McDonald Earns First-Team Academic All-America Honors, Asamoah All-District

Senior center Ryan McDonald (60) and junior guard Jon Asamoah (52).
Senior center Ryan McDonald (60) and junior guard Jon Asamoah (52).

Nov. 26, 2008

University of Illinois senior offensive lineman Ryan McDonald was named to the 24-man first-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team. This is the second consecutive year the four-year starter has received these accolades. Illini junior offensive guard Jon Asamoah earned Academic All-District honors.

A two-time All-Big Ten Conference selection on the offensive line, McDonald has been a four-year starter for the Fighting Illini and recently tied the school record with 48 consecutive starts. In the classroom, he maintained a 3.84 GPA in aerospace engineering and graduated with high honors in May of 2008. During the 2008 season, he continued his studies, beginning his master's degree in the same field last fall. In the past two years, McDonald has led one of the nation's most successful offenses. In 2006 and 2007, the Illini led the Big Ten in rushing and ranked in the top-10 nationally. This year, they were tops in the conference in passing and ranked second in total offense.

McDonald is one of seven repeat selections on the 24-man Academic All-America ® first team. Junior quarterback Tim Tebow of Florida, senior running back Tyler Roehl of North Dakota State, senior wide receiver Brian Robiskie of Ohio State, and senior defensive lineman Nick Reed of Oregon joined senior defensive back Andrew Berry of Harvard and Gerald Cadogan of Penn State as scholar-athletes honored for the second straight year.

Asamoah is a two-year starter on the offensive line and earned Academic All-District honors with a 3.79 GPA in community health.