Rutgers has been justifiably proud of its academic reputation. And the student side of student-athlete at Rutgers has not been ignored. With the release of the Big Ten Conference's Academic All-Conference teams, we can make some comparisons. The full Big Ten list can be found here. The Rutgers only list is here.
There were 27 RU football players who were named Academic All-Big Ten. And they weren't all backups. By my count, 13 of the 27 were either starters or players who received significant playing time, including Michael Burton, Leonte Carroo, Kyle Federico, Paul James, Tyler Kroft, Julian Pinnix-Odrick, and, of course, David Milewski. The list also included Savon Huggins, and bravo to him!
Among the schools, Rutgers had the third highest total (tied with Illinois and Wisconsin) of football players make the list. The biggest surprise to me were the totals at Michigan (12) and Michigan State (11, and last).
The Scarlet team with the largest percentage of players for its sport was Field Hockey. Of the 91 FH players who were named Academic All-Big Ten, 11 were from Rutgers. That's just over 12% of all the field hockey players who received the honor. It included junior Nicole Imbriaco (Finance And Business Analytics) who was one of only 26 Big Ten athletes who had a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Of the 31 players on the RU women's team, 15 were named Academic All Conference. Junior Maggie Morash recorded a perfect GPA while majoring in Genetics. Brianne Reed, a third team All American, was also included in the academic list.
Total by team
|Field Hockey||Football||M XC||W XC||M Soccer||W Soccer||Volleyball||Total|
Analysis: Figures never lie and liars never figure
There may or may not be any connection with having academically strong players and winning championships. I'm not sure you could draw any real conclusions from the B1G's fall season. In virtually every sport, Rutgers had more Academic All Conference players than the sports' champions. And while I want to win on the field, I'm very pleased that we produced as many true scholar-athletes as we did.
Note: MSU Women's Cross Country had 21 All-Academics from a squad of 41. Rutgers only carried a squad of 13.
To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.