Pete Massaro, John Urschel grade out as Penn State All-Americans

Defensive end Pete Massaro and guard John Urschel helped the Nittany Lions finish tops in the nation in the classroom. 
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Massaro, a senior, and Urschel, a junior, are the Lions’ 50th and 51st first-team Academic All-Americans, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America. 
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Penn State and Notre Dame are the only Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) or Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) schools with two first-team Academic All-Americans. 
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Penn State’s 51 all-time football Academic All-Americans ranks third nationally among the 120 FBS institutions. The Lions’ 17 All-Americans over the past seven seasons leads the nation. 

Bill O’Brien’s team was tied for tops nationally with Notre Dame with two first-team Academic All-Americans — Pete Massaro and John Urschel.


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Massaro becomes the 10th Lion in school history to become a two-time first-team selection. He graduated in December 2011 with a 3.85 grade-point average in finance and is on schedule to earn a second degree in economics this month. 
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“It’s an awesome feeling,” Massaro said in a prepared statement. “I actually had this date circled on my calendar. This is one of the things you work for when you are a college student-athlete.” 
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Urschel earned his first Academic All-America selection to go with two all-district accolades. He graduated in three years with a 4.0 grade-point average in mathematics and is on schedule to earn a master’s degree in math in May. 
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The 2012 first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches served as the student marshal for the Penn State math graduates at the this past spring’s commencement. 
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The math research student recently had his first paper accepted for publication, titled, “Instabilities in the Sun-Jupiter-Asteroid Three Body Problem.” It has been accepted by the journal, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy. 
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Massaro and Urschel were joined on the Academic All-District team by teammates defensive end Brad Bars and Dallastown linebacker Ben Kline. 
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