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Thirty-Five WCU Student-Athletes Earn SoCon Fall All-Academic Honors

2016 SoCon Fall All-Academic Team 

Jan. 17, 2017
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Thirty-five Western Carolina University student-athletes were among the 318 who earned spots on the Fall 2016 Academic All-Southern Conference Team, the league office announced Tuesday. The Catamounts had the third most on the team behind Mercer (52) and ETSU (45) and the most for a team that does not sponsor men's soccer.

Each of the SoCon's 10 institutions had at least 21 honorees, representing the sports of men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's soccer and volleyball.

Western Carolina football led the way for the Catamounts with 12 members on the Fall All-Academic team. Women's soccer was close behind with nine.

Women's cross country student-athlete Laney Browder just missed a 4.0 with a 3.99 GPA in Chemistry. Browder was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 3 team selected by CoSIDA in the spring.

To be eligible for the academic all-conference team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative grade-point average at the conclusion of the fall semester and were required to compete in at least one-half of their teams' competitions during the recently concluded campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least three semesters at their institutions, making true freshmen and first-year transfers ineligible for inclusion.

The league's nine football teams led the way with 88 academic all-conference selections, while the 10 women's soccer schools were second with 85 and the nine volleyball programs were third with 47.