Twenty-six football players named Academic All-Big Ten

Indiana had 26 football players and numerous more in other sports named to the All-Big Ten. A PDF of the entire Academic All-Big Ten team is linked below followed by the football release.

Fall 2013 Academic All-Big Ten List


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A program record 26 Indiana football student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, the conference announced on Wednesday morning.


Along with 24 honorees in 2011 and 22 in 2012, the Hoosiers set a three-year school mark with 72 award winners under head coach Kevin Wilson. Additionally, Wilson has mentored two of the program’s nine Academic All-Americans, Adam Replogle (2012) and Mark Murphy (2013).

Student-athletes must be in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a grade point average of 3.0 or better to be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection.

IU’s honorees are listed below:

Pete Bachman (third recognition), Jacob Bailey (first), Andre Booker (first), Cameron Coffman (first), Anthony Corsaro (first), Griffen Dahlstrom (fourth), Christian Englum (first), Mitch Ewald (fourth), Greg Heban (fourth), Shawn Heffern (first), Michael Hunter (first), Bill Ivan (third), David Kaminski (first), Kyle Kennedy (second), Nick Mangieri (first), Jake Michalek (third), Mark Murphy (second), Paul Phillips (second), Ryan Phillis (third), Jake Reed (first), Mike Replogle (second), Nick Stoner (second), Nate Sudfeld (first), Alex Todd (first), Erich Toth (second) and Jake Zupancic (third).


  1. This is awesome.

    Indiana has a long tradition of high academic standards for athletes. I love the original story, as it is probably the only good things that came of Lee Corso’s tenure at IU. In 1974, he hired Elizabeth Kurpius (Coach Buzz), not as an academic advisor, but as an actual assistent coach.

    So, Coach Knight may have had high standards for his players, but someone on the ground has to do the work. Coach Buzz institutionalized this standard for Indiana. She’s one of the unsung heros of our great program.

    And to think that Sampson almost single-handedly undid 30 years of her work.

  2. The players and the entire IU Football Program are to be congratulated for this excellent work in the classroom!

  3. We can’t tackle or cover a pass route, but we’re good in the classroom! That’s saying something at least.

    Seriously, that is something to be proud of, but I wonder if there is an inverse relationship between the number of Academic All Conference players on a team and the number of wins that team achieves. I’m guessing that for most college football programs, their is.

    As for Corso, you forget that he was the first IU coach to win a Bowl game. IU over BYU, which I believe was ranked fifth in the country at the time the game was played.

  4. Po, I suggest you ask Stanford, ND and GTech. It all has to do with how serious the institution and athletic department take the meaning student/athlete.

  5. Yes HC, that’s why I wrote “most.” There are always exceptions and outliers in any large group.

    I’m proud that IU has a lot of very good students athletes and that our Athletic Department is serious about academic performance. As a state school, instead of the private schools you mentioned, maybe our student athlete’s academic performance makes IU an exception too. But my guess is that the vast majority of the schools with the best football teams don’t have a lot of Academic All-Conference on their teams.

  6. Podunker,
    The list of the entire All-Big Ten All-Academic team is attached at the top there. Wisconsin has 25 guys on the list as does Penn State. Michigan State seems to have right about 20, but that includes a lot of key guys (Jack Allen, Max Bullough, Connor Cook). Ohio State is at I think about 19 so they’re not exactly the standard-bearers there, but point being, it’s not like it’s a directly inverse relationship. There are teams who are at the top of the conference who have as many all-academic guys as Indiana.. The qualifications are also pretty basic. It’s not like you have to even get playing time or that you have to have a 4.0 to make it. There are well over 200 guys on the Academic All-Big Ten team for football.
    It’s also easy to put jocks in a box. They’re not all dumb, and there isn’t an inverse relationship between athletic talent and intelligence. It is difficult to put together a team of 100-some guys who are all really smart, but it’s also difficult to put together a group of 85 college age males for any endeavor that doesn’t include at least a handful of knuckleheads. Every school is taking in at least a few guys who wouldn’t otherwise qualify if they weren’t playing football and Indiana is no exception. But I’d say every team also has a few dozen guys that they never had to worry about. I think every school has a few dozen guys it can point to as evidence that it’s doing it right and a few dozen more that other people can point to as evidence that they’re doing it wrong. Really, for most schools it’s somewhere in between.

  7. Po, The word “most” is what enticed me to jump into the thread. There are dozens of D1’s that posture for academic achievement as well as athletic.

  8. DD, on that note, have you heard any recent news about the incoming freshman from the 2013 class that didn’t qualify academically? I think you mentioned that some of them were on a probationary program or something of those sorts.

  9. Hey, I did not mean to imply that football players are dumb. It’s just that playing college football is a full time job, and it takes a lot of time away from studying. One of my roommates at IU was a two-year starter on IU’s football team. He was majoring in Accounting and graduated in four years with good grades. Given the time and energy football demanded, I don’t know how he did it. He was clearly bright, hard working and very disciplined. Ironically, he was drafted into the NFL, played four years and never used his Accounting degree after he was through with pro football.

    It’s good to know that many Big Ten players are achieving in the classroom as well as on the field.

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