ROSEMONT, Ill. - Sixty-four University of Illinois student-athletes in eight spring sports earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition, the conference office announced Wednesday. The Illini boasted 21 men's track and field athletes, 13 women's track and field athletes, 10 softball players, seven baseball players, six men's and women's golfers, five men's tennis players and two women's tennis players.
Academic All-Big Ten honors are bestowed upon student-athletes who have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, earned an athletic letter and are in at least their second year at their institution. In total, the Big Ten Conference recognized 1,217 spring and at-large sports student-athletes.
Illinois had 55 honorees in the fall and 46 selections in the winter, meaning 165 student-athletes were recognized by the conference throughout the 2013-14 academic year. The conference office will present the Distinguished Scholar Award this summer.
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. 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 2014 spring sports Academic All-Big Ten honorees is below.