UCLA center Jake Brendel was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic first team this morning, marking his third straight appearance on the list.
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman has a 3.39 GPA in economics and has started 38 of 39 possible games in his career, sitting out the Bruins’ season opener at Virginia with a knee injury. Without him, UCLA’s offensive line allowed five sacks and committed five false starts in a performance lambasted by position coach Adrian Klemm.
The redshirt junior is one of seven players in the conference to earn a spot on the Pac-12 All-Academic first team for the third time. The others are Cal’s Chris Adcock, Washington’s Danny Shelton, Arizona’s Jared Tevis, and Stanford’s Henry Anderson, Jordan Richards and Patrick Skov — all of whom are seniors.
Senior linebacker Eric Kendricks, who became UCLA’s all-time leading tackler in Friday’s loss to Stanford, made the Pac-12 All-Academic second team.
To make either first- or second-team All Academic, a player must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have appeared in at least 50 percent of his team’s games.
UCLA’s All-Academic honorable mentions are linebacker Ryan Hofmeister, fullback Taylor Lagace, longsnapper Christopher Longo, quarterback Jerry Neuheisel, defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa, and defensive back Jalen Ortiz.