Four Terps football players earn Academic All-ACC honors

Four Maryland football players were among the 52 conference selections announced Wednesday to the 2011 Academic All-ACC team.

Junior defensive lineman A.J. Francis was honored for the third time in his Terps career, while junior offensive Bennett Fulper picked up his second selection, and freshman fullback Tyler Cierski and sophomore defensive back Dexter McDougle each made the team for the first time.


Players must have at least a 3.0 GPA for the previous semester and have maintained a 3.0 cumulative average throughout his career to be eligible for the award.

Duke had the most selections with 18, while Clemson and Wake Forest tied for second with five apiece. Maryland and Georgia Tech tied for fourth with four each.


Francis, a Severn native, appeared in all 12 games for the Terps in 2011, starting four at defensive tackle. The Gonzaga (D.C.) grad recorded 31 tackles, including three TFLs and two sacks. He also recovered one fumble and had one pass breakup.

Fulper, a 2011 Academic All-America nominee, started the first 10 games of the season at center before missing the last two with an injury.

Cierski, a true freshman from Georgia, appeared in all 12 games as the Terps' top fullback. He was also a fixture on several special teams units, including kickoff return and punt coverage.

McDougle started all 12 games at cornerback, finishing 2011 with a team-best six pass breakups, plus three interceptions, which tied for the team lead.

Maryland freshman linebacker Cole Farrand and sophomore defensive back Jeremiah Johnson were also nominated for All-ACC honors.