Boise State ranks No. 2 in APR

Boise State has the academic chops to go with all its football success.

The Broncos have posted the second-highest multi-year Academic Progress Rate score among all FBS teams, the NCAA announced Wednesday. Boise State tied Duke for the No. 2 spot with a score of 989. Northwestern had the nation’s best score at 995.

That means Boise State is the only school in the nation to finish in the Top 10 in the final football rankings and receive a Public Recognition Award for its APR success. The Broncos were No. 8 in the final AP poll.

The APR tracks the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship, accounting for eligibility, retention and graduation to provide a measure of each team’s academic performance. This year’s analysis covers a four-year period from 2007-08 through 2010-11.

FBS schools that received NCAA Public Recognition Awards for finishing in the Top 10 percent in APR scores:

1. Northwestern 995

2. Duke 989

2. Boise State 989

4. Ohio State 988

5. Northern Illinois 987

6. Rice 986

7. Clemson 983

7. Middle Tennessee State 983

9. Rutgers 982

10. Air Force 980

10. Miami 980

12. Vanderbilt 978