on October 23, 2013 12:50 PM
Penn State offensive guard and math wiz John Urschel has another accolade to add to his many accomplishments: On Monday, Fox Sports named him Best Person in Sports for “excelling in the classroom and on the field.”
Last year Urschel was selected as a first team All-Big Ten guard and was also named a Capital One/CoSIFA Academic All-American in 2012. He finished his undergraduate degree in mathematics in just three years while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA. He is now working on earning his master’s degree and has plans to pursue a PhD after his football career.
Urschel’s research has been published in the “Celestial Mechanics and Dynamic Astronomy” journal, and he currently has several more articles in the works. When he is not on the field he can be found teaching mathematics in classes such as Math 041. He can undoubtedly be considered one of the best student athletes in all of college sports.
While Urschel’s academic accomplishments are nothing to be scoffed at, his success on the field is equally impressive. He has quickly excelled as an elite athlete and NFL prospect after making the decision to play football in ninth-grade. Last season he earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after starting every game at right guard and helped Zach Zwinak rush for over 1,000 yards. This year, he’s continued to be a leader on the team while playing a key role in the offensive line.