Molls, who leads the nation with 166 tackles, has a 3.61 grade-point average in exercise science. He is Toledo’s first Academic All-American since Lance Moore in 2004.
“I could not be more proud of Danny Molls,” said UT Head Football Coach Matt Campbell. “He is everything you want in a college football player. He has a total commitment to academics and athletics. He is a leader on our football team, both on and off the field, and is great role model for our younger players. He is very deserving to be called an Academic All-American.”
“It’s a great honor to be named Academic All-America,” Molls said. “To be included with some of the best football players in the country is very humbling.”
Molls was a first-team All-Mid-American Conference pick this season, helping the Rockets to a 9-3 record and a berth into the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The North Royalton, Ohio, native was the team leader in tackles in all but one game, and has had at least 13 tackles 10 times this season. He also was a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award.
The Capital One Academic All-America Football Team is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America and recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.