Ryan earns MVC 1st team Scholar-Athlete honors

Following his recognition as the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year, Evansville senior Colt Ryan was named to the Scholar Athlete First Team on Monday.

Ryan was one of six players named to the first team while six others earned a berth on the second team.  It marked the second year in a row that Ryan earned First Team honors and the Batesville, Ind. product also earned MVC Scholar Athlete of the Year honors in each of the last two seasons.

It is the 11th time an Evansville player has made the list and just the third time a player earned the honor on more than one occasion.  Clint Cuffle made the team in 2003 and 2004 while Jason Holsinger made it in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and is the only player for UE to ever receive recognition three times.

The criteria for the Missouri Valley Conference's Scholar-Athlete Team voting parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for Capital One Academic All-America voting. Nominees must be starters or important reserves with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average (4.0 scale). Student-athletes must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen were not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at their institution. He must have played in 75 percent of his team's games, or played in the MVC Championship this past week.