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Air Force lone Mountain West football program to earn academic award

May 3, 2017 Updated: May 3, 2017 at 1:39 pm
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photo - Air Force players raise their arms in victory after singing the school song after defeating Boise State in the second half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at Air Force Academy, Colo. Air Force won 27-20. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Air Force players raise their arms in victory after singing the school song after defeating Boise State in the second half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at Air Force Academy, Colo. Air Force won 27-20. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) 

Air Force was the lone football team in the Mountain West to earn an NCAA Public Recognition Award for finishing with an Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent of its sport.

The conference made the announcement on Wednesday, trumpeting awards for a record 28 teams in the league. The Falcons also earned honors in men’s and women’s tennis. The women’s team was recognized for the sixth consecutive year.

The full APR scores will be released on May 10. The APR is a composite score that measures eligibility, graduation and retention for each academic semester to provide a picture of overall academic performance for programs. Those not reaching a certain threshold are not eligible for postseason play and can face further penalties.

For Air Force football, this is the eighth straight year to rank among the nation’s best academically.

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