The 30 football student-athletes named to the Academic All-Big Ten team, include six three-time academic all-conference selections and 10 players earning the honor for the second time in their Nebraska careers.
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.
The 30 football Academic All-Big Ten honorees for Nebraska were the third-most in the conference, trailing only Minnesota and Northwestern, which each had 35 players honored.
Leading the way among three-time Academic All-Big Ten selections were seniors Spencer and Jake Long and C.J. Zimmerer. The three Nebraska natives were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans last week. Other three-time honorees included junior receiver Tyler Evans, senior tackle Brent Qvale and senior safety Wil Richards.
The two-time honorees for Coach Bo Pelini’s program include receiver Taariq Allen, receiver Sam Burtch, offensive guard Jake Cotton, cornerback Josh Mitchell, offensive guard Mike Moudy, center Mark Pelini, offensive guard Givens Price, offensive guard Ryne Reeves, offensive tackle Jeremiah Sirles and offensive tackle Zach Sterup.
Fourteen additional Huskers earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the first time, including redshirt freshman receiver Lane Hovey, who was one of 20 student-athletes across all sports who was recognized for maintaining a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA. Nebraska sophomore soccer student-athlete Katie Kraeutner was also among the group with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.
The 30 football student-athletes were among a group of 58 Nebraska student-athletes earning Academic All-Big Ten honors in their respective sports. The group includes 14 members of John Walker’s soccer program, five volleyball student-athletes, six members of the men’s cross country team and three women’s cross country student-athletes.
Football Academic All-Big Ten Selections (Year listed reflects academic standing)
Ameer Abdullah, Jr., History, Homewood, Ala.
Taariq Allen, Jr., Child, Youth and Family Studies, Weston, Mass.
Sam Burtch, Jr., Communication Studies, Murdock, Neb.
Brandon Chapek, Sr., Biological Sciences, Wahoo, Neb.
Jake Cotton, Sr., Communication Studies/History, Lincoln, Neb.
Sam Cotton, So., Business Administration, Lincoln, Neb.
Scott Criss, Sr., Construction Management, Omaha, Neb.
Imani Cross, So., Communication Studies, Gainesville, Ga.
Tyler Evans, Sr., Biological Sciences/Psychology, Waverly, Neb.
Andrew Green, Sr., Ethnic Studies, San Antonio, Texas
Lane Hovey, Jr. Business Administration, Adel, Iowa, 4.0 GPA
Charles Jackson, So., Undeclared Spring, Texas
Jake Long, Sr., Biological Sciences, Elkhorn, Neb.
Spencer Long, Sr., Biological Sciences, Elkhorn, Neb.
Greg McMullen, So., Criminology and Criminal Justice, Akron, Ohio
Josh Mitchell, Sr., Communication Studies, Corona, Calif.
Mike Moudy, Sr., English, Castle Rock, Colo.
Mark Pelini, Sr., Mathematics/History, Youngstown, Ohio
Cole Pensick, Gr., Agribusiness, Lincoln, Neb.
Givens Price, Jr., Accounting/Management, Houston, Texas
Brent Qvale, Gr., Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science/Applied Science, Williston, N.D.
Ryne Reeves, Jr., Economics, Crete, Neb.
Brandon Reilly, So., Business Administration, Lincoln, Neb.
Wil Richards, Sr., Business Administration, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Michael Rose, So., Undeclared, Kansas City, Mo.
Jeremiah Sirles, Gr., Management, Lakewood, Colo.
Zach Sterup, Jr., Economics/Finance, Hastings, Neb.
David Sutton, Jr., Marketing/Management, Lincoln, Neb.
Jordan Westerkamp, So., Business Administration, Lombard, Ill.
CJ Zimmerer, Gr., Criminology and Criminal Justice, Omaha, Neb.