Dec. 9, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A dozen Ohio State football players were named today to the Big Ten Conference Academic All-Conference team. Headlining the list are Ohio State’s first-team Academic All-Americans Jacoby Boren and Jack Willoughby.
A total of 72 Ohio State Buckeyes in seven fall sports – women’s soccer (18 total honorees), football (12), field hockey (12), men’s soccer (12), women’s volleyball (8), women’s cross country (7) and men’s cross country (3) – received academic honors from the Big Ten. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten accolades, students must be in at least their second academic year, carry a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 or higher and be a letterwinner.
Boren earns the conference honor for a third time in a collegiate career full of academic achievement that also features National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete distinction, two Academic All-America accolades, two Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar honors and four times being named an OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Willoughby, who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke last year with double degrees in economics and statistics, is currently pursuing a master’s from Ohio State in agricultural environmental and development economics.
Four Buckeyes are Big Ten Academic All-Conference for the third time in their careers: Joe Burger, Pat Elflein, Bryce Haynes and Cam Williams. Burger and Elflein are seniors academically and juniors in eligibility. Haynes graduated earlier this year with a degree in biology and has been enrolled in a psychology master’s program while he applies to medical schools. Williams is set to graduate on Sunday.
First-time honorees for outstanding academic pursuits are sophomore Dante Booker, graduate student Chase Farris, sophomore Sam Hubbard, senior Kato Mitchell, sophomore Sean Nuernberger and junior Aaron Parry.