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USU Athletics: Aggies fall sports tied for first in Mountain West with 61 student-athletes earning academic all-conference honors

The Mountain West announced its fall all-academic teams Wednesday, and Utah State tied for the conference lead as it had 61 student-athletes recognized from the sports of cross-country, football, soccer and volleyball.

Of its 61 academic all-Mountain West selections, Utah State had 21 student-athletes from football honored, along with 15 student-athletes from soccer, nine each from women’s cross-country and volleyball, and seven from men’s cross-country. The nine honorees from women’s cross-country were tied for first in the conference, while football’s 21 selections were second and soccer’s 15 selections were tied for second. Volleyball’s nine honorees were the third most in the Mountain West, and men’s cross-country’s seven selections ranked fourth.

Utah State and New Mexico tied for the Mountain West lead with 61 all-academic honorees each, while Fresno State was third with 51 honorees and Wyoming was fourth with 50. San José State was fifth with 49 academic all-Mountain West performers, followed by Boise State (42), UNLV (39), Colorado State (38), Nevada (38), San Diego State (33), Air Force (29) and Hawai’i (19), which is a football-only affiliate.

Five of Utah State’s 61 student-athletes from its fall sports to earn academic all-Mountain West honors carried a 4.00 grade point average, including football players LT Filiaga (physical and sports education), B.J. Larsen (physical and sports education) and Brian Suite (physical and sports education); cross-country runner Diane Leach (elementary education); and soccer player Erin Rickenbach (physics teaching).

Senior Eric Shellhorn, who competes in cross-country, as well as indoor and outdoor track for Utah State, has now earned academic all-conference honors nine times in his career, including four times in cross-country. Senior volleyball/track athlete Rachel Orr earned her eighth academic all-conference honor this fall, including her fourth in volleyball. Senior cross-country/track athletes Tom Derr and Kade Jensen have now each earned academic all-conference honors six times, including three times in cross-country, and junior cross-country/track athlete Amanda Stoudt earned her fifth academic all-conference honor and her third in cross-country.

Student-athletes who are earning academic all-conference honors for the fourth time include football player Larsen, cross-country runner Mike Bills; soccer players Lexie Morgan and Taryn Rose; and volleyball players Paige Neves, Ashlan Rogers-Court and Kaitlyn VanHoff. Three-time honorees include football players Jaron Bentrude, Jordan Nielsen, Travis Seefeldt and Brian Suite; cross-country runners Joanna Boyd, Karlee Deeter, Tori Parkinson and Colby Wilson; and soccer players Kylie Dibb, Maris Hamblin, Lexie Henrie and Brooke Larsen-Leavitt.

Furthermore, of the 61 student-athletes to earn fall academic all-Mountain West honors for Utah State, 35 are receiving the accolade for at least the second time.

To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletic team.

Doug Hoffman is the associate athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.