Markshausen, Demos honored

On the heels of breakout seasons, receiver Zeke Markshausen and kicker/punter Stefan Demos have been named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans. Read more about this pair of seniors and what it takes to get named to the prestigious team.

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern University's Zeke Markshausen (Capron, Ill./North Boone) and Stefan Demos (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) have been named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Markshausen was one of two wide receivers named to the University Division (NCAA FBS and FCS teams are eligible) first team, while Demos landed as the second-team place-kicker. It is the seventh time in Northwestern history that the Wildcats have produced multiple Academic All-Americans. (NU last had two players named Academic All-American in 2004 when cornerback Jeff Backes and defensive tackle Luis Castillo were tabbed first-team selections.)

Markshausen, who was named a second-team All-Big Ten selection on Monday by the media, led the Wildcats in receiving with 79 receptions this year. He ranks second among Big Ten players in that category. Markshausen, who joined fellow Big Ten receiver Blair White (Michigan State) as a first-team Academic All-America selection, also contributed 774 receiving yards and three TD's this year. In Saturday's win against Wisconsin, Markshausen also threw a touchdown pass, a 38-yard strike to Sidney Stewart.

Honored as the consensus second-team All-Big Ten place-kicker on Monday (by both coaches and media), Demos had a stellar regular season, booting 18 field goals (23 attempts) and picking up Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors on three occasions. He kicked game-winning field goals in the final seconds versus Eastern Michigan and Indiana. Demos' 18 field goals are just two shy of the school's single-season mark. Demos leads the Wildcats in scoring with 85 points -- that figure ranks ninth on NU's single-season list.

Markshausen graduated in June with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection is now enrolled in graduate school (master's of engineering in design and innovation). Demos is a communication studies major and a business institutions minor.

To be eligible for the award, a player must be in at least his second year of athletic eligibility, be a first-team or key performer and carry a cumulative 3.30 grade point average.

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