Today the ACC released the names of all the football players that were named to the 2011 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team.
"Duke led all ACC schools with 18 selections, followed by Clemson and Wake Forest with 5 each, Georgia Tech and Maryland with 4 apiece; Boston College, Florida State and NC State with 3; Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech with two each, and Virginia with one."
In order to make the team the player needed to have not only a 3.0 GPA, but have to also carry a cumulative 3.0 GPA over their college career. The three Boston College players who made this year's All Academic Football Team were safety Hampton Hughes, wide receiver Bobby Swigert, and offensive lineman Emmett Cleary. Cleary was also named to the 2009 team. Hughes and Swigert are both first time honorees.
Kind of surprised only three Eagles made it, but maybe it's just the rigor of their academic program. Looking back at the history of the ACC All Academic team it appears that three is just around what BC usually places on the All Academic squad.
2010 -- 4 (Anthony Castonzo, Mark Herzlich, Nate Richman, Andre Williams)
2009 -- 4 (Steve Aponavicius, Castonzo, Cleary, Richman)
2008 -- 4 (Aponavicius, Castonzo, Montel Harris, Herzlich)
2007 -- 4 (Aponavicius, Castonzo, Herzlich, Nick Larkin)
Congratulations to Cleary, Hughes and Swigert!