Three Hawkeyes Earn Academic All-District Honors

Nov. 4, 2010

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – Three members of the University of Iowa football program have been named to the ESPN Academic All-District Seven first team. Those players include senior OL Julian Vandervelde, senior LB Jeff Tarpinian and junior LB Tyler Nielsen. The announcement was made Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Each of the three Hawkeye players will now have their name placed on the national ballot for ESPN Academic All-America honors.

Vandervelde is a native of Davenport who has earned all-District recognition for the third straight season. He was a first team selection in 2008 and earned second team honors last season. He carries a 3.46 GPA and is majoring in English and Religious Studies.

Vandervelde has started all eight games for the Hawkeyes, who are ranked 16th in the current BCS rankings. He has started 32 games throughout his career, including 13 straight. He has earned academic all-Big Ten recognition in each of the past three seasons.

Tarpinian is a native of Omaha, Neb. He is majoring in Accounting and has a 3.58 GPA. He has also earned academic all-Big Ten honors in each of the past three seasons.

Tarpinian has been hampered by injuries in 2010, but has started three games. He returned to limited action in Iowa’s 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State after missing two games. He had 35 tackles, including 2.5 QB sacks. His forced fumble led to a touchdown against Arizona.

Nielsen, a native of Humboldt, holds a 3.56 GPA and is a Management major. He has earned academic all-Big Ten recognition in each of the past two seasons.

Nielsen has started all eight games at outside linebacker for the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes. He is third on the team with 42 tackles. Nielsen has recorded 4.5 tackles for loss and four pass break-ups. He had an interception in Iowa’s 35-7 win over Iowa State. He was injured in Iowa’s most recent win over Michigan State and is out indefinitely.

Under Coach Kirk Ferentz the last 12 seasons, 17 Iowa football student-athletes have combined to earn academic all-District and all-America recognition on 31 occasions.