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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa football senior linebacker James Morris has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Morris, a native of Solon, Iowa, holds a 3.84 grade point average and is majoring in political science. He earned Capital One All-District academic honors in 2012. Morris earned academic All-Big Ten recognition in 2011 and 2012 and is a candidate for that honor as well in 2013.
Morris is the 11th Iowa football player to earn first team honors on the Capital One squad, and the first since linebacker Mike Klinkenborg and defensive lineman Anton Narinskiy were selected in 2007.
Along with the Capital One academic honor, Morris is one of 16 players from all divisions to be named a National Scholar-Athlete by the National Football Foundation, earning an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. With the award, he is a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy. Morris is one of four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, earning a $5,000 donation to the UI general scholarship fund, and one of 12 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy.
Morris has started 41 career games and has 392 tackles to rank sixth in career stops. He is second on the team with 99 tackles in 2013, while leading the Hawkeyes in tackles for loss (15.5-54), sacks (6-3) and pass interceptions (four). He earned second team All-Big honors from both Big Ten coaches and league media and was the Iowa recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
In the last 15 seasons, under UI head coach Kirk Ferentz, 22 Iowa football student-athletes have combined to earn academic All-District and All-America recognition on 42 occasions.