Huskers Lead Big 12 in Academic Honorees

Nebraska placed a conference-leading 22 players on the Academic All-Big 12 Football Team announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon.

Nebraska had 15 players named to the first team, with another seven Huskers earning second-team All-Big 12 honors. Leading the way for Nebraska was junior fullback Dane Todd, who was one of two players honored for having a cumulative 4.0 grade-point average.

Todd is one of six Huskers who were named first-team Academic All-Big 12 for the second time in their careers. Also named to the first team for the second time were senior offensive guard Brandon Koch, junior center Kurt Mann, sophomore tight end J.B. Phillips, junior defensive back Brandon Rigoni and junior defensive back Andrew Shanle. Koch is the lone Husker to have earned academic all-conference accolades three times, as he was a first-team selection in 2003 and a second-team honoree in 2004.

Players being named first-team Academic All-Big 12 for the first time were sophomore linebacker Lance Brandenburgh, senior defensive tackle Chris Bryant, sophomore cornerback Cortney Grixby, senior linebacker Adam Ickes, redshirt freshman receiver Todd Peterson, senior defensive back Joey Robison, senior safety Mike Stuntz, redshirt freshman receiver Nate Swift and senior safety Blake Tiedtke.

A full list of Nebraska's honorees is below and the Big 12 release is attached.

First-Team (3.20 GPA or higher; * 4.0 GPA)

Name                           Year     Major                                       Hometown

Lance Brandenburgh      So.       Undecided                                 Overland Park, Kan.

Chris Bryant                  Sr.        Business Education                   Aurora, Colo.

Cortney Grixby              So.       Business Administration             Omaha, Neb.

Adam Ickes                   Sr.        Business Administration             Page, Neb.

Brandon Koch                Sr.        Social Science Education           Gothenburg, Neb.

Kurt Mann                     Jr.         Mechanized Systems Mgmt.      Grand Island, Neb.

Todd Peterson               RFr.      Nutritional Science & Dietetics    Grand Island, Neb.

J.B. Phillips                   So.       Marketing                                  Colleyville, Texas

Brandon Rigoni              Jr.         Psychology                               Lincoln, Neb.

Joey Robison                 Sr.        Mechanized Systems Mgmt.      Bertrand, Neb.

Andrew Shanle              Jr.         Family & Consumer Science Ed. St. Edward, Neb.

Mike Stuntz                   Sr.        Professional Golf Management    Council Bluffs, Iowa

Nate Swift                     RFr.      Undecided                                 Hutchinson, Minn.

Blake Tiedtke                Sr.        Exercise Science                       Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Dane Todd*                   Jr.         Biological Sciences                    Lincoln, Neb.


Second-Team (3.0 – 3.19 GPA)

Name                           Year     Major                                       Hometown

Greg Austin                   Jr.         Management                             Cypress, Texas

Seppo Evwaraye            Sr.        Communications                        Laurel, Neb.

Tyler Fisher                   Sr.        Exercise Science                       Grand Island, Neb.

Jared Helming                Sr.        Management                             Springfield, Mo.

Sam Koch                     Sr.        Business Administration             Seward, Neb.

Gary Pike                      Sr.        Physics                                    Pueblo, Colo.

Clayton Sievers              So.       Communication Studies              Elkhorn, Neb.

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