KENT, Ohio (WKBN) – Canfield graduate and current Kent State standout Jordan Italiano was named the smartest college football player in the country as part of an online 15-part series published on NFL.com.
The series sampled both large and small schools with a wide variety of academic reputations. On-field contributions also factored in as part of the criteria.
Italiano was a member of the WKBN Big 22 Class of 2011. Now a member of the Golden Flashes, he is majoring in Chemistry. Entering his Senior year, he currently posts a 3.978 GPA, and has earned straight A’s, with just one B-plus in the classroom in his entire college career. He was previously named First-Team Academic All-American, and also received the Mid-American Conference Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Award.
He’s been just as solid on the field as a leader for Kent State’s secondary. Last season he amassed 96 tackles, three interceptions, 3.5 TFL’s, and three forced fumbles for the Golden Flashes. For his career, Italiano has 195 tackles with four interceptions and five forced fumbles.
Against Northern Illinois last season, Italiano “called his own shot,” telling the defense “we’re going to get you the ball back.” He stripped the ball on the next play, but it was recovered by NIU. The very next play he kept his word notching a clutch interception.
In one of his first summer camp practices in 2012, Italiano was playing a new position against an offensive formation the defense had not seen before. He was able to easily read the routes from all four receivers, notching an interception.