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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.

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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]


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