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ASU Athletics: Sun Devils score program-best 987 Academic Progress Rate score for 2014-15

These are some smart Sun Devils.

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Arizona State University athletics netted a single-year Academic Progress Report (APR) score of 987 for the 2014-15 year, an NCAA report said on Wednesday.

The score is the highest single-year total in ASU athletics history.

ASU now has an average score of 985 based on academic eligibility and retention rate from 2011-12 through 2014-15, good for fifth in the Pac-12 Conference.

According to the report, ASU's APR average for all sports has risen up from 937 to 986 over the course of the first 10 years since the metric began, from 2003-04 to 2013-14.

Nine of ASU's 19 sports recorded a single-year score of 1000 (100%), with baseball, men's golf, women's tennis, and women's volleyball among them.

ASU men's basketball, gymnastics, women's swimming and football each tallied a score of 990 or higher for the 2014-15 year, as well.

In football, the Sun Devils' score is second only to California and Utah, each of which scored 997. ASU was the third and last Pac-12 school to reach the 990 threshold, with the next highest programs (Colorado, USC) being 973.

Notably, ASU women's tennis has been at the forefront of excellence in academic standard.

For 11 straight years, head coach Sheila McInerney's rosters have scored 1000 (100%), and is the lone Division I Power 5 team to score a perfect score since the metric was introduced.