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Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Hit New Academic High During Fall Semester

by on January 15, 2015 6:00 AM

Penn State athletics has always been known for strong academics, but the Nittany Lion football team hit a noteworthy mark this fall with 51 squad members earning at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

That's the second-highest total in program history.

The team set records with 25 student-athletes earning Dean’s List recognition, 57 players owning a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher after the fall semester and 21 true freshmen posting a 3.0 GPA or better last fall.

The number of true freshmen earning a 3.0 GPA surpassed the previous record of 17 which was achieved in each of the past two fall semesters.

“We take a great deal of pride in our academic performance and we are committed to a high level of success and achievement in the classroom and on the field,” Penn State coach James Franklin said. “I have been so impressed by the dedication, work-ethic and pride our players have demonstrated with all their academic and team responsibilities. We want our players to have the complete student-athlete experience at Penn State.”

The 51 football student-athletes with 3.0 GPA or higher last fall trails only the record 55 honorees from the 2008 fall semester.

The previous high for Dean’s List honorees was 20 in the fall 2012 semester. The 25 Dean’s List honorees are nearly double the 13 recipients  during the fall 2013 semester.

A total of 348 Penn State football student-athletes, including 20 in 2014, have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors since 1993 for owning at least a 3.0 grade point average and also being a letter winner.

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