(via USF Communications) TAMPA, AUG. 7, 2014 –  A total of 184 USF student-athletes have earned All-Academic Team recognition from the American Athletic Conference for the 2013-14 season. 

The Conference previously announced a record 23 Bulls football players that earned recognition earlier this year and on Wednesday added to that list recognizing 161 other USF student-athletes that earned honors from the Bulls 18 other conference sports teams.

The USF women’s track and field program led by Head Coach Warren Bye and women’s cross country program led by Head Coach Dana Reif led the way for the Bulls with 30 and 27 student-athletes, respectively, earning recognition.

Each member of the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team announced Wednesday must meet the following criteria:

• Competed in an American Athletic Conference-sponsored sport

• Attained a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 for the preceding academic year

• Completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters of academic work, with a total of 18 semester or 27 quarter credits, not including remedial courses.

Other Bulls teams earning representation in Wednesday’s All-Academic announcement included baseball (16), women’s soccer (16), softball (13), men’s track and field (12), men’s soccer (10), women’s golf (8), women’s tennis (8), men’s tennis (6), volleyball (6), men’s cross country (4), men’s golf (3) and women’s basketball (3). 

A complete list of honorees is attached.

USF continues to post great numbers in the classroom.

For the first time in program history, USF Athletics had every one of its 18 evaluated teams earn a score of 950 or better in the NCAA’s most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR). USF joined Rutgers as the only two American Athletic Conference teams to have all teams post an APR of 950 or higher and was one of just 36 Division I-A football-playing schools to accomplish the feat. 

The continued success of USF student-athletes in the classroom was also highlighted by three teams that received NCAA Public Recognition Awards, five teams that posted the highest APR score in their sport in the American Athletic Conference and eight teams that exceeded our equaled their highest APR score since reporting began in 2004-05.

The football program improved its APR score for the fifth-straight season posting a mark of 973 that ranked third in The American as well as second in the state of Florida and 25th nationally among Division I-A football programs. 

Three USF athletic teams, including the American Conference champion men’s and women’s tennis teams, received a Public Recognition Award for APR scores in the top 10 percent nationally in their respective sport during the 2012-13 academic year. The women’s golf program was also recognized and joined the tennis programs in posting a perfect score of 1000. 

Those three teams were joined by softball and women’s cross country in posting the highest APR marks in The American for their respective sports. USF had 12 teams that ranked in the top five of their sport among conference APR scores.