Michigan Football All-Academic Big Ten Honorees

Submitted by hvsiii on December 8th, 2011 at 1:36 PM


  • Matt Cavanaugh
  • J.B. Fitzgerald
  • Jareth Glanda
  • Cam Gordon
  • Will Heininger
  • Zac Johnson
  • Jordan Kovacs
  • John McColgan
  • Ricardo Miller
  • Patrick Omameh
  • Craig Roh

Northwestern of course had the most with 31 but Michigan had a pretty good showing on the list with 11.  Congrats Gentlemen.

The PDF attached to the article has a complete list of every school and every fall sport if you are interested.



(names are  not in article, click on PDF at the top)



December 8th, 2011 at 1:54 PM ^

Six of those eleven are walk ons or former walk ons, which is a little high. It's not surprising for those guys, since they had to get into Michigan the hard way anyway.

The cool and interesting thing is that of the five scholarship guys on that list, only one of them is white. I like broken stereotypes.


December 8th, 2011 at 2:04 PM ^

The full list of Michigan honorees can also be found in this mgoblue.com press release.

The press release had some details on the football players; Heininger's achievements seem particularly impressive.

Eleven members of Michigan's Sugar Bowl-bound football team earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, including four starters: fifth-year senior defensive end Will Heininger (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), senior/junior safety Jordan Kovacs (Curtice, Ohio/Clay), senior/junior offensive lineman Patrick Omameh (Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) and junior defensive end Craig Roh (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral). Both Roh and Kovacs were named 2011 All-Big Ten honorable mention by the media panel; it was Kovacs' second such honor and Roh's first. Kovacs was also Michigan's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient this season.

An economics and sports management major, Heininger earned his fourth Academic All-Big Ten award. He is also a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for maintaining at least a 3.7 GPA in a single academic year and was named to the Capital One Academic All-District V first team last month. This marks the second Academic All-Big Ten honor for Omameh, who is a communication and sociology major and has been a starter in the last 28 games dating to 2009.

The release also notes that seven members of the volleyball team—nearly half of the squad—were among the honorees.

Minus The Houma

December 8th, 2011 at 5:24 PM ^

I think that opinion is a bit homeristic.

I think the Huyge arguement earlier in the comments is more important.  The type of classes and the also the individual teachers.

Also, couldn't you say if the students were held to higher standards to be admitted they should be able to perform at the same level in a hard class as some admitted into college with lower scores.  That then puts Northwestern into an interesting position, which from all that I know they really earn that.


December 8th, 2011 at 7:59 PM ^

I had a class with Omameh a few years back and he is definitely a very smart, nice and well-spoken individual and the same applies to the rest of these guys I'm sure. Even though a good amount of them walked on to the team, it's good to know we have a standard regarding character and academic aptitude for the players we recruit, unlike Ohio and the SEC schools (with the exception of Vandy).