Nine Big Ten players have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America teams. That leads all FBS conferences.
Here are the honorees:
Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska
Pete Massaro, DE, Penn State
Adam Replogle, DT, Indiana
John Urschel, OL, Penn State
Patrick Ward, OL, Northwestern
Burkhead, Ward and Massaro earned first-team honors for the second time, becoming three of just five players nationally to achieve that distinction.
Brian Arnfelt, DL, Northwestern
Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State
Sean Fisher, LB, Nebraska
Mike Sadler, P, Michigan State
To be eligible for the academic All-America honors, a player 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.
The Big Ten's five first-team selections were more than any other conference. The league has now led all FBS conferences in academic All-Americans for eight straight seasons, with 64 total honorees over that span.
Congrats to these players for this outstanding achievement.