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USF's O'Neal the AAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

USF senior triple jumper Matthew O'Neal is the 2016 American Athletic Conference Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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USF senior triple jumper Matthew O'Neal is the 2016 American Athletic Conference Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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USF senior Matthew O'Neal, a four-time triple jump All-American and five-time conference champion, has been named the school's 2016 Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the American Athletic Conference announced Thursday.

Houston golfer Blair Hamilton won the conference's overall male honor.

The honor goes to those who have maintained a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, have competed in a conference-sponsored sport, and have attained a minimum senior standing. A management information systems major from Jackson, Miss., O'Neal owns a 3.08 GPA.

A darkhorse candidate for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, O'Neal has been on the AAC's All-Academic team the past three seasons. He owns USF's indoor and outdoor triple jump records, and enters the upcoming NCAA Indoor Championships with the nation's third-best jump (54 feet, 8 inches).

[Last modified: Thursday, March 3, 2016 2:29pm]

    

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