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Seventy-Eight Student-Athletes Earn Fall Academic All-Big Ten Accolades

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Dec. 13, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.-- Seventy-eight Penn State student-athletes have been honored with Fall Academic All-Big Ten laurels. The Nittany Lions' Football team led Penn State's fall teams with 19 honorees.

Seven fall sports are included in the Big Ten's first of three Academic All-Big Ten releases for 2016-17: men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball. The Big Ten will also announce awards for Winter and Spring/At-Large later this academic year.

Penn State's Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament champions led all conference field hockey programs with its 16 Academic All-Big Ten honorees. The Nittany Lion men's soccer team was tied for second in the Big Ten with its 13 academic all-conference selections. The Big Ten Champion women's soccer team had 14 Academic All-Big Ten recipients.

Penn State women's cross country senior Cara Ulizio (Redondo Beach, Calif.) was recognized for being among the 16 Big Ten fall student-athletes who have maintained a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average. Ulizio is a supply chain management major.

Penn State leads all Big Ten institutions with 5,654 Academic All-Big Ten honorees since 1991-92, its first year of competition in some Big Ten sports. Ohio State is next with 5,574 over the past 25 years.

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, students 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.

Earlier this fall, the NCAA released its annual national graduation rates study, which revealed that Penn State student-athletes earned a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 89 percent compared to the 84 percent average for all Division I institutions for students entering from 2006-07 through the 2009-10 academic year. The 89 percent graduation figure was just one point off Penn State's 90 percent all-time graduation record mark and one point higher than last year's figure.

The NCAA data revealed student-athletes from seven Penn State squads earned a Graduation Success Rate of 100 percent, an increase of two from last year's five teams. The seven Nittany Lion squads posting perfect graduation scores were: men's basketball, field hockey, women's golf, women's gymnastics, men's soccer, softball and women's tennis.

The NCAA also released in November the federal graduation rates for students and student-athletes as it has for the past 26 years. The four-year federal graduation rate average for Penn State student-athletes was 78 percent, No. 3 among Big Ten institutions, and significantly above the 66 percent Division I average.

Two Penn State student-athletes earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors this fall. Nittany Lions Football's Tyler Yazujian (Royersford, Pa.) was selected a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American and women's volleyball standout Haleigh Washington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was selected to the third team. Both earned their second career CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition.

Penn State has had 195 Academic All-Americans all-time, which ranks fifth among all NCAA institutions and fourth among Division I schools.

The complete listing of 2016 Penn State Academic All-Big Ten honorees for fall sports is as follows:

Fall 2016 - Penn State Academic All-Big Ten
Field Hockey
NameYearMajor
Brooke BirosikSr.Recreation, Park And Tourism Management
Shay CannonJr.Biobehavioral Health
Carly CelkosSr.Rehabilitation And Human Services
Colleen ConwaySo.Science
Emilee EhretSr.Education And Public Policy
Kirsten GochnauerSr.Biobehavioral Health
Delani HigginsJr.Rehabilitation And Human Services
Cassie KlineSo.Education
Emily KlinglerSo.Education
Lauren McNallySo.Division Of Undergraduate Studies
Aurelia MeijerSo.Business Administration
Kasey MoranoJr.Childhood And Early Adolescent Education
Moira PutschSo.Journalism
Jenny RizzoSo.Health And Human Development
Mary Nell SmithSo.Division Of Undergraduate Studies
Lisa WintersJr.Business Administration
Football
NameYearMajor
Gordon BentleySr.Finance
Saeed BlacknallJr.Telecommunications
Manny BowenSo.Division Of Undergraduate Studies
Ryan BuchholzSo.Division Of Undergraduate Studies
Jake CooperSo.Communications
Brian GaiaSr.Labor And Employment Relations
Gregg GarritySr.Advertising/Public Relations
Mike GesickiJr.Advertising/Public Relations
Chris GodwinJr.Telecommunications
Chris GullaSr.Finance
Grant HaleyJr.Advertising/Public Relations
DaeSean HamiltonSr.Telecommunications
Juwan JohnsonSo.Theatre
Zach LadonisSr.Aerospace Engineering
Trace McSorleyJr.Accounting
Andrew NelsonSr.Kinesiology
Brandon SmithSr.Nutritional Sciences
Garrett TaylorSo.Communications
Tyler YazujianSr.Information Sciences And Technology
Men's Cross Country
NameYearMajor
Conrad LippertSr.Finance
Women's Cross Country
NameYearMajor
Tessa BarrettJr.Management
Lisa BennatanJr.Journalism
Hannah CatalanoJr.Psychology
Victoria CrawfordJr.Health Policy And Administration
Elizabeth ChikotasJr.Chemical Engineering
Greta Lindsley Jr.Journalism
Cara Ulizio Sr.Supply Chain Management
Men's Soccer
NameYearMajor
Wes BergevinSo.Division Of Undergraduate Studies
Sam BollingerSr.Chemistry
Malik CameronSr.Information Sciences And Technology
Mac CurranSo.Division Of Undergraduate Studies
Ryan Gallagher Jr.Management Information Systems
Riley GrantSr.Labor Studies And Employment Relations
Brennan IrelandSo.Division Of Undergraduate Studies
Travis KeilSo.Division Of Undergraduate Studies
Mason KlerksSr.Science
Ibrahima KouyateSo.Division Of Undergraduate Studies
Austin MaloneySo.Division Of Undergraduate Studies
Dani MarksJr.Political Science
Robby SagelSr.Labor And Employment Relations
Women's Soccer
NameYearMajor
Brittany BasingerSr.Kinesiology
Taylor Campbell-PhippsSo.Biobehavioral Health
Isabelle ClaussJr.Biology
Frannie CrouseJr.Advertising/Public Relations
Nickolette DriesseSr.Recreation, Park And Tourism Management
Haleigh EchardJr.Elementary Education
Cecilia KnaubSo.Information Sciences And Technology
Alina Ortega JuradoSo.Psychology
Megan SchaferJr.Communication Sciences And Disorders
Marissa ShevaSo.Information Sciences And Technology
Liisi Vink-LainasJr.Biomedical Engineering
Angela WidlackiSr.Kinesiology
Charlotte WilliamsSo.Advertising/Public Relations
Salina WillifordSr.Broadcast Journalism
Women's Volleyball
NameYearMajor
Tori GorrellSo.Recreation, Park And Tourism Management
Taylor KrauseSr.Childhood And Early Adolescent Education
Carley MullerSr.Advertising/Public Relations
Jelena NovakovicSo.Division Of Undergraduate Studies
Lainy PierceJr.Advertising/Public Relations
Nia ReedJr.Advertising/Public Relations
Haleigh WashingtonJr.Psychology
Bryanna WeiskircherJr.Communication Arts And Sciences

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