Scott Kuehn, Matt Myers and Steve Nelson were among the 22 redbirds selected to the list of more than 450 that were named to the 2013-2014 Missouri Valley Football Honor Roll.
Kuehn, Myers and Nelson also captured the league’s highest academic achievement by receiving the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) President’s Council Academic Excellence Award. This award requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 along with a minimum two years of participation in athletics. They must also be within 18 hours of graduation.
“All the credit goes to our players for working hard and focusing on their studies,” ISU head coach Brock Spack said. “They did a great job and our coaching staff, the staff at the Karin L. Bone Athletics Study Center including Dr. Paul Downey, Kyle Sny and Keenan Wimbley, and our academic advisors, including Julie Paska, were crucial in helping them achieve their goals in the classroom.”
The MVFC also announced its 2013-2014 honor roll which requires a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher along with having played for their school’s respective football team.
This list contained 55 current and former redbirds including All Americans Colton Underwood and Chris Highland. This group helped the redbirds set a new football team GPA record this spring with a cumulative team GPA of 2.941 beating their record set in the fall of 2.759.
“Our main goal as a staff when we started here was to upgrade the academic standards of the football program,” Spack said. “We set out a benchmark of 3.0 for our players and felt that was very achievable, but a lot of people thought that was reaching a bit. With a 2.94 this semester, we’ve proved that a 3.0 is very attainable and as a program, we want to live up to the high academic standard of Illinois State University and the athletic department.”