Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sixteen Tigers Named to Academic Team

Missouri one of four teams with double-digit first team distinctions 

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Big 12 Conference has named 134 student-athletes to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 Football team, the league office announced on Thursday. Of those 134 student-athletes, 16 are members of the Missouri Football team. The Tigers were one of four teams with double-digit first team distinctions.

Among those honored, six were nominated with a grade point average of 4.00, including Missouri’s Matt Hoch and De’Vion Moore.

 The Academic All-Big 12 Football Team includes 86 first team honorees and 48 second team members.

First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.