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Cincinnati Linebacker JK Schaffer Named 2011 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Cincinnati linebacker JK Schaffer, a two-time all-conference player and a member of three BIG EAST championship teams, has been chosen as the 2011 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The selection was made by the conference's Academic Affairs Committee and is presented on the basis of academic credentials and athletic performance.

A senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, Schaffer will receive a $2,000 scholarship, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies. The Conference also announced the 182 players who were chosen to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team.

Schaffer was a two-year captain during Cincinnati's most prosperous run in program history. He is just the fourth player in BIG EAST history to register at least 100 tackles in three consecutive seasons, culminating in a career-high 114 stops in the 2011 season.

A three-year starter, Schaffer had 337 career tackles, leading all BIG EAST players who were active in 2011. He finished his career with 27.5 tackles for loss, 15 pass breakups, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors in 2011 after he ranked third in the conference in tackles (8.8 per game), had four sacks and led a Cincinnati unit that led the nation in sacks (8.6 per game) and was sixth nationally in rushing defense (96.2 ypg). He was an All-BIG EAST Second Team choice in 2010.

Schaffer was a key contributor for three BIG EAST championship teams - the 2008 and 2009 squads that won outright titles and played in consecutive Bowl Championship Series games and the 2011 team that won a share of the championship and ended the year with a win in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. 

In addition to his on-field accomplishments, Schaffer carries a 3.705 grade-point average as a criminal justice major. He is a member of the Sigma Sigma honorary fraternity and a four-time selection to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team. Schaffer earned a 4.00 grade-point average in the fall 2011 semester. 

Schaffer has volunteered his time in a number of community service endeavors, including regular visits to local hospitals and schools to motivate Cincinnati-area children. He is a contributor to the Ronald McDonald House of Cincinnati.

Schaffer is the second consecutive Cincinnati player to be chosen as the American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year, following 2010 winner John Goebel. The honor is one of a number of scholarships presented by the BIG EAST Conference and American Eagle Outfitters during the 2011-12 academic year. Thirty-two student-athletes (one male and one female from each of the BIG EAST's 16 member institutions) will be named winners of the American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. The conference also names male and female American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Basketball Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

2011 BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team

The 182 members of the 2011 BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team were nominated by the respective institutions. To be nominated, a player must have a cumulative grade-point index of at least 3.0 and completed a minimum of two semesters of academic work.

 

CINCINNATI (23)

 

 

 

 

Alex Apyan

Sr.

LS

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Aerospace Engineering

Austen Bunjoch

So.

OL

Cincinnati, Ohio

History

Tom DeTemple

Sr.

LS

Cincinnati, Ohio

Paralegal Studies

Drew Frey

Jr.

DB

Wilmington, Ohio

Architectural Engineering Technology

Jacob Giltrow

Jr.

WR

West Chester, Ohio

Biological Studies

Dan Giordano

Jr.

DL

Frankfort, Ill.

Accounting

Alex Hoffman

Sr.

OL

Indianapolis, Ind.

Paralegal Studies

Sean Hooey

Jr.

OL

Litchfield, Mich.

Marketing

Brendon Kay

Jr.

QB

Marine City, Mich.

Health Education

Cory Keebler

RFr.

OL

Liberty Township, Ohio

Business Administration

Eric Lefeld

RFr.

OL

Coldwater, Ohio

Business Administration

John Lloyd

RFr.

P

Cincinnati, Ohio

Business Administration

Colin Lozier

Jr.

LB

Cincinnati, Ohio

Psychology

Jordan Luallen

So.

QB

Greenwood, Ind.

Entrepreneurship

Breon Mapp

Jr.

DB

Cincinnati, Ohio

Health Education

Mitch Meador

So.

LB

Greenwood, Ind.

Organizational Leadership

Tony Miliano

RFr.

K

North Bend, Ohio

Business Administration

Pat O'Donnell

Jr.

P

Lakeworth, Fla.

Organizational Leadership

Demetrius Richardson

Jr.

TE

Marlton, N.J.

Criminal Justice

Joshua Russ

RFr.

TE

Elyria, Ohio

Criminal Justice

JK Schaffer

Sr.

LB

Cincinnati, Ohio

Criminal Justice

George Winn

Jr.

RB

Southfield, Mich.

Organizational Leadership

Adrian Witty

RFr.

DB

Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Criminal Justice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONNECTICUT (22)

 

 

 

 

Harris Agbor

Sr.

S

Mesquite, Texas

Finance/Political Science

Jimmy Bennett

Jr.

OT

Alexandria, Va.

Accounting

Tyler Bennett

Sr.

WR

Alexandria, Va.

Communication Sciences

Robert Cherry

So.

WR

Simsbury, Conn.

Biological Sciences

Jeremy Claflin

Fr.

S

West Hartford, Conn.

Exploratory

Steve Greene

So.

OG

Edensburg, Pa.

Sport Management

Frank Guardi

So.

WR

New Fairfield, Conn.

Exploratory

Jory Johnson

Jr.

OLB

Mobile, Ala.

Economics

Alex Kantor

So.

S

Potomac, Md.

Exploratory

Chris Lopes

So.

CB

Brockton, Mass.

Communications

Dominick Manco

Fr.

LS

Lagrangeville, N.Y.

Exploratory

Corey Manning

Jr.

TE

Tyrone, Ga.

Finance

Chris Matteis

Fr.

FB

North Haven, Conn.

Undeclared

Scott McCummings

RFr.

QB

Natick, Mass.

Exploratory

Adam Mueller

So.

LS

Park Ridge, Ill.

History

Alex Pagan

Sr.

QB

East Windsor, Conn.

Political Science

Moe Petrus

Sr.

C

St. Laurent, Que.

Psychology

James Scherer

Jr.

DB

Middlefield, Conn.

Exercise Science

Dave Teggart

Sr.

K

Northborough, Mass.

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