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Rutgers Football: Truly Student-Athletes

by Sal Soothsayer | Posted on Thursday, May 15th, 2014
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Rutgers football program continued to show excellence in the classroom as the student-athletes achieved an Academic Progress Rate that ranked the team 10th in the nation.

Rutgers football team scored 980 which led the American Athletic Conference ahead of second place UCF.  In the fourteen team newly configured Big Ten, Rutgers score would have ranked third trailing conference leader Northwestern (991) but comfortably ahead of conference laggard Penn State (954).

In the fall of 2013, 43 members of the team earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and 24 players achieved Dean’s List status with a GPA of 3.5 or above.

Three student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 GPA while the team finished with a 2.96 GPA, a record high for the program.  Rutgers is one of only 13 Football Bowl Subdivision programs to be ranked in the top 10 percent in the APR scores.

“It is a credit to the hard work by our student-athletes in the classroom and the excellent guidance and direction from Jenna Beverly and our academic support staff to achieve our sixth Top-10 APR score in the last seven years,” said Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood.

In addition, Rutgers was the only institution to win four bowl games while earning the APR honor in the top 10 percent over the previous seven-year span.

The APR is a measurement used by the NCAA to determine if student-athletes are making appropriate progress towards graduation by tracking the academic progress of every student-athlete.  The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport.

Failure to show progress can result in punishment as UConn Huskies fans remember all too when the men’s basketball team was banned from the NCAA tournament in 2013.

This year 36 teams are ineligible for post-season competition and others received various punishments, most notably Oklahoma State’s football team which is required to lose one practice day per week.


2013 Big Ten Conference APR Scores

Northwestern 991
Wisconsin 989

Rutgers 980

Nebraska 980
Michigan 975
Ohio State 972
Indiana 972
Iowa 969
Minnesota 962
Michigan State 962
Purdue 961
Illinois 957
Penn State 954

Maryland 950


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