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Danny Shelton named first-team academic All-America

Post by Christian Caple on Dec. 4, 2014 at 9:15 am with No Comments »
December 4, 2014 9:15 am
University of Washington football player Danny Shelton teaches a Freshman Interest Group class Oct. 15 at Denny Hall on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. (LUI KIT WONG -- Staff photographer)
University of Washington football player Danny Shelton teaches a Freshman Interest Group class Oct. 15 at Denny Hall on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. (LUI KIT WONG — Staff photographer)

Huskies defensive tackle Danny Shelton was named to the Capital One Academic All-America first-team on Thursday, becoming the first UW player to earn first-team honors since offensive lineman Ed Cunningham in 1991.

Shelton is also the only Pac-12 player on the first team.

The senior from Auburn, Wash., holds a 3.54 grade-point average and majors in anthropology. He’s traveled twice to Tahiti through UW’s study abroad program, and served as a first-year interest group (FIG) advisor during fall quarter.

Here’s UW’s release:

Senior defensive lineman Danny Shelton became the first Husky football player named first-team Academic All-America in 23 years when the Capital One Academic All-America Division I football team was announced Thursday. Shelton was among 24 players selected to the first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Shelton boasts a 3.54 grade point average in anthropology. He spent the fall as a First-Year Interest Group (FIG) advisor and has also spent two summers in Tahiti studying colonization and leading football clinics for adults.

On Monday, the Auburn, Wash., native was named to the All-Pac-12 Academic team for a third straight season. Shelton is the only Pac-12 player recognized on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I first team. Stanford defensive lineman Henry Anderson was named to the second team.

Shelton is also a standout on the football field. He was honorable mention All-Pac-12 last season, but upped his game to new heights this year. In 13 games, Shelton is second on the team with 89 total tackles and is second with 16.5 tackles for loss and third with 9.0 sacks. He was named a midseason All-American by ESPN, NFL.com and The Sporting News and earned first-team All-Pac-12 on Tuesday.

Shelton is the 14th Washington player named to the Academic All-America first team since 1955. The last Huskies player named to the first team was offensive lineman Ed Cunningham in 1991.

UW Academic First and Second Team All-Americans:
2014      Danny Shelton, 1st team
1996      Dave Janoski, 2nd team
1994      Eric Bjornson, 2nd team
1991      Ed Cunningham, 1st team
1990      Ed Cunningham, 2nd team
1987      Dave Rill, 1st team
1986      Dave Rill, 1st team
1982      Chuck Nelson, 1st team
1982      Mark Stewart, 2nd team
1981      Mark Jerue, 1st team
1981      Chuck Nelson, 1st team
1979      Bruce Harrell, 1st team
1972      Steve Wiezbowski, 2nd team
1971      Dick Galuska, 2nd team
1970      Bob Lovlien, 2nd team
1967      Don Martin, 2nd team
1966      Mike Ryan, 1st team
1965      Steve Bramwell, 1st team
1965      Ron Medved, 2nd team
1963      Mike Briggs, 1st team
1960      Bob Hivner, 1st team
1959      Mike Crawford, 1st team
1955      Jim Houston, 1st team

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