Falcons' Academic Prowess Recognized

By Ron Richards, www.armedforcesbowl.com

Sometimes the 'student' half of the 'student-athlete’ equation seems to get lost when we take a look at big-time college sports.

Not so with the student-athletes playing football for the Air Force Academy.

The Falcons were recently recognized by the NCAA for placing in the top 10 of Football Bowl Series (FBS) programs for Academic Performance. The recognition marks the sixth-straight year – coinciding with coach Troy Calhoun’s tenure at Air Force – the Falcon program has been among schools ranked in the top 10. The Big 10’s Northwestern Wildcats were No.1 in the rankings with a 995 score. Air Force checked at 980.

The APR program highlights teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs in their respective sports.  The APR score is a reflection of the academic progress of each student-athlete within the context of the overall team. The APR considers eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance.

Coincidentally, the Falcons’ opponent in Saturday’s 2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is Rice University and the Owls also placed in the top 10 of the APR rankings, settling in at 6th position with a score of 986.