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4.08 GPA in Biology earns Oregon QB Herbert first-team Academic All-American honors

Utah defensive end Hunter Dimick (49), sacks Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert (10) in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/George Frey)

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon Duck quarterback Justin Herbert, a graduate of Sheldon High School in the Eugene 4J School District, was named a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American on Thursday.

“It’s really special,” Herbert said. “I really focus on trying my best in school. Fortunately I have been able to manage both football and academics.”

To be eligible, players must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average and appear in at least 50 percent of a team's games.

Herbert has a 4.08 grade-point average in biology.

Despite an injury, Herbert played in 7 of Oregon's games this year.

He is the first Oregon player to earn first-team honors since defensive lineman Nick Reed won in 2008.

Herbert is the third Oregon quarterback to win the award, after Joey Harrington (2001) and Bill Musgrave (1990).

“Justin epitomizes what it means to be a student-athlete,” Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal said. “Through hard work he has successfully handled the demands of being both a top-notch athlete and a great student. What is even more impressive is Justin has achieved a 4.08 GPA in biology, an extremely challenging field of study.”

Herbert and the Ducks got off to a 4-1 start this fall before the quarterback was sidelined by a collar bone injury.

Herbert returned and led the Ducks to wins in their final two games.

He finished the regular season with 113-of-170 passes completed (66.5 percent) for 1,750 yards, with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions.

Nine Ducks have been named first-team academic All-American dating back to 1962.

Other past honorees include offensive lineman Ryan Schmid (2000, 2001), punter Mike Preacher (1986), linebacker Tim Casey (1965), offensive guard Ed Thomas (1962) and offensive tackle Steve Barnett (1962).

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