Dec. 4, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame sophomore wide receiver Corey Robinson has earned the distinction of being named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-AmericaÂ® Division I Football Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Robinson (San Antonio, Texas/San Antonio Christian) is the first sophomore at an NCAA Division I institution to earn first-team Academic All-America honors since 2008. He also is just the fourth sophomore to attain first-team status since 2002, joining Pittsburgh defensive lineman Vince Crochunis (2002), Florida quarterback Tim Tebow (2007) and South Dakota State running back Kyle Minett (2008).
Robinson is the second Irish sophomore football player to earn first-team Academic All-America status and the first since Joe Heap in 1952. Heap remains the only player in program history, and one of three in University history, to be a three-time first-team Academic All-America selection.
Robinson becomes the third Notre Dame student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors this fall. Last month, Irish men’s soccer players Patrick Hodan and Luke Mishu garnered first-team and third-team Academic All-America recognition, respectively.
Robinson, a liberal studies major, boasts a 3.83 cumulative grade-point average in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. He’s been named to the dean’s list following each of his four semesters on campus.
Robinson finished the ’14 regular season with 40 receptions for 539 yards and five touchdown catches – second best on the Irish in all three categories. He played in all 12 regular-season games and started twice (vs. Michigan and vs. Syracuse).
Robinson registered (at the time) career bests of eight receptions, 91 yards and one touchdown in the 31-15 victory over Syracuse on Sept. 27 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Robinson also had four catches in the 17-14 win against No. 14 Stanford on Oct. 4 at Notre Dame Stadium, with all four receptions coming on the final two drives of the game with the Irish either tied or trailing, and three of those catches resulted in a first down.
Robinson shined at No. 2 Florida State on Oct. 18 with eight receptions for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Both of his touchdown catches against the Seminoles came in the first half to punctuate his first career multiple-touchdown game.
Robinson not only excels on the gridiron and in the classroom, but he also devotes significant time to numerous service groups within the Notre Dame community. Robinson, who serves on the Irish football team’s unity council, is a member of the University’s Student Government Executive Cabinet, and participates on both the athletic department’s Christian Athletes Advisory Council and with its Rosenthal Leadership Academy. He also is the chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council’s IrishOn3 initiative.
Notre Dame has produced 241 Academic All-America selections since that program debuted 62 years ago, ranking second all-time to the University of Nebraska in overall Academic All-America honorees. The Irish also have fielded 59 Academic All-America recipients in football, ranking third all-time.
To be eligible for Capital One Academic All-AmericaÂ® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic status at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 student-athletes in Division I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
Today’s announcement further signifies that Irish student-athletes are succeeding in the classroom. The football program won the 2014 American Football Coaches Association Academic Achievement Award. The Irish shared the 2014 award with Duke University, Northwestern University and Stanford University–with all four institutions recording a 100 percent graduation rate for members of its freshman football student-athlete class of 2007.
The AFCA award for Notre Dame follows the October announcement of GSR numbers in which Notre Dame ranked first among all NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision institutions with its 99 graduation rate for all student-athletes entering between 2004 and 2007. In those same rankings, Notre Dame also stood first among male student-athletes (98), female student-athletes (100) and black student-athletes (96). Twenty of Notre Dame’s 22 individual athletics programs produced GSR scores of 100.