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Kent State safety Jordan Italiano sizes up an opponent’s wide receiver just before the start of a play during the 2014 season.
Kent State safety Jordan Italiano watches an opponent break from a huddle during a 2014 season game.
Kent State football player Jordan Italiano faces off with an Army offensive lineman during the 2014 Homecoming victory at Dix Stadium.
Kent State safety Jordan Italiano celebrates with the defensive line following a critical defensive stand during the 2014 season.
Kent State safety Jordan Italiano watches for signals from the sideline during a 2014 season game at Dix Stadium.
Kent State safety Jordan Italiano moves toward the action after the snap during the 2014 campaign.

Kent State’s Jordan Italiano Named Smartest Player in College Football

Jordan Italiano Named Smartest Player in College Football

Kent State University student-athlete Jordan Italiano of Canfield, Ohio, was tabbed “Smartest Player in College Football” in NFL.com’s 15 for ’15 series released on June 16. The pre-medicine/biochemistry major and safety on the Kent State football team carries a 3.978 heading into his senior year.

Kent State University student-athlete Jordan Italiano was tabbed “Smartest Player in College Football” by NFL.com

A standout on the field and in the classroom, Italiano is a two-time Academic All-America selection, including first team honors in 2014. On the gridiron, he has made 195 career tackles, forced five fumbles and intercepted four passes, helping him earn spots on both Athlon and Phil Steele’s Preseason All-Mid-American Conference Second Teams.

When he is not studying opponents on film, Italiano is getting A’s in the classroom.  He has just one B-plus in three years.

Also earning recognition in NFL.com’s 15 for ’15 series was junior receiver Ernest Calhoun of Akron, Ohio, who was rated No. 12 among College Football’s Smallest Players. Despite standing just under 5-6, Calhoun made 33 catches last season and led the Kent State Golden Flashes in all-purpose yards.

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