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Nebraska Has Smart Football Players - 21 on All-Big Ten Academic List

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

I really wanted to entitle this "Nebraska has smart fooball playrs" but I figure it would drive Husker Mike insane, so I didn't.

Nebraska landed 21 football players on the Academic All-Big Ten Honoree list, and as noted by the UNL Athletic Department:

Nebraska's honorees were highlighted by sophomore wide receiver Lane Hovey, who earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season. Hovey was one of three football student-athletes and 26 overall student-athletes recognized for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. An Adel, Iowa, native, Hovey is majoring in business administration and already has a senior academic standing, despite having two seasons of eligibility remaining.

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.


- Year reflects academic standing not eligibility

- Four out of five starters from the offensive line made this list, including Mark Pelini double majoring in Mathematics and History. This should make you go hmmmmm......

- Pelini is the only player involved in a science-related field.

- Perhaps we need dumber linemen.

- Ameer Abdullah is a senior. Man, I'm gonna miss that guy and not just because of what he did on the field.

Here's the list:

Player Year Major Hometown State
Ameer Abdullah Sr. History Homewood Ala. (2nd Selection)
Josh Banderas Soph. Broadcasting Lincoln Neb.
Maliek Collins Soph. Undeclared Kansas City Mo.
Jake Cotton Graduate History Lincoln Neb. (3)
Sam Cotton Jr. Business Administration Lincoln Neb. (2)
Joey Felici Sr. Management/Business Administration Omaha Neb.
Kevin Gladney Soph. Child Youth and Family Services Akron Ohio
Greg Hart Soph. Finance/Marketing Dayton Ohio
Lane Hovey Sr. Business Administration Adel Iowa (2)
Harrison Jordan Soph. Business Administration Omaha Neb.
Alex Lewis Sr. Sociology Tempe Ariz.
Josh Mitchell Sr. Communication Studies Corona Calif. (3)
Mike Moudy Sr. English Castle Rock Colo. (3)
Mark Pelini Sr. Mathematics/History Youngstown Ohio (3)
Givens Price Sr. Accounting/Management Houston Texas (3)
Ryne Reeves Sr. Economics/Management Crete Neb. (3)
Brandon Reilly Jr. Marketing Lincoln Neb. (2)
Trevor Roach Sr. Finance/Management Elkhorn Neb. (3)
David Sutton Sr. Management/Marketing Lincoln Neb. (2)
Chris Weber Jr. Undeclared Omaha Neb.
Jordan Westerkamp Jr. Business Administration Lombard Ill. (2)