Cassidy named first-team All-America

Nebraska junior safety Austin Cassidy has been named a 2010 ESPN Academic All-America Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The honor continues Nebraska's nation-leading tradition of producing academic All-Americans.

Cassidy was one of 25 first-team selections in the University Division, and one of just four defensive backs honored nationally. A psychology major, Cassidy carries a 3.88 cumulative grade-point average. 

The Lincoln Southwest graduate becomes Nebraska's 69th all-time first-team academic All-American, and the Huskers' first since Kurt Mann and Dane Todd were honored in 2005. Cassidy's honor gives Nebraska a nation-leading 103 ESPN Academic All-Americans in football when including second- and third-team choices. As an athletic department, Nebraska has a nation-best 279 academic All-Americans across all teams and all sports. 

In addition to the first-team academic All-America selection, Cassidy has received numerous academic honors throughout his career. He is a two-time ESPN  Academic All-District VII selection and a two-time first-team academic All-Big 12 honoree. He has also been named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll each of the first six semesters of his college career. 

On the field, Cassidy has moved into a starting role with the Huskers over the past month. He has 36 tackles this season, and also had a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown at Iowa State. Cassidy has been one of Nebraska's special teams leaders each of the past two seasons. 

Cassidy originally joined the Nebraska program as a walk-on before being awarded a scholarship prior to the 2010 season. 

Cassidy is one of three first-team members from the Big 12 Conference, joining Texas defensive end Sam Acho and Texas A&M linebacker Michael Hodges.

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