Corey Robinson named first-team Academic All-American

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Notre Dame sophomore wide receiver Corey Robinson was named a first-team Academic All-American on Thursday. He is only the second Irish sophomore ever to be named first-team Academic All-American and the first sophomore since 2008 to be given the honor in the entire country.

The San Antonio native was second on the Irish with 40 catches, 539 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He also has a 3.83 grade point average as a liberal studies major, one of the most challenging curriculums on campus.

Robinson’s season was a struggle from the start, a broken thumb suffered in preseason camp making it difficult for the receiver. But Robinson had some big moments in his second year of competition, playing big against Florida State in Tallahassee as well as against Syracuse. Robinson had eight catches in each game, scoring three of his five touchdowns.

In UND.com’s official release, the school points to some key reasons why Robinson deserves such a prestigious honor. He serves on the team’s unity council. He’s also a member of the university’s student government executive cabinet.

Robinson also participates in the athletic department’s Christian Athletes Advisory Council and with the Rosenthal Leadership Academy. He also is the chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council’s IrishOn3 initiative.

Notre Dame’s football program also won the 2014 American Football Coaches Association Academic Achievement Award. The Irish shared the award with Duke, Northwestern and Stanford.