Ulatoski, Acho chosen as first-team Academic All-Americans

Texas tackle Adam Ulatoski and defensive end Sam Acho were chosen for ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-America team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Ulatoski is a graduate student with a 3.53 grade-point average while majoring in corporate communications and advertising. Acho, a junior, has a 3.62 grade-point average in honors business.

Kansas State tight end Jeron Mastrud and Baylor linebacker Joe Pawelek were chosen for the second team. Mastrud, a senior, has a 3.81 grade-point average while majoring in management. And Pawelek, a senior, has a 3.71 grade-point average in finance/economics.

I've met and interviewed all four of these players over the course of their careers. All of them richly deserve their honors.