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John Urschel

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No. 64 Baltimore Ravens
Position: Center / Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-06-24) June 24, 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Career information
High school: Buffalo (NY) Canisius
College: Penn State
NFL draft: 2014 / Round: 5 / Pick: 175
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • William V. Campbell Trophy Winner (2013)
  • 84th James E. Sullivan Award Winner (2014)
  • First Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American (2012, 2013)
  • 3× Academic All-Big Ten honors (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • 2× First-team All-Big Ten honors (2012, 2013)
  • Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Award Winner (2013)
  • Senior CLASS Award (2013)
  • Associated Press Third-Team All-American (2013)
  • Phil Steele's College Football fourth-team All-American (2013)
  • Lindy's College Football Second-Team All-American (2013)
  • Penn State's Big Ten Sportsmanship recipient (2013)
  • Arthur Ashe Sports Scholars award recipient (2014)
  • Published in The Journal of Computational Mathematics (2015)
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John Cameron Urschel (born June 24, 1991) is a Canadian-born American football center and guard for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL), who has also published peer-reviewed articles in mathematics. He was drafted by the Ravens in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State. He also has bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Penn State.[1][2]

College career

Urschel attended Pennsylvania State University, and played for the Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 2009 to 2013. A starter in all 24 games in 2012 & 2013 and the anchor of the offensive line, he was elected a 2013 co-captain and was among the eight Nittany Lions who had earned their degrees prior to the start of the season. In 2013, he won both the William V. Campbell Trophy[3] and the Senior CLASS Award - Football.[4] Urschel has also won the 84th AAU James E. Sullivan Award.[5]

Urschel also was a three-year captain with the track & field team. He placed first in the shot put at the 2009 Sec. 6 Rankings, recording a career-best throw of 17.37 meters.[6] He also competed in the discus (top-throw of 42.21 meters at the 2009 JFK Early Bird Invitational, placing third).

Professional career

2014 NFL Draft

<td colspan="20" align="center">All values from NFL Combine[7]</td>
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt<th>Arm length</th><th>Hand size</th> 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 in 308 lb<td align="center">33 in</td><td align="center">10 38 in</td> 5.31 s 4.47 s 7.55 s 29 in 8 ft 6 in 30 reps

Baltimore Ravens

Urschel was selected 175th overall in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.[8] On May 14, 2014, Urschel signed a deal worth $2.364 million, including a $144,560 signing bonus. [9] During his rookie year, he started writing a column for The Player's Tribune. His first article looks at the distribution of college football players' majors.[10] His second article, "Why I Still Play Football" was in response to the recent retirement of Chris Borland, a former 49er who quit the game due to the potential risks of brain injury. Urschel expresses that he envies Borland, but is unable to quit the NFL because of his deep passion for the game.[11] Urschel played 11 games with 3 starts during his rookie year in 2014.

Mathematics career

In 2015, Urschel co-authored a paper in the Journal of Computational Mathematics.[12] It is titled "A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians" and includes "a cascadic multigrid algorithm for fast computation of the Fiedler vector of a graph Laplacian, namely, the eigenvector corresponding to the second smallest eigenvalue."[13] The paper gave Urschel an Erdős number of 4.


  1. ^ "Ravens Lineman John Urschel Loves Math More Than You Love Anything". Deadspin. March 20, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ "John Urschel". Twitter. May 23, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Urschel Earns Prestigious Campbell Trophy at National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Dinner". Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ "John Urschel of Penn State wins the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® for FBS football". Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "John Urschel Named 84th James E. Sullivan Award Winner". Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sec. 6 Rankings". MileSplit New York. February 11, 2009. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  7. ^ "John Urschel". Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Penn State Football: Former guard Urschel heads to the Baltimore Ravens in fifth-round of NFL Draft". Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ravens sign Crockett Gillmore, John Urschel and Keith Wenning". Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Math Meets Football: One in 600 Billion". The Players' Tribune. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ Urschel, John (March 18, 2015). "Why I Still Play Football". The Players' Tribune. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  12. ^ Mullen, Jethro (March 22, 2015). "Unusual equation: Baltimore Ravens' guard John Urschel is a math whiz". Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  13. ^ Urschel, John C.; Hu, Xiaozhe; Xu, Jinchao; Zikatanov, Ludmil T. (2015). "A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians" (PDF). Journal of Computational Mathematics 33: pp.209-226. 

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