USF football puts 13 on Big East academic team
In the past, when we've reported on USF football's representatives on the BIg East all-academic team, the news has been mitigated by the fact that the Bulls had among the fewest players of any conference team.
Not this year, as USF placed 13 players on the academic team, up from a record eight last season. The team honors student-athletes who maintain a 3.0 grade-point average after at least two semesters of college.
Leading the way for USF are two three-team All-Academic honorees, in punter Delbert Alvarado and offensive lineman Jake Sims, with safety Nate Allen and receiver Patrick Richardson also earning repeat honors. The other nine players honored are kickers Maikon Bonani and Eric Schwartz, receivers Colby Erskin and Tyler Stowell, guard Chaz Hine, linebackers Mike Lanaris and Armando Sanchez, quarterback/receiver Evan Landi and running back Joel Miller. Of the 13, six are current or former walk-on players.
No Big East team had more than 16 players on the list, with Connecticut leading the way with 16. The Huskies had just nine last year, making the biggest improvement, with USF next. Rutgers had 15 players, Louisville and Syracuse 14 each, Cincinnati and West Virginia 12 each and Pittsburgh 10.