Mike Anello

Mike Anello Earns Second-Team Academic All-America Honors

Nov. 24, 2009

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – ­ Notre Dame senior special teams stalwart Mike Anello has been named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Football Team, it was announced Tuesday. Anello earned second-team accolades for the second consecutive year.

Anello (Orland Park, Ill.) gives the Irish football program 53 academic All-American honorees in program history, which ranks second best in the nation. He is the eighth player in Notre Dame football history to be selected on more than one occasion. The Irish have had 38 first-team selections, 14 second-team honorees and one honorable mention choice.

This academic year, Notre Dame has already had three student-athletes garner Academic All-America accolades. The Irish rank second all-time with 213 Academic All-Americans since the program’s inception in 1952. What’s more, 87 Notre Dame student-athletes have earned the Academic All-America distinction during the past decade, tops among any school in the country.

Anello, who graduated in 3.5 years and currently takes graduate level courses, earned a degree from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in finance. He finished his undergraduate work with a 3.93 cumulative grade point average (GPA). Anello earned dean’s list recognition in each of his seven semesters at Notre Dame. He registered a perfect 4.0 GPA in his major courses and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honors society.

Anello leads the Irish in punt return tackles (one), ranks tied for fourth in total special teams tackles (eight) and tied for fifth in kickoff return tackles (seven) this season.

Anello was also named one of 10 finalists for the Awards and Recognition Association (ARA) Sportsmanship Award. The ARA Sportsmanship Award is presented annually to an NCAA Division I college football player who exemplifies sportsmanship both on and off the field. The selection of the winner is made by a blue-ribbon panel comprised of retired coaches, ARA executives and members of the media who cover college sports.

Voting for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team was conducted by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Committee. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings 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 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

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For more information about the Academic All-America Teams program, please visit the official CoSIDA web site at cosida.com, and for more on Notre Dame’s Academic All-America success, please visit the UND.com Academic All-Americans Page.

The Irish return to the gridiron this weekend at rival Stanford. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:12 ET on ABC.

First Team
Pos. Name School Dist. Cl. Hometown GPA Major
QB Tim Tebow * # Florida III Sr. Jacksonville, Fla. 3.66 Family, Youth & Comm. Sci.
RB Andre Anderson Tulane VI Sr. Stone Mountain,Ga. 3.50 Computer Info. Systems
RB Kyle Minett * South Dakota State VII Jr. Ruthton, Minn. 3.60 Economics
WR Zeke Markshausen Northwestern V Gr. Capron, Ill. 3.46 Mech. Eng /Design & Innov.
WR Blair White Michigan State IV Sr. Saginaw, Mich. 3.89 Human Biology
TE Colin Peek Alabama IV Sr. Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 3.79 Finance
OL Andrew Jackson Fresno State VIII Jr. Grass Valley, Cal. 3.92 Business Admin. Mgmt.
OL Jim McKenzie Syracuse I Sr. Springfield, Pa. 3.89 Biochemistry
OL Andrew Pitz Penn State II Gr. Bettendorf, Iowa 3.93 Journalism/Telecomm.
OL Adam Ulatoski Texas VI Gr. Southlake, Tex. 3.53 Corp. Comm.; Advertising
OL Stefen Wisniewski ** Penn State II Jr. Bridgeville, Pa. 3.89 Secondary Education
PK Brandon Hellevang North Dakota VII Gr. Fargo, N.D. 3.89 Business Administration
DL Sam Acho Texas VI Jr. Dallas, Tex. 3.62 Honors Business
DL Jacob Kragt Eastern Washington VIII Sr. Ritzville, Wash. 3.88 Biology
DL Adam Rundh ** Valparaiso V Sr. Aalborg, Denmark 3.94 Intern. Business & Finance
DL Brandon Wingeier * Dayton IV Sr. Newark, Ohio 3.78 Mechanical Engineering
LB Josh Hull * Penn State II Sr. Millheim, Pa. 3.56 Environmental Sys.Engineering
LB Josh Mahoney ** Northern Iowa VII Sr. Sioux Falls, S.D. 4.00 English & Economics
LB Mike Nixon Arizona State VIII Sr. Phoenix, Ariz. 4.00 Political Science
DB Josh Cain Jacksonville State IV Gr. Wetumpka, Ala. 3.89 Computer Science
DB Beau Hadley * Weber State VIII Sr. Taylor, Utah 4.00 Technical Sales
DB Scott Johnson Brigham Young VIII Sr. Southlake, Tex. 3.82 Exercise Science
DB Chris Rocco Liberty III Sr. Forest, Va. 3.98 Kinesiology
P Zoltan Mesko Michigan IV Gr. Twinsburg, Ohio 3.65 Business Admin. (Mktg./Finance)
Second Team
Pos. Name School Dist. Cl. Hometown GPA Major
QB Tim Hiller Western Michigan IV Gr. Orrville, Ohio 4.00 Business & Marketing (MBA)
RB Chris Ganious South Dakota VII So. Houston, Texas 3.81 Psychology
RB Jacquise Terry Kent State IV So. Phenix City, Ala. 3.81 Aeronautics
WR Rocky Ross Central Florida III Gr. Jacksonville, Fla. 3.88 Sports & Fitness (Grad Level)
WR Ryan Whalen Stanford VIII Jr. Alamo, Cal. 3.43 Science Technology & Society
TE Jeron Mastrud ** Kansas State VII Sr. Beaverton, Ore. 3.81 Management
OL Taylor Askew Tennessee Tech IV Jr. Knoxville, Tenn. 4.00 Political Science
OL Zane Beadles Utah VIII Sr. Sandy, Utah 3.54 Mechanical Engineering
OL John Dowd U.S. Naval Academy II So. Staten Island, N.Y. 3.95 Mechanical Engineering
OL Mitch Enright Southern Methodist VI Gr. Southlake, Texas 3.90 Management; Mktg. & Leadership
OL Paul Jasinowski Brown I Sr. Washington, D.C. 3.70 Economics & Urban Studies
OL Barrett Jones Alabama IV So. Memphis, Tenn. 4.00 Management
K Stefan Demos Northwestern V Jr. Scottsdale, Ariz. 3.49 Communication Studies
DL Grant Hunter Butler V Jr. Liberty Twp., Ohio 3.62 Secondary Education
DL Ryan Kerrigan Purdue V Jr. Muncie, Ind. 3.38 Math Education
DL Dan Millington Indiana State V Sr. Terre Haute, Ind. 3.91 Exercise Science
DL Nick Nolte North Dakota VII Gr. Janesville, Wis. 4.00 Forensic Science
LB Matthew Bauman Brigham Young VIII Sr. Salt Lake City, Utah 3.91 Finance
LB Joe Pawelek ** Baylor VI Sr. San Antonio, Tex. 3.71 Finance/Economics
LB Reed Williams West Virginia II Sr. Moorefield, W. Va. 3.86 Finance/Marketing
DB Mike Anello Notre Dame V Gr. Orland Park, Ill. 3.93 Finance
DB Conrad Kjerstad South Dakota State VII Jr. Wall, S.D. 3.93 Agricultural Business
DB Mike McElroy Southern Illinois V Jr. Lowell, Mich. 3.73 Health Education
DB Chima Nwachukwu Washington State VIII Jr. Allen, Texas 3.79 Political Science
P Robert Malone Fresno State VIII Sr. Riverside, Cal. 3.51 Kinesiology

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