For the first time in school history, Northwestern's fall student-athletes cracked the 100-award mark by earning a conference-best 104 Academic All-Big Ten honors across six sports, the conference announced in December.


The 104 awards eclipse NU's previous school-best total of 97 in 2011 and represents an incredible climb from 68 such honors in the fall of 2007, which at the time was NU's best-ever single-quarter Academic All-Big Ten performance.


Northwestern is the lone Big Ten school to earn more than 100 Academic All-Big Ten awards during the fall season, topping Indiana's 94 and Michigan State's 90. Both IU and MSU sponsor seven fall sports while NU fields six varsity squads.


NU football topped its own program record with 36 total honorees, besting its previous high of 34 earned in 2012. This season is the Wildcats' fourth straight with more than 30 Academic All-Big Ten award winners.


To earn Academic All-Big Ten recognition, an athlete must be in at least his or her second year at the institution, letter in his or her sport, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.


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