83 student-athletes earn fall Academic All-Big Ten honors

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Eighty-three Penn State student-athletes from seven fall teams have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, the Nittany Lions’ second-highest number of honorees all-time among fall teams. Included in the total are four Nittany Lion student-athletes with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

Penn State’s four honorees with a 4.0 GPA led all Big Ten institutions, with Michigan State and Wisconsin next with three. The Nittany Lions from fall teams with a 4.0 GPA are senior women’s volleyball player Maggie Harding (State College), a food science major; sophomore field hockey player Haley Kerstetter (Selinsgrove), a communications major; junior women’s cross-country runner Katie Rodden (Ardmore), a kinesiology major; and graduate student football All-American John Urschel (State College), a mathematics major.

Head coach Bill O’Brien’s football team garnered 24 Academic All-Big Ten honorees while head coach Erica Walsh’s women’s soccer squad had 14. The field hockey team, under the guidance of Char Morett, had 12 honorees and Beth Alford-Sullivan’s women’s cross-country had 11. Coach Russ Rose’s women’s volleyball team had nine honorees as did Bob Warming’s men’s soccer squad. Alford-Sullivan’s men’s cross-country squad had four honorees for Penn State’s total of 83.

Now in its 21st year of full membership in the Big Ten, Penn State has had a total of 4,560 Academic All-Big Ten honorees through this fall.

The academic honors come amidst another outstanding fall sports season that concludes this weekend, with the No. 2 women’s volleyball team playing host Washington in the NCAA semifinals at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, on ESPN2. The NCAA Championship match is at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, on ESPN2.

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Last Updated December 18, 2013