According to a press release from the University of Washington, 17 of the Huskies' 22 athletics programs achieved a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher during the fall quarter -- including the football team, which achieved a 3.0 for the first time since at least the mid-1990s.
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SEATTLE - University of Washington athletics achieved unprecedented success during the fall quarter of 2014, as the Huskies reached several new academic heights and recorded their best-ever finish in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup final fall standings. Over 70-percent of UW’s student-athlete population earned a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or higher, while all six Husky fall sports programs qualified for postseason play, resulting in a No. 7 finish in the Directors’ Cup.
“The progress achieved both academically and athletically this fall is a testament to the hard work and determination of many student-athletes, coaches and administrative staff who represent the purple and the gold,” Scott Woodward, director of athletics, said. "We are very proud of these accomplishments and will continue to strive for excellence.”
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The fall quarter saw 17 of the Huskies’ 22 programs earn a 3.0 GPA or higher, highlighted by first-year head coach Chris Petersen’s football program – the first time a UW football team has earned a 3.0 or higher according to UW academic records dating back to the mid 1990’s. Petersen, who installed a wall display in Husky Stadium’s football operations building honoring student-athletes who earn a 3.0 or higher, stressed the importance of challenging his players to achieve their best and compete in the classroom.
“We’re at an elite university and I think we’ve got some very good students who, at times, can underachieve and get by, unless they're challenged,” Petersen said. “We’ve always found through the years that our best students, our most squared away students, when their academic house is in order turn out to be our best players on the football field.”
The Huskies’ success in the classroom was mirrored by on-field accomplishments, indicated by the Dawgs’ high finish in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup final fall standings. UW’s volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer programs all reached the NCAA tournament’s round of 16, while Washington was one of 17 schools to qualify both men’s and women’s cross country teams for nationals, marking the first time both UW squads have advanced since 2009. UW Football standouts Danny Shelton, Hau’oli Kikaha and Shaq Thompson were all named first-team All-America football selections and Krista Vansant won the Honda Award for the nation’s top collegiate volleyball player for the second consecutive season, and was named the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year.
Through the past decade, the Huskies have averaged a final fall rank of No. 17 in the Directors’ Cup, which measures overall athletic success of all college institutions by awarding points based on team performance.