Three-time NCAA Division I football national champion North Dakota State closed its best academic year with a school-record 65 student-athletes named to the 2013-14 Missouri Valley Football Conference honor roll announced Tuesday, June 17.
North Dakota State had its highest football team grade-point averages in 10 years of Division I competition. The Bison averaged a 2.84 GPA in the fall semester, a 2.96 in the spring and 2.90 overall.
The President’s Council Academic Excellence Award goes to student-athletes within 18 hours of gradution who have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA (through fall 2013) and have participated in athletics a minimum of two years. NDSU’s Ryan Drevlow, Andrew Grothmann, Justin Juckem and Danny Luecke were four of the 22 student-athletes who earned the league’s highest academic achievement.
The Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award requires a minimum 3.2 GPA for the previous two semesters. To qualify for the honor roll, students had a 3.0 GPA for the fall term, were a member of the football team, and were enrolled for 12 hours during the fall.
North Dakota State’s 65 award winners topped the team’s previous high of 43 during the 2011-12 season. Here are the NDSU honorees:
PRESIDENTS COUNCIL ACADEMIC AWARD — Ryan Drevlow; Andrew Grothmann; Justin Juckem; Danny Luecke.
COMMISSIONER’S ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD – Zachary Baker; Joey Blackmore; Andrew Bonnet; Myles Brooks; Jedre Cyr; Ryan Drevlow; Christian Dudzik; Dylan Dunn; Kyle Emanuel; Andrew Grothmann; Jesse Hinz; Hank Jacobs; Brock Jensen; Cole Jirik; Justin Juckem; Danny Luecke; Nate Moody; Grant Olson; Brian Schaetz; Esley Thorton; Billy Turner; Zach Vraa; Carson Wentz.
HONOR ROLL – Luke Albers; Justin Axelson; Zachary Baker; Joey Blackmore; Andrew Bonnet; Myles Brooks; Jedre Cyr; Tory Dalbec; Nick DeLuca; Ryan Drevlow; Christian Dudzik; Dylan Dunn; Kyle Emanuel; James Fisher; Alex Fontaine; Isaiah Frandsen; James Gates; Trevor Gebhart; Pierre Gee-Tucker; Tyler Gefroh; Mike Goergen; Andrew Grothmann; Mike Hardie; Jesse Hinz; Keenan Hodenfield; Hank Jacobs; Brock Jensen; Cole Jirik; Justin Juckem; Adam Keller; Jeremy Kelly; Derrick Lang; Alex LaVoy; Anthony LaVoy; Ben LeCompte; Bo Liekhus; Carlton Littlejohn; Danny Luecke; Grant Maris; Derek McGinnis; Bryce Messner; Nate Moody; Chase Morlock; Andrew Nack; Sam Ojuri;Grant Olson; Eric Perkins; Brendin Pierre; Jack Plankers; Daniel Polansky; Jason Pomerenke; Brock Russell; Peter Saintal; Dan Sargeant; Brian Schaetz; Andrew Smith; Ryan Smith; Esley Thorton; Billy Turner; Zach Vraa; Cooper Wahlo; DeSean Warren; Carson Wentz; Carey Woods; Tyler Wrice.