Seven Big Ten players named Academic All-Americans

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The Big Ten was well represented on the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team, as seven players made the list, two more than any other conference.

League champ Penn State led the way with four first-team Academic All-Americans: safety Mark Rubin, left tackle Gerald Cadogan, offensive lineman Andrew Pitz and linebacker Josh Hull. Other honorees include Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie, Illinois center Ryan McDonald and Northwestern long snapper Phil Brunner.

Cadogan, Robiskie and McDonald all made first-team Academica All-America for the second consecutive season.

Penn State had the most Academic All-Americans of any Division I team. BYU, Dayton and North Dakota State were the only other schools with multiple selections.