Leonhard, Ring earn academic honors

UW safety Jim Leonhard and women's soccer player Jessica Ring earn Academic All-America acclaim

Wisconsin senior free safety Jim Leonhard was named to the 2004 ESPN The Magazine first-team Academic All-American team, which was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Leonhard, a second-team pick in 2003, is the first Badger first-team Academic All-American since Don Davey earned the honor in 1990. Tuesday, Leonhard was named first-team All-Big Ten for the third consecutive season.

Earlier this year was named a recipient of the prestigious National Football Foundation postgraduate scholarship, an $18,000 award. As a recipient of that honor, Leonhard will attend the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Dinner Dec. 7 in New York City.

Ring makes academic third team

Women's soccer defender and tri-captain Jessica Ring was named a third-team Academic All-American after earning a 4.0 grade point average in her legal studies major.

The College Sports Information Directors of America named Ring to the ESPN The Magazine list. Ring, a fourth-year junior, was also a CoSIDA Academic All-District V pick in 2003 and 2004.

Ring is the first Badger women's soccer player to make the list since Shannon Brown made the second team in 1998. Ring had one goal and one assist, while starting all 23 matches in the Badgers' 2004 campaign.

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