Syracuse defensive end Kingsley Jonathan was named a First Team Academic All-American on Monday, the only football player in the ACC to earn the honor.
The award is handed out annually by the College Sports Information Directors of America, honoring players who exhibit a combination of both athletic and academic achievement. He is Syracuse’s first honoree since tight end Cam McPherson won the award in 2016, and one of just 16 in program history.
Jonathan had 5.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and 32 tackles last year, his fourth playing for the Orange. He has maintained a 3.71 grade-point average while majoring in information management and technology.
Jonathan has also posted a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in every semester, while being involved in a variety of off-field initiatives. He is one of the ACC athletes involved with voicing and voting for rules proposals through the NCAA’s autonomy process and has been involved in student-athlete, diversity and inclusion initiatives at Syracuse.
He is returning to Syracuse for a fifth season in the fall.
Alabama quarterback Mac Jones was named the Academic All-American Member of the Year after posting a 4.0 grade-point average in communication studies and sports hospitality.