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WVU Places 27 on Academic All-Star Team

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The WVU football team proved that it not only got the job done on the field this past season, but also in the classroom.

On Thursday, the Big East Conference released its list of Football Academic All-Stars and of the 182 total student-athletes nominated, West Virginia had 27 on the list.

Only Syracuse had more representation on the team than the Mountaineers with 28 players receiving the honor.

In order to be nominated, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade-point index of at least 3.0 and complete a minimum of two semesters of academic work.

Of the Mountaineers on the list, eight are seniors, five are juniors and another 14 are sophomores.

The honor of Big East Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year went to Cincinnati linebacker J.K. Schaffer, who will receive a $2,000 scholarship for his 3.7 GPA as well as his on-field accomplishments.

West Virginia's last Scholar-Athlete of the Year was linebacker Reed Williams, who accomplished that feat in 2009. Before Williams, WVU offensive lineman Garin Justice (2005) and linebacker Jay Henry (2006) also won the award.

The 182 players nominated for the All-Star team are the most in Big East history.

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