ACC announces 2012 all-academic team

These guys are good. They understand the importance of success both on the field and in the classroom. They're role models for younger players and recruits.

They're the smart jocks.

Among the ACC's best and brightest? North Carolina All-American offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper; Clemson center Dalton Freeman; Duke receiver Conner Vernon; Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins.

Scrubs they are not.

To be eligible for all-academic team consideration, the following players must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. All 12 ACC schools were represented by at least one selection on the team.

Duke led all ACC schools with 21 selections, followed by Clemson with six and NC State with five. Maryland had four players chosen, followed by North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech with three each. Georgia Tech and Wake Forest each had two players chosen, with Boston College, Florida State and Miami with one.

The ACC has selected an All-ACC Academic Football team every year since 1954. This year's team was chosen from a pool of 105 ACC players who were nominated by their schools.

We're not talking entirely about golf classes here, either. Among the majors of this year's team: Evolutionary anthropology, masters in economics, international affairs, public policy.

A round of applause, please, for the the ACC's all-academic team. You can find the full 52-member list here.