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Ducks Place 16 Players Among Pac-12's Academic Elite
Release Date: 11/20/2012
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The University of Oregon demonstrated that achievement in the classroom does not take a back seat to success on the playing field as 16 football players earned berths on one of the Pac-12 Conference’s Academic All-Conference units as released by the conference office Tuesday.

The total number of Oregon players selected to the conference’s academic all-league teams equaled Colorado for the largest number of scholors per school, with the Buffaloes also boasting of 16 academic honorees.

Heading Oregon’s continent was redshirt freshman Koa Ka’ai, who was named to the Pac-12’s Academic All-Conference first team as a tight end. The history major has accumulated a 3.94 grade point average, signifying the highest gpa among any of the conference’s 25 first-team honorees. The Honolulu, Hawaii native played the first seven games of the season at tight end, catching two passes for 18 yards, before shifting to the defensive line for the past two games.

To be eligible for inclusion on the Pac-12 Academic All-Conference team, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum overall gpa of 3.0 and be either a starter or significant contributor.

Named to the league’s second-team academic all-conference contingent were Oregon senior linebacker Mi-chael Clay, junior defensive lineman Taylor Hart and sophomore running back Kenny Bassett.

Receiving honorable mention acclaim were senior placekicker Rob Beard, senior offensive lineman Nick Cody, sophomore wide receiver Eric Dungy, junior offensive lineman Mana Greig, sophomore linebacker Rodney Hardrick, junior wide receiver Daryle Hawkins, redshirt freshman offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Sam Kamp, junior placekicker Alejandro Maldonado, sophomore linebacker Der-rick Malone, redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota, and senior long snapper Jeff Palmer.

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