Seven Bulls earn Big East academic honors
The Big East released its football All-Academic honors on Thursday, and it's a strange thing when a conference can celebrate roughly 10 percent of its football players garnering a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average or higher.
Seven Bulls made the list, including three former or current walk-ons. Two seniors -- quarterback Anthony Severino and cornerback Ryan Gilliam -- were honored, as well as junior receiver Marcus Edwards. Two sophomores -- long-snapper Eric Setser and kicker/punter Delbert Alvarado -- made the list, as well as redshirt freshman tackle Jacob Sims and freshman running back Mike Ford.
Congrats to them for representing USF among 82 Big East football players honored, especially Edwards, who has now been honored three years in a row. Severino and Setser were both honored on last year's team, which also had seven Bulls honored. USF had five make the honor roll after the 2005 season, its first in the Big East.
Seven, as you may guess, isn't a particularly high number -- only Cincinnati (6) and Connecticut (5) had fewer. West Virginia set the standard for the league with 19 players honored, and I'm impressed to see 11 different majors among their players, though three of them (honest) are Coaching, Athletic Coaching, and Athletic Coaching Education (three kids on the last one). Syracuse had 13 kids honored, Rutgers 12, Louisville 11 and Pittsburgh 9.