Former walk-on Mitchell Juergens was named to the 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District team this Thursday.
The College Sports Information Directors of America recognize some of the nation’s top student-athletes for their performance both on the field and in the classroom.
Juergens is a junior majoring in finance with a 3.63 GPA. He hails from Houston, Texas, and walked on to BYU’s football team in 2010. He redshirted his first year before leaving to serve an LDS mission. He then returned to the team in 2013 as a walk on. Juergens worked hard and was awarded a scholarship by Bronco Mendenhall just before the start of the 2015 season.
The 5-foot-10-inch receiver stood out among BYU’s talented receiver core this season. He was one of the key players in the Cougars’ win over Boise State earlier this season with 35-yard touchdown catch with only 45 seconds left in the game that gave BYU another last-minute victory. He caught four passes for 172 yards, including an 84-yard touchdown pass just 51 seconds into the game. This was the fifth-longest pass play in BYU history.
He currently has 29 receptions for 397 yards and two touchdowns for BYU.
This is the fifth year CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program has been expanded to include NCAA Division I, II and III schools. First-team Academic All-District honorees will advance to the All-America team ballot. First, second and third team honorees will be chosen later this month.