Strehlow Receives Academic All-America Laurels
UW-Oshkosh center Ben Strehlow (Sr. • Brandon) is one of 24 men on the 2012 Capital One Division III Academic All-America Team. Members of the College Sports Information Directors of America selected the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) squad.
A starter in all 13 games for the undefeated Titans, Strehlow anchors an offensive line that is among the finest in the nation. UW-Oshkosh ranks 11th in the country in total offense (494.6 yards per game) and 16th in both rushing offense (256.7) and scoring (39.3 points).
UW-Oshkosh surpassed 600 yards in four games this season and rushed for at least 250 yards in five contests. The Titans have rushed for 3,338 yards - a school record and the fifth-best mark in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) history.
UW-Oshkosh scored 41 or more points six times, including 70 at Alma College (Mich.), 56 against UW-Stevens Point and 55 against The College of St. Scholastica (Minn.). The Titans have booked 37 rushing touchdowns and another 29 through the air.
Majoring in economics, the 2012 All-WIAC first-team selection owns a 3.72 grade-point average. He is the sixth UW-Oshkosh football player and the first since 2002 to earn Academic All-America status.
Strehlow, who was one of 41 NCAA Division III candidates for the 2012 National Football Foundation William Campbell Trophy, has volunteered with the Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club, Oshkosh YMCA, Habitat for Humanity and the Wisconsin Special Olympics.
University of Mount Union (Ohio) defensive back Nick Driskill was named the Academic All-America of the Year. Offensive lineman Mike Seefeld of UW-Whitewater was the only other player from Wisconsin on the first team.
UW-Oshkosh plays the University of St. Thomas in a semifinal-round game of the NCAA Division III Championship on Saturday (Dec. 8) in St. Paul, Minn.