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5 Blue Devils Earn All-ACC Academic Honors
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/01/2018
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DURHAM, N.C.—Five members of the Duke University men’s soccer team were selected to the All-ACC Academic Team as announced by the conference office Thursday. Cody Brinkman, Markus Fjørtoft, Carter Manley, Will Pulisic and Brian White each were recognized for their success on the field and in the classroom.

Duke’s five selections are tied with Notre Dame and Wake Forest for the most in the league. It is the second honor for the trio of Brinkman, Fjørtoft and White, while Manley and Pulisic earned the accolade for the first time. Pulisic was one of five freshmen selected and one of the seven goalkeepers honored.

The trio of Fjørtoft, Manley and White recently were selected in the first two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft. White was Duke’s top pick at No. 16 by the New York Red Bulls, while Manley closed out the first round as the 23rd selection by Minnesota United FC. Fjørtoft saw his name called in the second round by the Seattle Sounders.

All three were All-ACC and All-South Region selections this past season as Duke returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011. White and Manley earned their degrees this past December, while Fjørtoft is pursuing a Master of Management Studies from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He earned his bachelor’s degree in May of 2017.

Brinkman, Duke’s man in the middle, completed his career as a four-year starter and is pursuing his final year of athletic eligibility with the Duke men’s lacrosse team. An electrical and computer engineering major, Brinkman will graduate in May.

Pulisic, one of two rookie goalkeepers in the ACC, played every minute for the Blue Devils this season. He finished the year with a 1.01 goals against average a .761 save percentage and seven shutouts. The seven clean sheets are the most by a Duke goalkeeper since 2013.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September of 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their careers, as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team. 

The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.


2017 ACC Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Kevin Politz, Sr., Wake Forest (Mathematical Business)


2017 All-ACC Academic Men’s Soccer Team

Callum Johnson, So., M, Boston College; Marketing

Patrick Bunk-Andersen***, Jr., D, Clemson; Sports Communication

Ximo Miralles**, Sr., GK, Clemson; Economics

Oliver Shannon**, Sr., M, Clemson; Sports Communication

Cody Brinkman**, Sr., M, Duke; Electrical & Computing Engineering

Markus Fjortoft**, Gr., D, Duke; Master of Management Studies

Carter Manley, Sr., D, Duke; Political Science

William Pulisic, Fr., GK, Duke; Undeclared

Brian White**, Sr., M, Duke; Political Science

Adrien Cabon, Jr., M, Louisville; Sport Administration

Tim Kubel****, Sr., D, Louisville; Marketing

Tate Schmitt, Jr., F, Louisville; Marketing

Alex Comsia***, Sr., D, North Carolina; Business Administration 

Simon Blotko**, So., D, NC State; Business Administration - Undeclared

Julius Duchscherer***, So., M, NC State; Business Administration - Undeclared

Leon Krapf, Fr., GK, NC State; Business Administration - Undeclared

Jack Casey, So., M, Notre Dame; Economics, Political Science

Felicien Dumas, Jr., D, Notre Dame; Finance

Jeff Farina**, Sr., D, Notre Dame; Finance

Matt Habrowski, Gr., D, Notre Dame; Applied & Comp Math & Stats

Chris Hubbard**, Gr., GK, Notre Dame; Accountancy

Edward Kizza, Fr., F, Pitt; Undecided

Jonathan Hagman**, Jr., M, Syracuse; Finance

Hendrik Hilpert**, Jr., GK, Syracuse; Economics/Finance

Johannes Pieles**, So., F, Syracuse; Sport Management

Pablo Aguilar, Sr., M, Virginia; Foreign Affairs

Joe Bell, Fr., M, Virginia; Undeclared

Jeff Caldwell***, Sr., GK, Virginia; History

Sergi Nus, Jr., D, Virginia; History

Elias Tamburini, Sr., D, Virginia Tech; Psychology

Brad Dunwell***, Jr., M, Wake Forest; Communication

Omir Fernandez, Fr., M, Wake Forest; Undeclared

Andreu Cases Mundet, So., GK, Wake Forest; Undeclared

Kevin Politz**, Sr., D, Wake Forest; Mathematical Business

Brandon Servania, Fr., M, Wake Forest; Undeclared

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