Dec. 6, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Fourteen Michigan State football players have been named to the 2012 Academic All-Big Ten Team: red-shirt freshman offensive lineman Jack Allen, junior linebacker Max Bullough, junior defensive end Jeremy Gainer, sophomore tight end Andrew Gleichert, sophomore center Travis Jackson, junior offensive guard Nate Klatt, red-shirt freshman tight end Paul Lang, junior quarterback Andrew Maxwell, sophomore wide receiver Keith Mumphery, sophomore fullback Niko Palazeti, fifth-year senior offensive lineman Ethan Ruhland, sophomore punter Mike Sadler, red-shirt freshman wide receiver Andre Sims Jr. and junior offensive guard Blake Treadwell. The 14 Academic All-Big Ten selections are the third-highest single-season total in MSU history (2005: 18; 2006: 16).
To be eligible for the Academic All-Big Ten Team, a student-athlete must be a letterwinner who is in at least his second academic year and carry a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale). Sadler is one of five football players on the 2012 Academic All-Big Ten Team, who carries a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA.
Michigan State's list of honorees includes seven multi-year selections. Ruhland became the 17th four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection in MSU history. Klatt and Maxwell are featured on the academic all-conference team for the third-straight year, while Bullough, Gainer, Jackson and Sadler have made the honor roll for the second year in a row.
"It's important that we continue to promote an environment that encourages and supports our student-athletes to pursue excellence, both in the classroom and on the playing field," MSU head coach Mark Dantonio said. "We congratulate these 14 student-athletes who represent Michigan State on the Academic All-Big Ten Team. They have done an outstanding job of managing their time, balancing the responsibilities that go along with being both a student and an athlete. They have set the standard for excellence in the classroom."
"As our players continue to compete at a high level under Coach Dantonio, so too do they continue to compete in the classroom," MSU Director of Academic Services for Student-Athletes Todd Edwards said. "Our measurables, such as graduation rates and Academic Progress Rate, continue their upward trends. More importantly, our guys continue to reinforce their commitment to the program's values of hard work and toughness to the classroom as well as the playing field. That's a reflection of our academic staff and Coach Dantonio's expectation and the standard that's been established. Hats off to all of our Academic All-Big Ten selections!"
In the first six seasons under Dantonio, 70 student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten, including double-digit totals each of the last five years (2008-12). 2012 Academic All-Big Ten Team
Name (Hometown) Academic Major (GPA)
2012 Academic All-Big Ten Team Name (Hometown) Academic Major (GPA)