Nine current plus two former Illinois State student-athletes earned the highest academic award bestowed by the Missouri Valley Conference by earning the President’s Council Academic Award, presented to student-athletes who have maintained a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.8 or higher through the spring semester, participated in athletics for at least two years, and are within 18 credit hours of graduation.

Additionally, Illinois State had a league-high 73 student-athletes earn the Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award, honoring student-athletes who maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher over the previous two semesters and a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. Illinois State also placed a league-leading 233 student-athletes on the MVC Honor Roll, which recognizes student-athletes who recorded a GPA of 3.2 or higher in either semester during the 2016-17 academic year, while completing at least 12 credit hours during that semester.

Meanwhile, the Illinois State football team placed 76 current and former student-athletes on the Missouri Valley Football Conference 2016-17 Honor Roll and two former Redbird football players earned the league’s highest academic achievement by garnering the MVFC President’s Council Academic Excellence Award.