The 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Men’s Soccer Team was released on Tuesday with Michigan State’s Ryan Keener garnering recognition on the first team.
Keener, a senior defender from Grand Blanc, Mich., is a kinesiology major with a 3.94 grade-point-average. He is a three-year Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Keener has totaled six goals, three game-winning goals and six assists in his career. The Spartans have advanced to the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament and will host Washington on Sunday.
Since 1952, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has honored more than 20,000 outstanding student-athletes with this prestigious award. The award recognized top student-athletes in the nation for their athletic and academic performances. In order to be recognized, the student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director.