June 29, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - For the eighth year in a row, Utah State has led the Western Athletic Conference in number of academic all-league honorees as the Aggies landed 209 student-athletes on the academic all-WAC teams during the 2012-13 academic year.
Utah State just completed its eighth and final season in the WAC as it joined the league in July, 2005. USU officially joins the Mountain West on July 1, 2013.
Overall, it is the 14th time in the last 15 years that Utah State has had the most academic all-league honorees as it led the Big West Conference in 2000 and 2002-05. In 2001, the Aggies ranked second in the Big West in academic selections.
"We continue to move the academic bar higher and our student-athletes continue to meet or exceed it," said associate athletics director for student-athlete services Dr. Brian Evans. "Academic achievement is a culture that we seem to have found the right formula in creating."
During 2012-13, Utah State had 209 student-athletes earn academic all-WAC honors to lead the league, while New Mexico State was second with 189. Seattle was third with 160 academic all-WAC recipients, followed by Idaho (134), UTSA (130), Texas State (117), San Jose State (112), Denver (104), UT Arlington (79) and Louisiana Tech (68). To qualify for the academic teams, student-athletes must post a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and participate in at least 50 percent of the team's games.
Women's outdoor track had the most academic all-WAC honorees for Utah State with 32, followed by women's indoor track (27), football (21), men's indoor track (20), men's outdoor track (20), soccer (17), women's cross country (13), gymnastics (9), men's cross country (8), softball (8), volleyball (8), women's tennis (7), men's golf (5), women's basketball (5), men's tennis (5) and men's basketball (4).
Among the other nine WAC institutions, Utah State teams with the most academic all-WAC honorees were women's outdoor track (32), women's indoor track (27), men's indoor track (20) and men's outdoor track (20), while football (21), women's tennis (7) and men's basketball (4) each tied for first. USU gymnastics (9) and men's golf (5) both finished second overall in the WAC, while women's cross country (13) tied for second, men's cross country (8) was third, women's basketball (5), men's tennis (5) and volleyball (5) all tied for fourth and softball (5) tied for the fifth-most academic all-WAC honorees in the league.
Utah State's student-athletes traditionally rank among the best in the Western Athletic Conference with an 83 percent graduation success rate and a cumulative 3.17 grade-point average.
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