Sep 7, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini fans during halftime against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Fighting Illini Earn 64 Spring Academic All-Big Ten Selections

On Wednesday, the Illinois Fighting Illini saw 64 of their spring student-athletes from eight different sports named to the Academic All-Big Ten team.

Among the 64 student-athletes, there were seven from baseball, three from men’s golf, five from men’s tennis, 21 from men’s track & field, ten from softball, three from women’s golf, two from women’s tennis, and 13 from women’s track & field.

In order for a student-athlete to make the Academic All-Big Ten, they must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better, earn an athletic letter and be in at least their second year at their institution.

Illinois had 55 student-athletes make the Academic All-Big Ten team following the fall season and 46 following the winter. This means that the Illini has a total of 165 student-athletes on the Academic All-Big Ten team for the academic year of 2013-2014.

As a conference, the Big Ten recognized 1,217 students from this past spring semester.

They will also present the Distinguished Scholar Award this summer.

Per fightingillini.com, “Student-athletes eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award must be letterwinners in at least their second year at their institution. Qualifying student-athletes must have earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher for the current academic year, excluding summer school.”

For a complete list of all Illini athletes to make Academic All-Big Ten, click here.

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