Ricondo Earns Academic Honor

Nov. 2, 2010

East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State senior co-captain Jeff Ricondo has been named to the All-District First Team for College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America honors, presented by ESPN. The Wheaton, Illinois native owns a 3.69 grade point average as a marketing major. Ricondo will now advance on to the national ballot, where he is eligible for Academic All-America honors.

To qualify for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must have a 3.3 cumulative grade point average, at least sophomore academic standing, and must be a starter or significant reserve for his/her team. First, second, and third teams are selected in each region, with the First Team regional picks advancing on to the national ballot.

Ricondo is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, and is a three-year starter for the Spartan men's soccer squad. He has appeared in all but three games in his career - all due to a recent injury - and earned a starting role at the beginning of his sophomore season. This year, he is fifth on the team in MSU's balanced scoring attack - nine players have scored a goal this season - and in his career, he owns a 12-15-39 scoring line in 72 career matches.

Ricondo helped team to regular-season and Big Ten Tournament championships as a sophomore in 2008, and is a part of an impressive senior class which will likely become the first class in school history to qualify for the NCAA Tournament in each of their four varsity seasons.

The senior is looking to become just the third Academic All-American in MSU men's soccer history. In 2002, Tyler Robinson was a Second Team pick, and Doug DeMartin earned First Team honors in 2008.

Ricondo and the Spartans will host No. 2 Akron on Wednesday at DeMartin Stadium.