Huskies defensive tackle Danny Shelton was named to the Capital One Academic All-America first-team on Thursday, becoming the first UW player to earn first-team honors since offensive lineman Ed Cunningham in 1991.
Shelton is also the only Pac-12 player on the first team.
The senior from Auburn, Wash., holds a 3.54 grade-point average and majors in anthropology. He's traveled twice to Tahiti through UW's study abroad program, and served as a first-year interest group (FIG) advisor during fall quarter.
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Senior defensive lineman Danny Shelton became the first Husky football player named first-team Academic All-America in 23 years when the Capital One Academic All-America Division I football team was announced Thursday. Shelton was among 24 players selected to the first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Shelton boasts a 3.54 grade point average in anthropology. He spent the fall as a First-Year Interest Group (FIG) advisor and has also spent two summers in Tahiti studying colonization and leading football clinics for adults.
On Monday, the Auburn, Wash., native was named to the All-Pac-12 Academic team for a third straight season. Shelton is the only Pac-12 player recognized on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I first team. Stanford defensive lineman Henry Anderson was named to the second team.
Shelton is also a standout on the football field. He was honorable mention All-Pac-12 last season, but upped his game to new heights this year. In 13 games, Shelton is second on the team with 89 total tackles and is second with 16.5 tackles for loss and third with 9.0 sacks. He was named a midseason All-American by ESPN, NFL.com and The Sporting News and earned first-team All-Pac-12 on Tuesday.
Shelton is the 14th Washington player named to the Academic All-America first team since 1955. The last Huskies player named to the first team was offensive lineman Ed Cunningham in 1991.
UW Academic First and Second Team All-Americans:2014 Danny Shelton, 1st team1996 Dave Janoski, 2nd team1994 Eric Bjornson, 2nd team1991 Ed Cunningham, 1st team1990 Ed Cunningham, 2nd team1987 Dave Rill, 1st team1986 Dave Rill, 1st team1982 Chuck Nelson, 1st team1982 Mark Stewart, 2nd team1981 Mark Jerue, 1st team1981 Chuck Nelson, 1st team1979 Bruce Harrell, 1st team1972 Steve Wiezbowski, 2nd team1971 Dick Galuska, 2nd team1970 Bob Lovlien, 2nd team1967 Don Martin, 2nd team1966 Mike Ryan, 1st team1965 Steve Bramwell, 1st team1965 Ron Medved, 2nd team1963 Mike Briggs, 1st team1960 Bob Hivner, 1st team1959 Mike Crawford, 1st team1955 Jim Houston, 1st team