#Culture'd: Urschel, Massaro Named Academic All-Americans

Mike Pettigano

More football players proving the NCAA wrong time and time again.

Offensive guard John Urschel and defensive end Pete Massaro were named the 50th and 51st Penn State footballers to be named academic All-Americans in the program's history today as they were both named to the Capital One Academic All-American first team. Penn State, along with Notre Dame, were the only schools to have multiple honorees.

Penn State's 51 football academic All-Americans and 178 overall academic All-Americans both rank third among FBS schools.

Urschel, who is a redshirt junior but already beginning graduate studies in mathematics, graduated last May with a 4.0 undergraduate GPA and just published an article entitled "Instabilities in the Sun-Jupiter-Asteroid Three Body Problem" in the journal Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy.

Massaro, who was also named an Academic All-American in 2010, graduated in December of 2011 with a degree in finance and a 3.85 GPA and is on track to get a second degree in economics at this December's commencement.

Urschel and Massaro were joined on the district Academic All-American team by Brad Bars and Ben Kline. The four honorees on that team also tied for the FBS lead along with Duke and Northern Illinois.

But, yeah, #culture, football over academics, [insert outlandish claim here] and such, President Emmert.


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