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