Buckman earns Academic All-America Honors

Lincoln – University of Nebraska first baseman Brandon Buckman was honored on Tuesday, as he was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Baseball Team. .........................................

A senior from Monument, Colo., Buckman was named a second-team Academic All-American in national voting. A civil engineering major who carries a 3.48 GPA, Buckman earned first-team All-Big 12 honors this season and enters this weekend's regional hitting .338 with 14 homers and a team-best 51 RBIs. Buckman is third in the Big 12 in homers and ranks among conference leaders in RBIs and slugging percentage. In the classroom, he also earned irst-team academic all-Big 12 honors and was a finalist for UNL Male Student-Athlete of the Year.

Buckman is the 15th Husker baseball player to earn Academic All-America honors and the 10th NU baseball player honored since the 1998 season. With Buckman's selection, he becomes the fifth Husker to earn Academic All-America honors in 2005-06, increasing Nebraska's nation-leading total to 227. 

The Academic All-America teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom.  Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA (the College Sports Information Directors of America), a 2,000 member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada 

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.  Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.  

ESPN The Magazine – winner of the 2003 National Magazine Award for General Excellence – is a provocative and innovative sports publication. Full of insight, analysis, impact and wit, the oversized bi-weekly with a circulation of 1.85 million looks ahead to give fans a unique perspective on the world of sports. 

2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Baseball Team (University Division)

as selected by CoSIDA


First Team

Pos.     Name                        School                     Year  Hometown                    GPA      Major

P          Edward Degerman       Rice                          Sr.    Granada Hills, Calif.        3.37      Economics

P          Ryan Bird                  Saint Louis                 Jr.    Potomac, Ill.                  3.91      Finance

C          Zach Dillon                Baylor                       Gr.    Urbandale, Iowa              3.86      Sport Management

INF       Mike Priest                 Campbell                   Sr.    Vernon Hill, Va.              3.90      Biology / Pre-Medicine

INF       Ryan Mitchell             Lipscomb                   Sr.    Andalusia, Ala.               4.00      Biology

INF       Mike Ambrose            Charlotte                   Sr.    St. Thomas, Ont.            3.92      Psychology

INF       Marc Maddox              Southern Miss            Sr.    Hattiesburg, Miss.           3.79      Business Administration

OF        Phillip Coker               Charleston                 Sr.    Hanahan, S.C.               3.93      Bio-Chemistry

OF        Jacob Stover             Ark.-Little Rock          Sr.    Salt Lake City, Utah       4.0        Health Sciences

OF        Emeel Salem              Alabama                    Jr.    Mountain Brook, Ala.       3.90      Marketing And Spanish

U/DH    Chris Carlson             New Mexico               Jr.    Topeka, Kan.                  3.69      General Management


Second Team

Pos.     Name                        School                     Year  Hometown                    GPA      Major

P          Patrick Currin             UNC-Greensboro        Sr.    Chapel Hill, N.C.            3.72      Exercise and Sports Science

P          Clint Crosier               Indiana                      Sr.    Corydon, Ind.                 3.99      Sport Marketing & Managment

C          Brandon Caipen          Youngstown State       Sr.    Tallmadge, Ohio              3.71      Integrated Social Studies -- Education

INF       Brandon Buckman       Nebraska                   Sr.    Monument, Colo.            3.48      Civil Engineering

INF       Josiah Glafenhein       East Tennessee State Sr.    Knoxville, Tenn.              3.89      Finance

INF       Ryan Rohlinger          Oklahoma                  Sr.    West Bend, Wisc.           3.63      Economics

INF       Steve Maiolo              Duquesne                  Sr.    Pittsburgh, Pa.               3.94      Secondary Education / Citizenship

INF       Andy Hunter              Minnesota                  Gr.    West St. Paul, Minn.       3.7        Finance And Insurance

OF        Drew Stubbs              Texas                        Jr.    Atlanta, Texas                3.62      Management

OF        Collin Cowgill              Kentucky                   So.   Lexington, Ky.                3.92      Communications

OF        Aaron Ivey                Oklahoma                  Jr.    Oklahoma City, Okla.      4.0        Finance

U/DH    Matt McGraw              Maine                        Jr.    Burlington, Ont.              3.64      Business


Third Team

Pos.     Name                        School                     Year  Hometown                    GPA      Major

P          Darren O'Day             Florida                       Sr.    Jacksonville, Fla.           3.54      Animal Biology

P          Matt Dobbins              Jacksonville               So.   Longwood, Fla.               3.74      sociology

C          Mike Armstrong          Mercer                       So.   Evans, Ga.                    3.86      Biomedical Engineering

INF       Matt Capece              Bucknell                    Sr.    Bowie, Md.                     3.68      Civil and Environmental Engineering

INF       Zach Daeges             Creighton                   Sr.    Harlan, Iowa                   3.34      Accounting

INF       Greg Lopez                Notre Dame               Sr.    Upper Arlington, Ohio      3.39      Pre-Professional Studies And Anthropology

OF        Jackson Brennan        Gonzaga                    Gr.    Castle Rock, Colo.         3.64      MBA

OF        Ryan Rizzo                Quinnipiac                  Jr.    East Northport, N.Y.       3.86      Economics

OF        Steven Blackwood      Georgia Tech              Sr.    Roswell, Ga.                  3.51      Biology

U/DH    Jack Nelson               Cincinnati                  Sr.    Wheaton, Ill.                  3.61      Finance



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