Greensboro, N.C. - North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper, Tim Jackson and Pete Mangum have been named to the 2012 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team, announced Wednesday by Commissioner John Swofford.
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. All 12 ACC schools were represented by at least one selection on the team. The ACC has selected an All-ACC Academic Football team every year since 1954.
The team was chosen from a pool of 105 ACC football student-athletes who were nominated by their schools.
Mangum (Raleigh,N.C.) earned Academic All-ACC honors for the second consecutive season. An applied sciences major, Mangum played in all 12 games and was named the team's special teams player of the week four times.
Cooper (Wilmington, N.C.), earned consensus first-team All-America honors and was named the winner of the ACC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given annually the league’s top blocker, as an offensive guard for Tar Heels’ offense which set a school record and was ranked eighth nationally in scoring offense. He was also the first Outland Trophy finalist in UNC history. A projected first-round NFL draft pick, Cooper graduated in December with a degree in communication studies.
Jackson (St. Petersburg, Fla.) started eight games as a junior in 2012 and finished with 18 tackles, including four tackles for losses and one sack. An exercise and sport science major, Jackson is one of seven returning starters on defense.