Nov. 8, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame graduate student Mike Golic Jr. and senior Manti Te’o were named to the Capital One Academic All-District V team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced today.
Golic and Te’o were selected through voting conducted by CoSIDA members in their district. Notre Dame’s district includes colleges and universities in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average, have attained sophomore academic and athletic standing, be a varsity starter or key reserve and be nominated by the sports information director.
Both Golic and Te’o advance to the Capital One Academic All-America national ballot where first- and second-team honorees will be decided later this month.
Golic graduated from the College of Arts and Letters in four years in May 2012 with a degree in film, television and theatre and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.429. He is currently enrolled in the graduate studies program. Golic has started all nine games this year at right guard for the Irish. He has helped the Irish average 200.3 rushing yards per game and put them on pace to average the most rushing yards per game in a season since 2000.
Earlier this year, Golic was selected to the Allstate Good Works Team for being a leader in the local community as well as excelling in the classroom and on the football field. He will be honored for that award during this year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Te’o owns a 3.324 GPA as a design major in the College of Arts and Letters and will graduate this December after three and a half years. He was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team in 2011. Arguably the best defensive player in the nation, Te’o leads the Irish with 87 tackles, five interceptions, nine passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. He has started all nine games for the Irish this year.
The five interceptions by Te’o rank second in the nation and lead all linebackers. The seven takeaways Te’o has forced (five interceptions and two fumble recoveries) ranks third in the Football Bowl Subdivision. He has been named the national defensive player of the week by three different outlets this season and was a consensus midseason All-American.
Te’o was named a National Scholar-Athlete earlier this season by the National Football Foundation. He was selected a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, Bednarik Award, Butkus Award and Lombardi Award.
Notre Dame ranks second all-time with 223 Academic All-Americans since the program’s inception in 1952. Over the past 13 years, 97 Fighting Irish student-athletes have earned Academic All-America distinction, second-most from any school in the country. Notre Dame’s football program has produced 56 Academic All-Americans in its history, third most of any university. Since 2006, seven Fighting Irish football players have received Academic All-America accolades.