Dec. 3, 2015


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior Jacoby Boren and first-year graduate student Jack Willoughby have been named today to the Academic All-America first-team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Boren is a repeat Academic All-American, as he was named to the second team last year. The pair of honors increase Ohio State’s Academic All-America honor roll to 51 honorees with 28 first-team selections.

Boren, from Pickerington, Ohio and Pickerington Central High School, carries a 3.83 grade point average and majors in sustainable plant systems.

Willoughby, who transferred to Ohio State after graduating magna cum laude and with high honors (3.90 GPA) from Duke University with degrees in economics and statistics, is currently pursuing a master’s from Ohio State in agricultural environmental and development economics. He attended Lawrenceville High School in Princeton, N.J., before enrolling at Duke, where he played in 32 games for the Blue Devils and starred academically by earning an Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship and being named one of the school’s 14 merit scholars from a 29,000-plus Duke applicant pool.

Boren has now achieved two of the highest academic honors a football student-athlete can receive, as he previously has been named a 2015 National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete and a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments, which recognizes the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Boren is the 21st NFF Scholar-Athlete in Ohio State history, a total that ranks second nationally to the 22 scholar-athletes from Nebraska.

Boren is a two-time Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete. He has played in 43 games for the Buckeyes and has started 27 consecutive games at center. He was named third-team all-Big Ten this week by the league’s coaches and voting media.

Willoughby handled all of the kicking responsibilities for the Buckeyes for the first nine games of the season. Despite never attempting a field goal until this year, Willoughby is 7-of-11 in that department plus has made a Big Ten-best 45-of-45 extra points.

Ohio State’s Academic All-Americans

2015 Jacoby Boren* – OC
2015 Jack Willoughby* – K
2014 Jacoby Boren – OC
2008 Brian Robiskie* – FL
2007 Brian Robiskie* – FL
2006 Anthony Gonzalez* – SE
2006 Stan White, Jr.* – FB
2006 James Laurinaitis – LB
2003 Craig Krenzel* – QB
2002 Ben Hartsock – TE
2002 Craig Krenzel – QB
1999 Ahmed Plummer* – CB
1996 Greg Bellisari* – LB
1995 Greg Bellisari* – LB
1992 Len Hartman* – OG
1992 Greg Smith* – NG
1990 Greg Smith – DL
1989 Joe Staysniak* – OT
1988 Joe Staysniak – OT
1985 Mike Lanese* – FL
1984 Dave Crecelius* – DT
1984 Mike Lanese* – FL
1984 Anthony Tiuliani – DL
1983 John Frank – TE
1983 Dave Crecelius – DT
1982 Joe Smith* – OT
1982 John Frank* – TE
1981 John Frank – TE
1980 Marcus Marek – LB
1977 Jeff Logan* – RB
1977 Ted Librizzi – DT
1976 Pete Johnson* – FB
1976 Bill Lukens* – OG
1975 Brian Baschnagel* – RB
1975 Pat Curto – DE
1975 Kenneth Kuhn – LB
1975 Bill Lukens – OG
1975 Chris Ward – OT
1974 Brian Baschnagel* – RB
1973 Randy Gradishar*# – LB
1971 Rick Simon* – OT
1970 Rex Kern – QB
1969 Bill Urbanik – DT
1968 Dave Foley – OT
1968 Mark Stier – LB
1966 Dave Foley* – OT
1965 Bill Ridder – MG
1961 Tom Perdue – E
1958 Bob White* – FB
1954 Dick Hilinski – T
1952 John Borton* – QB

*First-Team; #Academic All-America Hall of Fame (1992)