All-Academic team: Good news and bad
Seven USF football players were named to the Big East All-Academic team on Tuesday, including repeat honorees in receivers S.J. Green and Marcus Edwards. Cornerback Ryan Gilliam also was honored, as were four current or former walk-ons: quarterback Anthony Severino, running back Mike Padilla, receiver Colby Erskin and long-snapper Eric Setser. To be honored, an athlete must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average through a minimum of two semesters and earn a letter during their sport season.
Here's the less-positive spin: only one Big East football team had fewer All-Academic honors than USF. West Virginia led the way with 18 players honored, following by Cincinnati (15), Louisville (12) and Pittsburgh (8). Three schools -- USF, Rutgers and Syracuse -- had seven each, and Connecticut has the dubious distinction of the low total with just six. Glass-half-full guy says the Bulls were one kid out of a tie for fourth place, I suppose.
Maybe it's me, but if you've got as many as 110 players on a roster, even with the rigors of balancing football and academics, the real news is that ONLY EIGHTY players in all of the Big East could pull off a 3.0 cumulative GPA while lettering. We'll pardon the true freshmen, since they've only been on campus a semester and aren't eligible, but for everybody else, you're talking about maybe 7 out of 8 football players not getting a 3.0.
Then again, I suppose I should congratulate USF for improving its All-Academic total from five players last year to seven. Again, Connecticut was the only school with fewer honorees last season (four) ... It's also an improvement for the league as a whole, as 71 players made the All-Academic team last year. West Virginia (20 to 18) and Syracuse (10 to 7) were the only schools with fewer selections this year.
Thoughts, deep or otherwise?