The Aggies exceeded their 2013-14 totals (242) as 153 student-athletes received academic all-Mountain West honors and 97 were named Mountain West Scholar-Athletes.
“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 301 honorees, followed by Utah State with 250. Fresno State was third with 220 and was followed by Boise State (216), Colorado State (212), Wyoming (194), Nevada (176), San José State (174), UNLV (172), San Diego State (136) and Air Force (116). Hawai’i and Colorado College rounded out the totals with 22 and 10 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.
The women’s track & field team led the way for Utah State with 65 honorees and were followed by the men’s track & field team with 40. Women’s soccer, football and women’s cross country each had more than 20 honorees, with 28, 23 and 21, respectively. Women’s volleyball garnered 15 honorees and was followed by men’s cross country and women’s tennis with 12 apiece, men’s golf (10), softball (8), men’s tennis and women’s basketball with seven each, and men’s basketball with one.
This is the second 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 yeras. Overall, Utah State has had the most academic all-league honorees 14 times in the past 17 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 17 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 3.152 grade point average.
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