December 7, 2016

A Dozen Buckeyes Named Academic All-Big Ten


Dec. 7, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – First-team Academic All-American Sam Hubbard and nationally ranked kicker Tyler Durbin headline a selection of a dozen Ohio State Buckeyes who were named today to the Academic All-Big Ten Conference team.

Hubbard, from Cincinnati and Archbishop Moeller, is Ohio State’s third first-team Academic All-American in the past two years and the 29th overall. A finance major, this is his third Academic All-Big Ten honor. Hubbard has started all 12 games this season for the Buckeyes and is second among the Ohio State defensive linemen with 41 tackles and second with four quarterback hurries.

Durbin, a civil engineering major from Burke, Va., earns his first academic honor from the Big Ten. One of the surprise performers of the season for the Buckeyes, Durbin leads the Big Ten in kick scoring with 114 points and a 9.5 points per game average. He ranks 15th nationally in scoring. He is in his second year with the program and second year playing organized football after transferring to OSU from James Madison, where he played soccer.

Joe Burger is a fifth-year performer out of Cincinnati and LaSalle High School. Initially a walk-on who will letter a fourth time this fall, Burger is now on scholarship and will graduate in December with his degree in industrial and systems engineering. Burger has played in all 12 games this season for the Buckeyes and was Ohio State’s nominee for an NFF Scholar-Athlete award, the highest academic honor for a college football player. He is a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Jarrod Barnes is also a fifth-year performer, but he already is working on his Ph.D. after getting his bachelor’s in kinesiology in three years from Louisville, and then transferring to Ohio State and getting his master’s in sports management this summer. He is from Westerville, Ohio and South High School.

Back-up quarterback Joe Burrow – 22 of 28 throwing this season for 226 yards and two touchdowns – earns his first Big Ten academic honor in this, his first year eligible. He is from The Plains, Ohio, and is undecided on a major.

Buckeyes honored today by the Big Ten for their academic pursuits also include the following:

  • Senior safety Michael Cibene is a logistics management major from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Pine Crest High School. The three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete is in his fourth season with the program.
  • Tight end Guy Ferrelli, a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, earns his first Academic All-Big Ten honor this year. The tight end from Galloway, Ohio, and Bishop Ready High School, is majoring in communications.
  • Senior Elijaah Goins is a safety and special teams standout for the Buckeyes who is majoring in pharmacy. The OSU Scholar-Athlete has played in 11 games this season and is from Concord, N.C., and Cox Mill High School.
  • Safety Michael Lawless is an exercise science major from Dover, Ohio, and Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School. He is in his third season with the football team and is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
  • Aaron Mawhirter is a senior health and nutrition major from Sandusky, Ohio, and Perkins High School. He is an OSU Scholar-Athlete and is a four-year member of the team. He was a huge part of the Buckeyes’ win over No. 14 Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., long snapping in a game for the first time in his career and executing 12 flawless snaps in what ultimately was a critical victory for the Buckeyes.
  • Junior kicker Sean Nuernberger is Academic All-Big Ten for a second time. The information systems major is from Buckner, Ky., and Oldham County High School. He holds the OSU record with 106 consecutive extra points and is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
  • Aaron Parry is a senior offensive lineman who is Academic All-Big Ten for a second time. The Zanesville, Ohio, and Bishop Rosecrans High School product has played in 23 of 25 games the last two seasons, including all 12 games this year. He is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete majoring in biology.