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Top 25 of 2012: Athletes score academically

December 18, 2012
Ryan Neir

Ryan Neir

As 2012 draws to a close, NIU Today is offering a look back at 25 of the top stories from the year.

No. 13

It was a great year for Huskie athletes on the field and in the classroom.

Three Huskie football players were named to the Capital One Academic All-America© Division I Football Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The selection of defensive end Alan Baxter to the first team and noseguard Nabal Jefferson and tight end Jason Schepler. It was the first time three NIU football players have ever made the list.

Four Huskie athletes were named 1A FAR Academic Excellence award recipients.

NIU volleyball player Kristin Hoffman, punter Ryan Neir of the Huskie football team, women’s golfer Kelsie Passolt and track and field’s Jenner Sio were among 55 awardees from Mid-American Conference schools on the list.