The four honorees are led by senior I-back Rex Burkhead and senior linebacker Sean Fisher. Both Burkhead and Fisher are repeat selections on the academic all-district 7 team, and both players earned Academic All-America honors last season. Burkhead was a first-team Academic All-American, while Fisher earned second-team honors.
Burkhead and Fisher are joined on the 2012 Academic All-District 7 team by junior tight end Jake Long and his twin brother, junior offensive guard Spencer Long. Like Fisher and Burkhead, Spencer Long is a repeat academic all-district choice, while Jake Long earned all-district honors for the first time.
Nebraska's four academic all-district honorees tied for the second-most at the NCAA Division I level. South Dakota State led Division I with seven academic all-district selections. Joining Nebraska with four selections were Penn State, Brown, Dayton, Duke, Northern Illinois and San Diego.
Fisher was one of three members of the all-district 7 team with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. Fisher has maintained the perfect grade-point average in business administration and has plans to attend medical school following graduation. Burkhead carries a 3.45 cumulative grade-point average in history and is on track to graduate in December, completing his undergraduate work in just 3 ½ years.
The Long brothers came to Nebraska as walk-ons from Elkhorn High School. Both have excelled on and off the field since arriving in Lincoln. Spencer Long owns a 3.76 cumulative GPA in biological sciences, while Jake has a 3.84 GPA, also majoring in biological sciences.
With four players advancing to the national academic All-America ballot, Nebraska is in position to become the first school to earn 300 Academic All-Americans across all sports. Nebraska currently has a nation-leading 299 academic All-Americans across all sports, including 102 in football, the most of any individual team in the country.