Dec. 7, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Fifty-nine Purdue student-athletes received Academic All-Big Ten recognition when the conference office announced its fall honorees Wednesday.
Twenty-one members of the cross country program (12 women and nine men), 20 football players, 12 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 14 student-athletes around the conference to be highlighted for compiling a 4.0 GPA. The sophomore also led the Boilers in assists while exceling as a central midfielder this fall.
Volleyball's Ariel Turner was Purdue's most athletically accomplished Academic All-Big Ten honoree of the fall, highlighted by her selection as the Boilers' first Big Ten Volleyball Player of the Year since 1985. She and setter Rachel Davis, also an Academic All-Big Ten honor roll student, have led Purdue to 29 victories and another deep run in the NCAA Tournament. Both players were recognized as the AVCA National Player of the Week this fall.
Led by Academic All-Big Ten honorees like Chris Carlino, Albert Evans, Joe Holland and Josh Johnson, football posted four of its six wins in conference play this year to earn the program's first bowl berth since 2007. Holland, an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection at linebacker by both the coaches and media, was in New York this week being recognized by the National Football Foundation as one of 16 players nationally to receive a postgraduate scholarship. Carlino, meanwhile, was selected as the program's special teams MVP for the second year in a row.
Holland, Turner and football tight end Crosby Wright were each named Academic All-District earlier this fall and have advanced to the national ballot from which the Academic All-America teams are selected. Holland is likely to become a two-time Academic All-America honoree.
From cross country, Academic All-Big Ten honorees Stephen Schulz (Indiana Intercollegiates) and Alice Feslier Holmes (IU East Invitational) were both an individual race winner this fall. Cale Allen finished second to Schulz and Kayla McCurdy second to Feslier Holmes at those respective meets.
Seven of the 12 women's soccer players honored were from the program's senior class. Among that group, Kellie Phillips scored all of her team-leading seven goals in Big Ten play, matching a program record with a score in five consecutive contests. Brookley Rogers never missed a game during her four-year career, starting 54 consecutive matches from 2009 through the end of her senior season.
Women's Cross Country (12)
Alice Feslier Holmes