PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

John Urschel Pursuing Ph.D. At MIT

John Urschel’s academic and athletic achievements have been well documented. Now you can add another impressive feat to the Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman’s resume. Urschel tweeted Tuesday that he’s starting his Ph.D. at MIT while training for next season.

Urschel showcased his gridiron prowess at Penn State, anchoring the Nittany Lions’ offensive line for the better part of three seasons at guard. Urschel famously taught a section of Math 041 — Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry — one of many heralded accomplishments during his time in University Park. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in math, graduating in May 2013. The Williamsville, N.Y., native was also the first Penn Stater to win the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy — the “Academic Heisman” of college football.

Urschel was drafted by the Ravens with the 175th-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and has seen significant playing time serving as the team’s primary backup at both guard spots and center. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder recently capped his second season in the League. Urschel also contributes to Derek Jeter’s The Player’s Tribune, penning six articles thus far about the complex relationship between math and football.

Congratulations, John. You continue to make the Penn State community extremely proud.

About the Author

Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]

Comments

More by Ethan

Blake Gillikin’s ‘Perfectionist’ Mindset Driving Penn State Success

From his sterling academic record to his penchant for pinning punt returners deep, Blake Gillikin is the total package for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State Women’s Soccer Sophomores Start Season Strong

Penn State Women’s Soccer Beats Duquesne 6-0

Athletics

Big Ten Releases Men’s And Women’s Basketball Schedules

Penn State men’s basketball will kick off the Big Ten’s first-ever 20-game conference stretch with a pair of games in early December, while the Lady Lions have a slate featuring games against five NCAA Tournament teams at home.

Penn State Hockey Releases 2018-19 Roster

Penn State Women’s Soccer Sophomores Start Season Strong

Penn State Women’s Soccer Beats Duquesne 6-0

Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Student Life

Staff Picks: Grabbing A Drink With A Prominent Penn Stater

If you had the chance to hear about Penn State from (or throw down at a State College bar for a night with) some of its most prominent figures, who would you want to grab a beer with?

Freshman 101: Helpful Links

Nominations Now Open For Gender-Neutral Homecoming Court

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Mayor Don Hahn Plans To Veto Overnight Parking Restrictions In Highlands Neighborhood

Those in favor of the ordinance plan to consider overturning the veto at a special meeting next Monday.

Video Recovery, Alcohol Education The Focus As New Preliminary Hearing Begins For Former Beta Theta Pi Brothers

Seven former Beta Theta Pi brothers were back in court on Tuesday for another preliminary hearing  in the Penn State fraternity hazing case stemming from the 2017 death of pledge Timothy Piazza.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Staff Picks: Grabbing A Drink With A Prominent Penn Stater

If you had the chance to hear about Penn State from (or throw down at a State College bar for a night with) some of its most prominent figures, who would you want to grab a beer with?

Send this to a friend