Among those student-athletes graduating are 24 football players, 17 track athletes, five women's basketball players, four each from both soccer and softball, three each from both men's basketball, and men's and women's tennis, two golfers, one gymnast and one volleyball player.
In all, approximately 51 percent of USU's student-athletes earned a 3.2 GPA to qualify for the awards.
As a fifth-year senior, Nikita Ryashchenko will be contributing to the USU men's tennis team as a graduate assistant.
Ryashchenko, from St. Petersburg, Russia, started his college tennis career at Southeastern Oklahoma. He transferred to Utah State for the 2009-10 season, which he ended with a 16-12 record. His senior season, he finished with a singles record of 13-13. With partner Jakob Asplund, he had an 18-8 record in doubles action.
Ryashchenko will graduate in May, 2012 with a degree in business.
2010 (Jr.): Finished the season with a 16-12 record in singles action, including a 1-0 mark at the No. 1 spot and a 8-4 mark at the No. 6 spot... Also posted an 8-5 doubles record at the No. 3 spot with partner Alex Thatcher, including a the season-high doubles WAC winning record of 2-1.
Personal: Born June 6, 1990... Son of Alexandz Bozisovich and Elena Uzievna Volkova... Has one sibling... Majoring in business.
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