Academic All Americans





The Draddy Trophy, often referred to as "The Academic Heisman."




I've seen people on message boards saying that most of the Academic AAs at Nebraska were not starting players or that they mainly played on special teams etc.  Thats just not true.  Many of the Academic AAs at NU have also made regular All America teams as players, or all conference, and almost all are starters.  To be considered for the award, student-athletes must be sophomore status or above, maintain a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade-point average, be a team starter or key reserve and be active in the community.  Four Players in the 60s were chosen by groups other than CoSIDA (below)


NU football players have won 2 Draddys, 9 Top 8 Awards,  3 Top Six & 3 Top Five awards (forerunners of Top 8)

 

              First Team Academic All Americans

1953 - Bob Oberlin.............FB


1960 - Don Fricke.................C---Starter    
          Pat Clare................Back-Starter

 

1962 - Jim Huge................End---Starter

 

1963 -  Dennis Claridge........QB---Starter, 2 time All Conference, NFL

1965 - Jim Osberg..............OG---Starter
         Tony Jeter................DE---Starter, 2 time All Conference, All American, NFL

1966 - Marv Mueller............DB---Starter

1969 - Randy Reeves..........DB---Starter

 

1971 - Jeff Kinney..............RB---Starter, All Conference, All American, NFL
          Larry Jacobson.........DT---Starter, All Conference, All American, NFL

 

1973 - Frosty Anderson.......SE---Starter, All Conference

 

1975 - Rik Bonness..............C---Starter, 2 time All Conference , 2 time All American
          Tom Heiser.............WB---Starter (Part Time)

1976 - Vince Ferragamo......QB---Starter, All Conference, All American, NFL
          Ted Harvey.............DB---Starter, Honorable Mention All American

1977 - Ted Harvey

1978 - Jim Pillen................DB---Starter, All Conference 
       - George Andrews.......DT---Starter, All Conference, All American, NFL

1979 - Rod Horn................DT---Starter, 2 time All Conference, NFL
          Kelly Saalfeld...........C---Starter, All Conference, NFL
          Randy Schleusener..OG---Starter, All Conference, All American

1980 - Randy Schleusener
          Jeff Finn................TE---Starter, NFL

1981 - Ric Lindquist..........DB---Starter, All Conference 
          Randy Theiss.........OG---Starter, All Conference 
          Dave Remington......C---Starter, 3 time All Big, 2 time All American, 2 time Outland,Lombardi, NFL

1982 - Dave Remington

1983 - Rob Stuckey...........DT---Starter 
          Scott Strasburger....DE---Starter, All Conference

1984 - Rob Stuckey
          Scott Strasburger
          Mark Traynowicz......C---Starter, 2 Time All Conference, All American, NFL

1986 - Dale Klein.............PK---Starter, All Conference
          Tom Welter...........OG--Starter, All Conference, NFL

1987 - Jeff Jamrog............DE--Starter 
          Mark Blazek...........DB--Starter

1988 - Mark Blazek
          John Kroeker...........P---Starter

1989 - Gerry Gdowski.......QB---Starter, All Conference 
          Jake Young.............C---Starter, 2 Time All Conference, 2 Time All American


1990 - David Edeal............C----Starter
          Pat Tyrance...........LB---Starter, 2 Time All Conference

          Jim Wanek........ ...OG--Starter


1991 - Pat Engelbert.........DT--Starter 
          Mike Stigge.............P--Starter, All Conference

1992 - Mike Stigge

1993 - Trev Alberts...........LB--Starter, 2 Time All Conference, All American, Butkis, NFL
          Terry Connealy.......DT--Starter, All Conference
          Rob Zatechka.........OG-Starter, NFL

 
1994 - Rob Zatechka
          Matt Shaw..............TE-Starter

1995 - Aaron Graham..........C--Starter, 2 Time All Conference, All American

1996 - Grant Wistrom........DE--Starter, 3 Time All Conference, 2 Time All American, Lombardi, NFL

1997 - Grant Wistrom
          Joel Makovicka........FB--Starter, NFL


1998 - Joel Makovicka
          Chad Kelsay...........DE--Starter, NFL
          Bill Lafleur..............P--Starter, NFL

1999 - Mike Brown.............DB--Starter, All Conference, All American, NFL
          Kyle Vanden Bosch..DE--Starter, NFL


2000 - Kyle Vanden Bosch

2001 - Tracey Wistrom......TE--Starter, 2 Time All Conference

2004 - Chad Sievers..........LB--Starter

2005 - Dane Todd.............FB--Starter
          Kurt Mann...............C--Starter
 
2010 - Austom Cassody......DB--PT Starter




The Top VIII award is given annually to the TOP 8 NCAA athletes in all divisions based upon their athletic academic and community achievements.

 

Academic All American-link   CoSIDA (this lists first, second team etc.)

  1. Nebraska, University of....................95
  2. Notre Dame, University of ...............51
  3. Penn State University .....................48
  4. Ohio State University, The.............. 47
  5. Oklahoma, University of .................45
  6. Dayton, University of .....................44
  7. Stanford University ........................37
  8. U.S. Air Force Academy ..................34
  9.  Carnegie Mellon University............ 33
10. Southern California, University of .....32
10. Texas, University of .......................32
12. Nebraska Wesleyan University......... 31
13. Michigan, University of ...................30
13. Michigan State University............... 30
15. Illinois, University of .....................29
15. Pittsburg State University ..............29