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Syracuse football: Cameron MacPherson named Academic All-American

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A cool honor for the outgoing senior.

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Now that the regular season’s over, the awards and accolades can start rolling in for Syracuse Orange football players. We’ve seen Amba Etta-Tawo’s trophy case grow over the past week, and other members of the Orange have picked up honors as well.

Today’s award recognizes another senior, however: Cameron MacPherson was named a first-team Academic All-American. He’s the 11th Orange football player to receive first-team honors.

MacPherson, who caught five catches for 34 yards in 2016, started every game for SU at the tight end spot. While Dino Babers’s system didn’t necessarily utilize the position a ton in terms of pass-catching, MacPherson was able to make contributions as a blocker and also participated on special teams.

In order to be considered for Academic All-America status, players need to be a starter or key reserve with at least sophomore status, a 3.3 GPA and have a nomination from their sports information director.

MacPherson, for his part, exceeds these qualifications by a considerable amount. He’s been on the SU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every semester at the school, was a 2015-16 Remembrance Scholar, a two-time ACC Honor Roll selection and a 2016 Jack Tatum Award nominee for the ACC’s top senior football student-athlete.

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Congrats, Cameron! And thanks for your contributions these past few seasons.