Dec. 11, 2013
ROSEMONT, Ill. -
The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized a total of 867 fall sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team. The list of honored student-athletes features 74 field hockey players, 268 football players, 75 men's and 141 women's cross country runners, 81 men's and 153 women's soccer players and 75 volleyball players. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
At least 20 of these student-athletes have maintained unblemished cumulative GPAs:
Faye Adelaja, Purdue volleyball (So., Movement and Sport Sciences)
Amir Alwan, Wisconsin men's cross country (So., Undecided)
Hannah Boyer, Indiana field hockey (Sr., Professional Health Education)
Jeff Budzien, Northwestern football (Gr., Sports Administration)
Maggie Halloran, Michigan State volleyball (So., Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science)
Margaret Harding, Penn State volleyball (Sr., Food Science)
Lane Hovey, Nebraska football (Jr., Business Administration)
Haley Kerstetter, Penn State field hockey (So., Communications)
Katie Kraeutner, Nebraska women's soccer (So., Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science)
Sarah Mazur, Iowa women's soccer (So., Engineering)
Nandi Mehta, Northwestern women's soccer (So., Undeclared)
Minori Minagawa, Ohio State women's cross country (So., Exercise Science)
Rebecca Rings, Ohio State women's cross country (So., Bio Science)
Kathleen Rodden, Penn State women's cross country (Jr., Kinesiology)
Dana Steffen, Wisconsin women's cross country (Jr., Pharmacy)
Jocelyn Todd, Iowa women's cross country (Jr., Biomedical Engineering)
John Urschel, Penn State football (Gr., Mathematics).
Alexis Wiersma, Michigan State women's cross country (So., Journalism),
Taylor Zimprich, Wisconsin women's cross country (So., Business - Accounting).
Garret Zuk, Michigan State men's cross country (So., Mathematics)
The conference office also awards Academic All-Big Ten distinction in the winter and spring seasons and will present the Distinguished Scholar Award at the end of the academic year. Student-athletes eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award must be letterwinners in at least their second year in residence at their institution. Qualifying student-athletes must have earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher for the current academic year, excluding summer school. The Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award was established by conference Faculty Representatives as an addition to the conference's Academic All-Big Ten program.
The complete listing of 2013 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for fall sports can be found by clicking on the link at the top of the page.