Nov. 3, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A pair of Ohio State Buckeyes — sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard and senior kicker Tyler Durbin — were named today to the Academic All-District 5 team. These two fine student-athletes now advance to the national ballot where this year’s class of Academic All-Americans will be determined.
Hubbard, a finance major from Cincinnati, ranks second among Ohio State defensive linemen in tackles with 25. He has recorded 4.5 tackles-for-loss totaling 30 yards, including 2.5 quarterback sacks. The eight-game starter leads all Buckeyes with three quarterback hurries. He is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and was named Academic All-Big Ten last year.
Durbin, a transfer from James Madison where he played soccer, is majoring in civil engineering. He walked on to the football team last year, won the kicking job this year and is currently leading the Big Ten Conference in both scoring and kick scoring with 75 points and 9.4 points per game. He is 11 of 12 in field goals this season and has converted 42 of 44 extra points.
Student-athletes nominated for Academic All-America honors must be key members of college football teams who are at least a sophomore in eligibility and have at least a 3.30 grade point average.