3 CEAS Students Honored on Big East All Academic Football Team

By: Kelley Ujvary

Date: February 28, 2011


Alex Apyan

UC leads the Big East with nineteen players from UC’s football team being named to the All-Academic Football Team and three of them are out of CEAS - Alex Apyan a fourth year long snapper majoring in Aerospace Engineering, Robert Armstrong a fifth year senior linebacker majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Drew Frey second year strong safety, majoring in Architectural Engineering Technology. 

Armstrong came to Cincinnati from his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He talks about his high school experience as one of the best of his life.  “During my senior year we made it all the way to Hershey, PA and won State.  It was a great experience because I had played football with everyone on that high school team since I was 6 or 7 years old, to win all those games, with all those people, was just really special.”

It is not easy to balance the demands that come from both being a scholar and an athlete, this honor is an accomplishment for all of the recipients.


Robby Armstrong

“I hope that others will see what my teammates and I have accomplished and be proud; our team as a whole is full of hard workers both on and off the football field,” said Apyan.  

“I felt blessed that I could be a part of something so big and would have the opportunity that most people never had,” stated Armstrong. 

“The most challenging aspect of being a student athlete is timing up my class and co-op schedule to work along with our extensive football schedule.  It is difficult to coordinate but it always works out,” says Frey.   

These three scholars and athletes are not only teammates and classmates, but also roommates.  They have lived together for over a year and keep each other balanced and focused.

135 athletes were named to the 2010 BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team from football institutions. To be eligible for this honor, a player must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and have completed a minimum of two semesters of academic work.


Drew Frey

Apyan, having only played football for two years in high school, came to UC from Chattanooga, Tennessee.  “I chose UC because we have a quality Aerospace Engineering program. I had a full ride to another school, but I chose Cincinnati because my true aspiration is to one day become an astronaut. Hopefully receiving this award will show my ability to handle both physical as well as mental challenges everyday.”

Frey was a go-to guy on offense and the leader of the defense in his high school days back in Wilmington, Ohio.  “I loved those days because there was no stress and I was able to build a foundation for where I am now.”

While Armstrong will be graduating and heading into the workforce at the end of the academic year, we will have the pleasure of cheering on Drew and Alex for a little while longer. 

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