LOGAN, Utah - Utah State finished third in the Mountain West in total academic awards during 2016-17, as 253 student-athletes garnered some kind of academic accolade awarded by the conference.
USU student-athletes received 148 academic all-Mountain West honors and 105 more were named Mountain West Scholar-Athletes. In addition to the Mountain West honors from other sports, five USU gymnasts earned academic all-Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference.
New Mexico captured the top spot in the league with 294 honorees, followed by Boise State with 267 and Utah State with 253. Wyoming was fourth with 246 and was followed by Colorado State (242), Fresno State (232), Nevada (229), San José State (175), UNLV (164), Air Force (152) and San Diego State (134). Colorado College and Hawai'i rounded out the totals with 22 and 18 as affiliate members of the Mountain West, competing in women's soccer and football, 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 53 honorees and was followed by the men’s track & field team with 35. Women’s cross country, women's soccer and football followed, with 31, 30 and 20, respectively. Women's volleyball and men's cross country were next with 15 honorees each, with women's tennis (14), women's basketball (13), softball (11), men's tennis (6) and men's basketball (5) rounding out the list of those recognized.
Utah State finished second in each of the previous three seasons in the Mountain West in the total number of academic honors after leading the Western Athletic Conference in the 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 19 years, as it led the Big West Conference in 2000 and from 2002-2005.
Utah State’s student-athletes traditionally rank among the best in the Mountain West with an 89 percent graduation success rate and a cumulative 3.19 grade point average.
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