Dec. 12, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Seventeen Michigan State football players have been named to the 2013 Academic All-Big Ten Team: sophomore center Jack Allen, senior linebacker Max Bullough, red-shirt freshman offensive tackle Jack Conklin, sophomore quarterback Connor Cook, junior fullback Ty Hamilton, junior center Travis Jackson, sophomore tight end Paul Lang, red-shirt freshman wide receiver Matt Macksood, fifth-year senior quarterback Andrew Maxwell, red-shirt freshman safety Mark Meyers, fifth-year senior kicker Kevin Muma, junior wide receiver Keith Mumphery, red-shirt freshman quarterback Tyler O'Connor, red-shirt freshman tight end Josiah Price, junior punter Mike Sadler, sophomore nose tackle Mark Scarpinato and fifth-year senior offensive guard Blake Treadwell. The 17 Academic All-Big Ten selections are the second-highest single-season total in MSU history (2005: 18).
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).
Michigan State's list of honorees includes nine multi-year selections. Maxwell becomes the 18th four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection in MSU history. Bullough, Jackson and Sadler are featured on the academic all-conference team for the third-straight year, while Allen, Lang, Muma, Mumphery and Treadwell 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 17 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 championship level under Coach Dantonio, so too do they continue to compete at the highest level 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. We celebrate all of our Academic All-Big Ten selections."
In the first seven seasons under Dantonio, 87 student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten, including double-digit totals each of the last six years (2008-13).
2013 Academic All-Big Ten Team
Name (Academic Major, GPA)
Jack Allen (hospitality business, 3.35)
Max Bullough (finance, 3.56)
Jack Conklin (interdisciplinary studies in social science, 3.15)
Connor Cook (media and information, 3.23)
Tyler Hamilton (general management, 3.40)
Travis Jackson (psychology, 3.20)
Paul Lang (economics, 3.38)
Matt Macksood (hospitality business, 3.47)
Andrew Maxwell (marketing, 3.62)
Mark Meyers (no preference, 3.13)
Kevin Muma (hospitality business, 3.03)
Keith Mumphery (communication, 3.16)
Tyler O'Connor (general management, 3.53)
Josiah Price (no preference, 3.35)
Mike Sadler (economics, 3.97)
Mark Scarpinato (kinesiology, 3.87)
Blake Treadwell (sociology, 3.22)