We interrupt the depressing news about the Southwest Conference to bring you this welcome anomaly—a preseason All-America safety who makes straight A's and majors in philosophy. Senior Kip Corrington is, in fact, the top-ranked student in Texas A & M's 4,500-tudent College of Liberal Arts. He has made only one B (in an American literature course as a sophomore) in four years of study (he redshirted in '83), while earning all-conference honors in the Aggie secondary.
Rarely since Rice's Frank Ryan, the mathematician who quarterbacked the Cleveland Browns to a couple of titles in the 1960s, has a football star followed such a demanding academic path. "Kip exemplifies the Aristotelian ideal of a liberal education," says Dr. Daniel Fallon, dean of the Liberal Arts college.
Corrington, whose parents work at A & M, says his grades improved when he got to college because he suddenly had more time on his hands. "I played five sports in high school and I didn't concentrate on my studies that much. Then it kind of hit me one day, after I got here, that I could do as well in class as I did in football."
Corrington's academic achievements include:
?First-team Academic All-America two years in a row.
?Twice named outstanding student in the College of Liberal Arts.
?Nominated for a Marshall Scholar scholarship for postgraduate study.
?Eight-time winner of A & M's Academic Achievement Award.
Corrington hasn't done badly in helmet and pads, either; he had 93 tackles and three pass interceptions last season. "I'd say hitting and tackling are my strongest areas," says the soft-spoken College Station native. His football-savvy dean adds: "He's able to make the big play."
Still, the Aggies will have to muster a liberal supply of other football arts if they are to win their third straight conference title. The early schedule includes LSU and Washington before the SWC challengers line up, and the Aggies have lost 12 starters from last year's Cotton Bowl team, including the SWC's Offensive Player of the Year, quarterback Kevin Murray. After rumors that he had received illegal financial aid, Murray decided to pass up his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Bad move: No one bothered to select him.