DAVIS, Calif. - After earning second place in the fall standings in the race for the 2012-13 Big West Commissioner's Cup, UC Davis student-athletes showed prowess in the classroom as well with 16 Aggies honored on the conference's fall All-Academic Team, it's been announced.
To be eligible for All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must hold a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2, complete one full year at the member institution prior to the season for which the award is credited, and have competed in at least 50 percent of his/her team's competitions.
The men's soccer team had four oustanding players earn distinction - Academic All-American Mustafa Chopan, Brian Ford, Ian Palmer and Matt Sheldon - tying the Aggies with Cal State Northridge, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara for the most honorees. Chopan and Palmer earned repeat recognition on the squad.
The Aggies' 16 winners is their second-highest total for the fall season since joining the Big West Conference in 2007. UC Davis had an impressive season on the fields of competition as well, averaging 134.0 points in the Commissioner's Cup competition to only trail Cal Poly (144.0).
2012 BIG WEST ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE - FALL SPORTS
UC Davis honorees only. Year listed indicates academic year
MEN'S SOCCER Mustafa Chopan (Sr., Citrus Heights, Calif., Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior) Brian Ford (So., Newport Beach, Calif., Exercise Science) Ian Palmer (Jr., Tucson, Ariz., Chemistry) Matt Sheldon (So., Portland, Ore., Aerospace Science & Engineering)