most Academic All Americans. Here is a look at the Big 10 Academic All Americans.

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John Urschel Penn State Offensive Line

John Urschel Penn State Offensive Line
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Urschel has truly been an outstanding student in his career in Happy Valley. The young man is currently a graduate student who took just a single year to earn a master’s degree in mathematics after obtaining his undergraduate degree in three years. Urschel has a perfect 4.0 in his career at Penn State while still competing at high enough levels to be considered for awards such as the outland trophy.

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Max Bullough Michigan State Linebacker

Max Bullough Michigan State Linebacker
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Bullough has been the unquestioned leader of the best defense in all of college football this season and helped lead them to a Big 10 Championship and a Rose Bowl appearance. While doing building an impressive resume for NFL teams to examine come draft day Bullough has also maintained a 3.56 GPA studying in the field of finance. Bullough is a son of and grandson of former Spartan football players and also has a younger brother who is a freshman on this year’s team. He has also been a two-time team captain who is credited with starting 37 consecutive games for the Spartans.

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Mike Sadler Michigan State Punter

Mike Sadler Michigan State Punter
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Sadler graduated last spring with a 3.97 GPA in applied engineering science. Since then Sadler has made an academic switch deciding to peruse a PHD in economics. Sadler’s contributions to the Spartans have been very hard to measure. Truth be told is that his ability to in opponents deep consistently has allowed that Spartan defense to find the success they have this season.

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James Morris Iowa Hawkeyes Linebacker

James Morris Iowa Hawkeyes Linebacker
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Morris is a political science major who has achieved a 3.84 GPA in his time at Iowa. Morris has accumulated many awards for his on field efforts for the Hawkeyes but quite possibly his political aspirations and awards may overshadow his outstanding on field efforts.

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Spencer Long Nerbaska Cornhuskers Offensive Line

Spencer Long Nerbaska Cornhuskers Offensive Line
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Long, a senior who has majored in biological sciences and earned a 3.79 GPA, is a native of Nebraska as he hails from Elkhorn. Long was on the outland trophy watch list before his senior season was tragically ended as a result of a knee injury. Long has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll four times. He has also received the Nebraska Highest Honors Academic Medallion a total of three times. Perhaps the greatest honor for any Husker was being named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team in 2013

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Mark Murphy Indiana Hoosiers Defensive Back

Mark Murphy Indiana Hoosiers Defensive Back
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Murphy is a junior who majors informatics. He has achieved a 3.91 GPA. Murphy ranks second on the Coach Kevin Wilsons team with 84 tackles. Murphy has been a backbone for the Hoosier defense while finding time to maintain excellence in the classroom.

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C.J. Zimmerer Nebraska Cornhuskers Fullback

C.J. Zimmerer Nebraska Cornhuskers Fullback
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Zimmer is currently preparing for his 41st game as a Husker while they are in Florida preparing to take on the Georgia Bulldogs in the Gator Bowl. Zimmer, a Nebraska native, has been a pillar of academic achievement as a Husker and spent countless hours as volunteer in his community. Zimmerer has achieved a 3.76 GPA in the studies of Criminology and Criminal Justice with aspirations of being a police officer. Zimmerer has been an amazing three time selection for the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team.

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Jake Long Nebraska Cornhuskers Tight End

Jake Long Nebraska Cornhuskers Tight End
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Long is the brother of the previously mentioned Spencer Long and will be playing in this year’s bowl game as a graduate. Long achieved his degree in biological sciences/pre medicine. Long of course also hails from Elkhorn Nebraska. Long has earned a 3.86 GPA in his time in Lincoln.