Saturday, August 29, 2015

Four Penn State players named Academic All-District

Guard John Urschel, defensive ends Pete Massaro and Brad Bars and linebacker Ben Kline have been selected to the Academic All-District team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Four Penn State players named Academic All-District

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

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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

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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