Urschel Named HOF Scholar-Athlete

Penn State's Academic All-American guard receives yet another honor for his work in the classroom.

One of the most prestigious honors a collegiate football student-athlete can earn has been bestowed upon Penn State senior John Urschel.  

The 2012 first team All-Big Ten guard and first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American® has been selected one of 16 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes, presented by Fidelity Investments, from across all NCAA and NAIA divisions.  

Urschel will receive an $18,000 scholarship for post-graduate studies. He also is a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, presented to the nation's premier college football Scholar-Athlete, with the winner receiving a total of $25,000 for post-graduate work.  

From Williamsville, N.Y., Urschel is the 17th Nittany Lion to be selected a Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete and follows another standout offensive lineman and first-team Academic All-American®, Stefen Wisniewski (2010), on the distinguished list.  

Penn State is tied for third in the nation (with Notre Dame) with its 17 Scholar-Athlete recipients. Nebraska (22) and Ohio State (20) are the only schools with more honorees than Penn State.  

The 2013 Scholar-Athletes will be honored at the National Football Foundation’s 56th Annual black tie awards dinner on December 10 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

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