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Penn State Athletics: 83 Penn State Student-Athletes Earn Fall Academic All-Big Ten Honors

by on December 20, 2013 10:53 AM

Eighty-three Penn State student-athletes from seven Fall teams have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. It's a total number all-time that ranks second among Fall teams at Penn State. 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, sophomore field hockey player Haley Kerstetter, junior women’s cross country runner Katie Rodden, and graduate student football All-American John Urschel.

The Nittany Lion football team was credited with 24 honorees, the largest single team counting towards Penn State's total of 83 student-athletes.

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.

Offensive linemen Garry Gilliam, Adam Gress and Eric Shrive are among the seven football student-athletes scheduled to receive their diplomas on Saturday. Punter Alex Butterworth, wide receiver Alex Kenney, fullback Pat Zerbe and Evan Hailes from the football team also are approved to graduate this weekend.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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