Big Ten boasts 8 Academic All-Americans

For the fifth consecutive season, the Big Ten led all conferences with eight players named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams, which were announced today. The Big Ten leads all leagues with six first-team selections, the third-highest total in conference history.

Here are the honorees and their grade-point averages:

First Team

  • Michigan P Zoltan Mesko, 3.65

  • Michigan State WR Blair White, 3.89

  • Northwestern WR Zeke Markshausen, 3.46

  • Penn State LB Josh Hull, 3.56

  • Penn State C Stefen Wisniewksi, 3.89

  • Penn State LS Andrew Pitz, 3.93

Second Team

  • Northwestern K Stefan Demos, 3.49

  • Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan, 3.38

Penn State and Texas are the only schools with multiple first-team selections, and Penn State is the lone school with three honorees.

The most impressive thing about this list is that it includes seven All-Big Ten performers, including four first-team selections in Mesko (media and coaches), Wisniewski (media and coaches), White (coaches) and Kerrigan (media). Congratulations to all the honorees.