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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