Starr named academic all-America

austin.bmpFrom an IU press release:

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STARR EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA HONOR

BLOOINGTON, Ind. – Adding to his list of postseason recognitions, Indiana junior kicker Austin Starr was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. Starr is just the sixth IU player to earn Academic All-America accolades and a Hoosier has now received the recognition three straight seasons (Will Meyers ­ 2005, ’06).

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program¹s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.

Starr became eligible for Academic All-America status by garnering his second consecutive nod as an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V honoree. A biology major, Starr has twice been named Academic All-Big Ten
and will be looking for his third honor this winter.

For his performance on the field, the Logansport, Ind., native was named a finalist for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, collected All-Big Ten honors and earned a spot on the Rivals.com All-Big Ten team. Starr set a
new school record with 19 field goals this season, topping former NFL great Pete Stoyanovich’s 17 in 1988. He also extended his school record by making his 15th attempt in a row in the first half of the Purdue game before
missing a 42-yarder in the fourth quarter.

Starr has matched Stoyanovich’s record for single-season extra points with 45, finishing the regular season with a perfect 45-for-45 mark as Stoyanovich did back in 1988. He has also moved up the single-season points
list, sitting in fourth place at 102. Starr has hit 19-of-21 field goals this season (a school record 90.5 percent) and has nailed 10-of-11 from 40-plus yards (90.9).