Fifty-Six Wolverines Named to 2011 Fall Academic All-Big Ten Team

Dec. 7, 2011

Photo Roster of Fall 2011 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Fifty-six University of Michigan student-athletes are listed on the fall 2011 Academic All-Big Ten Conference teams, released Wednesday (Dec. 7) by the league office. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better.

Twelve members of Michigan's Sugar Bowl-bound football team earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, including four starters: fifth-year senior defensive end Will Heininger (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), senior/junior safety Jordan Kovacs (Curtice, Ohio/Clay), senior/junior offensive lineman Patrick Omameh (Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) and junior defensive end Craig Roh (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral). Both Roh and Kovacs were named 2011 All-Big Ten honorable mention by the media panel; it was Kovacs' second such honor and Roh's first. Kovacs was also Michigan's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient this season.

An economics and sports management major, Heininger earned his fourth Academic All-Big Ten award. He is also a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for maintaining at least a 3.7 GPA in a single academic year and was named to the Capital One Academic All-District V first team last month. This marks the second Academic All-Big Ten honor for Omameh, who is a communication and sociology major and has been a starter in the last 28 games dating to 2009.

Seven members of U-M's NCAA Sweet Sixteen volleyball team, representing nearly half of the squad, earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. The group includes senior outside hitter Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph), a 2011 All-Big Ten honorable mention selection, and senior libero Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption), U-M volleyball's 2011 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree. A sociology and communications major, Hunt was also a 2010 AVCA third team All-America selection and ranks second all-time at Michigan in career kills (1,607). Also a communications major, Donhoff has now earned the Big Ten's academic award three times. Her 1,907 career digs rank second all-time at U-M and 12th in the Big Ten. The 22nd-ranked Wolverines will head south for their Sweet Sixteen match-up against No. 17 Florida on Friday (Dec. 9) in Gainesville, Fla.

The field hockey contingent of six Academic All-Big Ten honorees is led by two-time NFHCA third team All-America sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School). A 2011 NFHCA All-West Region and All-Big Ten first team selection, Mack is enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. She was also the 2010 Big Ten Tournament MVP as a rookie and has helped lead U-M to the 2010 and 2011 regular season Big Ten titles, and the 2010 Big Ten tournament title.

For more information on U-M student-athlete academic awards, visit the Academic Success Program web page.

U-M's 2011 Fall Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Men's Cross Country (5)
Bobby Aprill, Sr., sports management, Dexter, Mich.
Craig Forys, Sr., secondary education/physical education, Howell, N.J.
Derek Henning, Sr., economics and mathematics, Alanson, Mich.
Zach Ornelas, Jr., kinesiology/physical education, Cedar Park, Texas
James Yau, So., Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, Troy, Mich.

Women's Cross Country (9)
Rebecca Addison, Jr., movement science, Spring Lake, Mich.
Erica Crane, So., Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, Dearborn, Mich.
Lindsey Hilton, Jr., German and informatics, Rochester Hills, Mich.
Mary Grace Pellegrini, Sr., public policy, Louisville, Ky.
Taylor Pogue, So., Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, Goodrich, Mich.
Chloe Prince, Jr., informatics, Okemos, Mich.
Jillian Smith, Jr., environment, Manahawkin, N.J.
Danielle Tauro, Sr., sports management, Manahawkin, N.J.
Megan Weschler, So., physical education, Wyandotte, Mich.

Field Hockey (6)
Eileen Brandes, Sr., biology, Falmouth, Maine
Samantha Gray, So., Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, Wilmette, Ill.
Lauren Hauge, So., Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, Tulsa, Okla.
Rachael Mack, So., Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, Bromsgrove, England
Ainsley McCallister, So., Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Leslie Smith, So., Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, Hummelstown, Pa.

Football (12)
Joey Burzynski, So., Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, Carlsbad, Calif.
Matthew Cavanaugh, Sr., economics, Alto, Mich.
J.B. Fitzgerald, Sr., sports management, Princeton Junction, N.J.
Jareth Glanda, Jr., movement science, Rochester Hills, Mich.
Cameron Gordon, Jr., general studies, Detroit, Mich.
Will Heininger, Sr., sports management and economics, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Zac Johnson, Gr., kinesiology, Morenci, Mich.
Jordan Kovacs, Sr., movement science, Curtice, Ohio
John McColgan, Gr., accounting, Saginaw, Mich.
Ricardo Miller, So., Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, Orlando, Fla.
Patrick Omameh, Sr., communication and sociology, Columbus, Ohio
Craig Roh, Jr., sports management, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Men's Soccer (7)
Latif Alashe, Jr., mechanical engineering, Northville, Mich.
Tim Bergsma, Jr., communications, Beverley Hills, Mich.
Brian Klemczak, Jr., economics, Livonia, Mich.
Eric Leifland, Sr., business administration, Djursholm, Sweden
Tyler Leppek, So., Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, Rochester, Mich.
Nick Lewin, So., engineering, Walled Lake, Mich.
Adam Shaw, Gr., Master's Higher Education, Lone Tree, Colo.

Women's Soccer (10)
Nkem Ezurike, So., Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia
Kristen Goncalves, Sr., brain, behavior & cognitive science, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Emily Jaffe, Jr., environment, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Haley Kopmeyer, Sr., Spanish and political science, Troy, Mich.
Courtney Mercier, Sr., political science, Erie, Pa.
Kim Siebert, Sr., movement science, Troy, Mich.
Clare Stachel, Sr., English and American culture, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Karin Thomas, So., nursing, Centennial, Colo.
Keyana Thompson-Shaw, So., art & design, Long Beach, Calif.
Shelina Zadorsky, So., Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, London, Ontario

Volleyball (7)
Jennifer Cross, So., movement science, Scarborough, Ontario
Sloane Donhoff, Sr., communications, Louisville, Ky.
Lexi Erwin, So., Literature, Science and the Arts/undeclared, Spring, Texas
Courtney Fletcher, Sr., screen arts and culture, Johns Creek, Ga.
Alex Hunt, Sr., sociology and communications, Granger, Ind.
Brittany Lee, Jr., screen arts and culture, Indianapolis, Ind.
Michelle McMahon, Sr., communications, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Contact: Barbara Cossman (734) 763-4423