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NCAA honors Boise State football for high academic marks again

The Bleymaier Football Center at Boise State University during a media tour Wednesday April 9, 2014.
The Bleymaier Football Center at Boise State University during a media tour Wednesday April 9, 2014. doswald@idahostatesman.com

For the fourth consecutive year, the NCAA awarded Boise State's football program with a Public Recognition Award for having a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) among the top-10 percent of the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Boise State, Clemson, Duke, Northwestern and Rutgers are the only FBS programs to finish in the top-10 percent each of the last four years.

Boise State, Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Rutgers, Stanford, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, Wisconsin and Utah State earned the Public Recognition Award this year.

According to the NCAA Research Twitter account, Boise State ranked fourth in the latest football APR report. Duke, Northwestern and Wisconsin are the top three and Utah State is fifth.

The full APR reports for each school will be announced May 14. Idaho announced last month that it would be banned from postseason play and lose practice time for not meting NCAA APR standards. UNLV, a member of the Mountain West, is also banned from the postseason for its low APR score.

This APR report covers the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

"As a department and university, we are very proud of the academic success football, women’s golf and all our sports continue to achieve," Boise State Director of Athletics Mark Coyle said in a statement released by the school. "These results are a direct result of the hard work not only by our student-athletes, but by the coaches and academic staff in our department, as we prepare our young people for success after they graduate from Boise State."

Boise State and Utah State are the only Mountain West football programs to earn a Public Recognition Award. The Broncos have had the top score in their conference of the last seven APR reports – five in the WAC and two in the Mountain West.

The Broncos' women's golf team also received the award for the first time. The team posted a 3.65 grade-point average in the fall semester.

Wide receiver D.J. Dean and women's golfer Sammie Pless were the only Boise State student-athletes to earn 4.0 GPAs in consecutive semesters. Dean has done it two consecutive semester; Pless three.

APR track the academic progress of each scholarship student-athlete and counts eligibility, retention and graduation.

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