Utah State Second in the Mountain West with 273 Academic Honors
July 11, 2016 LOGAN, Utah - Utah State finished second in the Mountain West Conference in 2015-16 as 273 student-athletes garnered some kind of academic accolade awarded by the conference.

The Aggies exceeded their 2014-15 totals (250) as 171 student-athletes received academic all-Mountain West honors and 102 were named Mountain West Scholar-Athletes. In addition to the Mountain West honors from other sports, ten USU gymnast earned academic all-Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference.

“Having a record number of student-athletes earn conference academic recognitions is extremely rewarding, given the caliber of institutions in the Mountain West,” Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Services Dr. Brian Evans said. “I’m proud of our student-athletes’ achievements in the classroom and we’ll strive to continue these academic successes across all sports.”

New Mexico captured the top spot in the league with 344 honorees, followed by Utah State with 273. Boise State was third with 241 and was followed by Fresno State (237), Colorado State (231), Wyoming (206), Nevada (203), UNLV (162), San José State (159), Air Force (151) and San Diego State (131). Hawai’i and Colorado College rounded out the totals with 20 and 17 as affiliate members of the Mountain West, competing in football and women’s soccer, respectively.

To qualify for the all-conference 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. The Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the Conference. To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least two academic terms at the member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, and have participated in varsity competition in a Mountain West sponsored sport. Academic honors from the MRGC are awarded to gymnasts appearing on the squad list and carrying a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the year they participate.

The women’s track & field team led the way for Utah State with 74 honorees and were followed by the men’s track & field team with 37. Women’s soccer, women's cross country and football followed, with 30, 27 and 19, respectively. Softball garnered 17 honorees and was followed by women's volleyball (14), women's basketball (13), women's tennis (12), men's cross country (11), gymnastics (10), men's golf (9), men's tennis (6) and men's basketball, with four.

This is the third year in a row that Utah State has finished second in the Mountain West in academic honors after leading the Western Athletic Conference in number of academic all-league honorees for eight-straight years. Overall, Utah State has had the most academic all-league honorees 14 times in the past 18 years, as it led the Big West Conference in 2000 and 2002-2005. The Aggies also ranked second in the Big West in 2001, marking 18 consecutive years with Utah State finishing first or second in its conference in academic success.

Utah State’s student-athletes traditionally rank among the best in the Mountain West with an 87 percent graduation success rate and a cumulative 3.15 grade point average.

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