USF football puts 20 on Big East All-Academic team
USF football had 20 players named to the Big East's All-Academic Team, which recognizes players who have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 over at least two semesters.
The Bulls' total of 20 players was the second-lowest total among the Big East's eight football schools, one ahead of Connecticut. Cincinnati had the most players honored, with 32. It's the four year in a row USF has increased its honor roll, from eight in 2008 to 13 in 2009, to 16 in 2010, 18 in 2011 and now 20 for the 2012 season.
USF's 20 include nine scholarship players, with the biggest names being running back Lindsey Lamar, quarterback Matt Floyd, tight end Evan Landi, defensive tackle Luke Sager and linebacker Mike Lanaris. Also honored were receiver Alex Mut, defensive end Edsel Caprice, guard Steven Jacques and defensive tackle Demi Thompson.
It's the fourth year in a row for Lanaris and Landi, and the third year for Lamar and Jacques, while Duval and Sager are on the list for the second year in a row. Sager was also honored this week as a Big East Scholar-Athlete, earning a $2,000 scholarship.
More than half the Bulls players honored were walk-ons, most notably long-snapper David Burdetsky, safety Tre Griffin and linebacker Ruben Garcia. The others were Mattias Ciabatti, Mak Djulbegovic, Jordan Duval, Brandon Harris, Colton Hudson, Stefan Konjanovski, Kyle Peck and Grant White.
Here's a full list of all the players honored by the Big East.