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NDSU places school-record 71 on Valley Football Honor Roll

Five-time defending NCAA Division I football national champion NDSU set a school record for the third straight year with 71 student-athletes named to the 2015-16 Missouri Valley Football Conference honor roll announced June 27.

The President’s Council Academic Excellence Award goes to student-athletes within 18 hours of graduation who have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA through fall 2015 and have participated in athletics a minimum of two years.  NDSU wide receiver Zach Vraa and quarterback Carson Wentz were two of the 23 student-athletes who earned the league's highest academic achievement.

The Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award requires a minimum 3.2 GPA for the previous two semesters. To qualify for the honor roll, students had a 3.0 GPA for the fall term, were a member of the football team, and were enrolled for 12 hours during the fall.

NDSU's 71 award winners topped the previous record of 65 honor roll members in both 2013 and 2014.  Here are the NDSU honorees:

President’s Council Academic Excellence Award – Zach Vraa, Carson Wentz

Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award – Brad Ambrosius, Luke Bacon, Chris Board, Andrew Bonnet, Keenan Hodenfield, Ben LeCompte, Dan Marlette, Greg Menard, Nate Moody, Chase Morlock, Erik Olson, Matt Plank, Daniel Polansky, Brian Schaetz, Darrius Shepherd, Easton Stick, Tanner Volson, Zach Vraa, Carson Wentz

Honor Roll – Luke Albers, Jack Albrecht, Brad Ambrosius, Bruce Anderson, Matt Anderson, Eric Bachmeier, Luke Bacon, Bryce Bennot, Chris Board, Andrew Bonnet, Jake Brinkman, Ty Brooks, Jaxon Brown, Isaac Cenescar, Jordan Champion, Colin Conner, Jack Darnell, Cole Davis, Dom Davis, Tre Dempsey, Lance Dunn, Ross Effertz, Ben Ellefson, Austin Farnlof, James Fisher, Isaiah Frandsen, Pierre Gee-Tucker, Robbie Grimsley, Khayvon Hawkins, Keenan Hodenfield, Jeff Illies, Stanley Jones, Levi Jordheim, Cole Karcz, Jeremy Kelly, Isaac Lashua, Ben LeCompte, Bo Liekhus, Garrett Malstrom, Dan Marlette, Quinten McCoy, Greg Menard, Aaron Mercadel, Bryce Messner, Nate Moody, Grant Morgan, Chase Morlock, Erik Olson, Peder Olson, Cam Pedersen, Eric Perkins, Matt Plank, Daniel Polansky, Dakota Reid, Brock Robbins, Brian Schaetz, Darrius Shepherd, Braden Sikes, CJ Smith, Easton Stick, MJ Stumpf, Christian Triplett, Derrek Tuszka, Jarrod Tuszka, RJ Urzendowski, Tanner Volson, Zach Vraa, Carson Wentz, Connor Wentz, Blake Williams, Zack Ziemer

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