Four Penn State players named Academic All-District

Penn State guard John Urschel graduated last May with a 4.0 grade-point average. (Handout photo)

Penn State has had four players -- guard John Urschel, defensive ends Pete Massaro and Brad Bars and linebacker Ben Kline -- selected to the Capital One Academic All-District football team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

All four players are eligible for consideration to the Academic All-America team. Massaro, a senior who starred at Marple Newtown High School in Delaware County, made the 2010 Academic All-America team.

Urschel, a junior in eligibility, graduated last May with a 4.0 grade-point average in math and is working toward a master's degree. Massaro graduated last December with a 3.85 GPA in finance and is on schedule to earn an economics degree next month.

Bars, a junior, carries a 3.84 GPA in finance while Kline, a sophomore, has a 3.92 GPA in the Smeal College of Business.

With four honorees, Penn State matched Duke, Nebraska and Northern Illinois for the most among all FBS schools. The Nittany Lions have had one first-team Academic All-American in seven of the last eight seasons.

--Joe Juliano