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All-Big Ten Guard Urschel, Kline among Academic All-District selections.
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - Penn State student-athletes Ben Kline (Seven Valleys) and John Urschel (Williamsville, N.Y.) have been selected to the Capital One Academic All-District® Football Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). They will be eligible for consideration for the Academic All-America® Team.
 
A senior, Urschel was a 2012 first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American® and earns Academic All-District® accolades for the third consecutive year. Kline, a redshirt sophomore, earns his second consecutive Academic All-District® selection.
 
Urschel will have an opportunity to become the 11th Nittany Lion to earn first team Academic All-America® honors twice. He is among the eight Nittany Lions who have already earned their degrees. A starter in all 20 games the past two seasons for Coach Bill O’Brien’s Nittany Lions, Urschel graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average in math, earned his master’s degree in math in one year, and is working on a second master’s, in math education.
 
A 2012 first-team All-Big Ten guard, Urschel recently was named a prestigious National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, earning $18,000 for post-graduate studies. In addition to being among the finalists for the NFF’s William V. Campbell Trophy, Urschel also is among 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.
 
A linebacker, Kline owns a 3.90 GPA as a finance major in the Smeal College of Business. He made his first career start in last week’s win over Illinois and recorded a career-best eight tackles. Kline has been slowed by a shoulder injury this season, but has 14 tackles, with 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack in his five games.
 
Another of Penn State’s 2012 Academic All-District® selections, defensive end Brad Bars, has not played this season due to an achilles tendon injury and was not eligible to be nominated for Academic All-America® consideration this year. A junior, he has a 3.78 GPA in finance.
 
Penn State has led, or been tied for first, in first-team Academic All-America® selections among FBS institutions in four of the past five years. The Nittany Lions’ 17 Academic All-Americans® since 2006 (15 first-team) leads the nation. The Penn State football team has had a least one first-team Academic All-American® in nine of the past 11 years (17 overall selections).
 
Penn State has had 51 Academic All-Americans® all-time to rank No. 3 in the nation among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs.

--Penn State Athletic Communications
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