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Badgers place seven on Academic All-Big Ten team


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The Wisconsin mens soccer team saw seven of its student-athletes earn Academic All-Big Ten Conference awards for the 2008 season, with the league announcing its list of academic honorees Wednesday.

Senior forward athid=5211&deptid=122"> --> Victor Diaz became a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, while senior defender athid=5600&deptid=122"> --> Andy Miller received academic recognition for the third-consecutive season.

Also repeating as an Academic All-Big Ten honorees is junior forward athid=6002&deptid=122"> --> Brian Bultman , who earns academic laurels for the second straight year.

First-time honorees are sophomore defender athid=6599&deptid=122"> --> Cale Cooper , junior goalkeeper athid=6384&deptid=122"> --> Alex Horwath , sophomore midfielder athid=6608&deptid=122"> --> Austin Spohn and junior midfielder athid=6117&deptid=122"> --> Max Wilson .

Diaz, a native of Madrid, Spain, becomes the sixth UW player to earn Academic All-Big Ten distinction four times, and the first since Eric Hanson was recognized from 2001 to 2004. Diaz, a finance, investment and banking major, was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team in 2007 and also is a two-time academic all-region honoree.

Miller, of Barrington, Ill., is a mechanical engineering major and becomes the 30th player in the history of the UW mens soccer program to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors at least three times.

Bultman is a native of Tucson, Ariz., who is majoring in geography, while Horwath, who finished his second year in goal for the Badgers, hails from Woodbine, Md., and is majoring in real estate.

Cooper, a consumer affairs major, and Wilson, who is majoring in genetics, both hail from Madison, Wis. Spohn, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, has yet to declare a major.

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