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Gopher Football is 2nd in Big Ten With 31 Named to Academic All-Big Ten

Leon Halip

31 Gopher football players earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. This was the 2nd most in the Big Ten and is an increase of 13 players from a year ago.

  • Michael Amaefula – So., Undeclared, Arlington, Tex.
  • Joey Balthazor – Sr., Economics, Hartland, Wis.
  • Brendan Beal – Gr., Graduate Studies, Bangor, Pa.
  • Alex Bisch – Sr., Kinesiology, Northfield, Minn.
  • Joe Bjorklund – So., Undeclared, Rosemount, Minn.
  • Cameron Botticelli – Jr., Political Science, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Foster Bush – Jr., Undeclared, Menasha, Wis.
  • Jon Christenson – Jr., Biochemistry, Minnetonka, Minn.
  • Theiren Cockran – So., Pre Computer Science, Homestead, Fla.
  • Keanon Cooper – Gr., Applied Kinesiology, Dallas, Texas
  • Devin Crawford–Tufts – So., Undeclared, Edina, Minn.
  • Derrick Engel – Jr., Business and Marketing Education, Chaska, Minn.
  • Jake Filkins – Sr., Kinesiology, Prescott, Wis.
  • Drew Goodger – So., Undeclared, Shawnee Mission, Kan.
  • Ryan Grant – Gr., Applied Kinesiology, Eden Prairie, Minn.
  • Mike Henry – Sr., Business and Marketing Education, Mahtomedi, Minn.
  • Aaron Hill – Sr., Kinesiology, St. Charles, Mo.
  • Marcus Jones – So., Undeclared, Wake Forest, N.C.
  • Grayson Levine – So., Undeclared, Eden Prairie, Minn.
  • Jephte Matilus – So., Communication Studies, Delray Beach, Fla.
  • Steven Montgomery – So., Undeclared, Miramar, Fla.
  • Peter Mortell – So., Marketing, Green Bay, Wis.
  • Ed Olson – Sr., Business and Marketing Education, Mahtomedi, Minn.
  • Tommy Olson – So., Communication Studies, Mahtomedi, Minn.
  • John Rabe – Sr., Business & Marketing Education, Iowa Falls, Iowa
  • Mike Rallis – Sr., Marketing, Edina, Minn.
  • David Schwerman – Sr., Accounting, Kettle Moraine, Wis.
  • Max Shortell – So., Undeclared, Shawnee Mission, Kan.
  • Cedric Thompson – So., Undeclared, Calipatria, Calif.
  • Brock Vereen – So., Communication Studies, Valencia, Calif.
  • Jordan Wettstein – Sr., Accounting, DePere, Wis.

Overall the Gopher athletic program had 70 All-Big Ten selections from their Fall sports. The full list of athletes can be found HERE. Particularly the football program putting 31 on this list is impressive and an example of how the entire football program is undergoing a culture change. We'd love to see more and more wins along with academic success that is preparing the student athletes both athletically and for life after football. Congrats to all of the athletes who earned this distinction.