13 Dec 2021 | 16:56 | Cross Country
TAMPA, JULY 31, 2015 – The women’s track and field program led USF with 30 student-athletes on the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.
The men’s track and field team had 10 recognized while men’s cross country had four. The women’s cross country team had 14 represented.
USF Athletics saw 89 student-athletes earn their degrees in the last two semesters and the program posted an overall grade-point average of 3.0 among it’s nearly 500 student-athletes in the 2015 spring academic period.
View a complete list of honorees all-academic honorees HERE (PDF).
To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must have competed in an American Athletic Conference-sponsored sport, attained a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 for the preceding academic year, and completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters of academic work, with a total of 18 semester or 27 quarter credits, not including remedial courses.
The USF football program matched a program record set last year as 23 players earned all-academic honors, including 2014 All-conference punter and 2015 Ray Guy Award candidate Mattias Ciabatti and Mackey Award candidate Sean Price. The Bulls have now seen players earn 46 academic all-conference honors in the first two seasons under Head Coach Willie Taggart.
Two-time all-conference guard and World University Games gold medalist Courtney Williams was one of 10 members of USF’s NCAA Tournament qualifying women’s basketball team to make the list. Freshman All-American Kevin Merrell was one of 15 members of the NCAA qualifying USF baseball team to earn recognition.
All eight members of the women’s tennis team earned recognition. Other Bulls teams earning representation in Thursday’s All-Academic announcement included softball (17), women’s soccer (14), women’s cross country (14), volleyball (13), men’s track and field (9), women’s tennis (8), men’s tennis (6), men’s soccer (6), men’s cross country (4), men’s basketball (2).
USF continues to excel in the classroom.
The Bulls earned a record graduation success rate (GSR) of 83 percent last fall and followed that with all 18 of USF’s evaluated programs exceeded the NCAA’s minimum Academic Progress Rate standards and all but one earning an APR score of 950 or better. USF saw nine of its program’s post APR scores that rank among the top three in their sport in the American Athletic Conference. The football team posted a score of 970 to rank third in The American and third among 11 collegiate football programs in the state of Florida.