Dec. 6, 2012
2011-12 Academic All-Big Ten Lists: Fall | Winter | Spring
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Forty-six Purdue student-athletes received Academic All-Big Ten recognition when the conference office announced its lists of fall honorees Thursday.
Fourteen members of the cross country program (10 women and four men), 16 football players, 10 members of the women's soccer team and six volleyball players were among the Boilermakers honored for their success in the classroom. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten honors, a student-athlete must have compiled a grade-point average of 3.0 and above and be at least a sophomore academically.
Individually, Mollie Kuramoto of women's soccer was one of 18 student-athletes around the conference to be highlighted for compiling a 4.0 GPA. The junior was among the seven Boilers to post a 4.0 GPA during the 2011-12 school year. She redshirted this season due to a knee injury suffered in the spring but is expected to return to her starting central midfielder role for the 2013 college soccer season.
Volleyball's Ariel Turner was Purdue's most athletically accomplished Academic All-Big Ten honoree of the fall. The 2011-12 Purdue Female Athlete of the Year was named First Team All-Big Ten for the second year in a row and is likely to be an All-America honoree on the court and in the classroom again. She and setter Rachel Davis, also an Academic All-Big Ten honor roll and Academic All-District student-athlete, have led Purdue to another 20-win season and deep run in the NCAA Tournament. Middle blockers Anna Drewry and Kierra Jones are also Academic All-Big Ten performers that have been constants on the court this season. The Boilermakers take on Minnesota Friday in the Sweet 16 Round of an NCAA Regional held at Mackey Arena this weekend.
Led by Academic All-Big Ten honorees like Rob Henry, Robert Kugler, Robert Maci, Robert Marve and Crosby Wright, football closed the regular season on a three-game win streak to qualify for the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day. The program will be making back-to-back bowl game appearances for the first time since 2006 and 2007 while playing its first New Year's Day game since the 2004 Capital One Bowl. Kugler and Maci were named Purdue's most improved players at the Dec. 3 team banquet.
Soccer's team leaders in goals (Jordan Pawlik) and assists (Alex Hairston) were among the Academic All-Big Ten honorees. Pawlik's nine goals in her first season with the program were the most by a Boiler since 2007. She posted the fourth hat trick in program history in the Sept. 2 win against Evansville. Hairston became the first Boiler with three multi-assist games in the same season, accomplishing the feat in three consecutive games.
Among the harriers, Kelly McCurdy posted the Purdue women's top two 6K times of the season, highlighted by being the team's top finisher at the Big Ten Championships. Blair Doney finished in the Top 10 in each of the first three meets of the season in which she competed, recording the team's second-best 5K time of the year at a meet in Chicago. Allan Appiah had the top 6K and 8K times of the season among the men's honorees.
The conference office also awards Academic All-Big Ten distinction in the winter and spring seasons and will present the Distinguished Scholar Award at the end of the academic year. Student-athletes eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award must be letterwinners in at least their second year in residence 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.
Michael Rouse III