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Chip Towers

UGA football tops SEC for academic honor roll selections

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ATHENS – There was a lot of complaining about the Georgia Bulldogs’ 8-5 record this past football season. But nobody can complain about how UGA players are doing in the classroom.

The Bulldogs on Thursday had 38 football players named the SEC’s Academic Honor Roll for fall semester of 2013. That was tops among the conference’s 14 schools. After Georgia the top five included Tennessee (34), Vanderbilt (32), Florida (29) and Alabama & Arkansas (28 each).

UGA had 58 student-athletes overall recognized by the SEC for fall academic achievement, which ranks third best in the league. And the Bulldogs would be first in that category as well if not for the fact that South Carolina and Kentucky have a fourth fall sport (men’s soccer). As it is, the top five overall are South Carolina (66), Kentucky (59), Georgia (58), Vanderbilt (54), and Florida (53).

UGA had the most among SEC schools sponsoring the three sports of football, volleyball and women’s soccer. In addition to the 38 football players named to the list, Georgia placed 13 women’s soccer players and seven volleyball players on the honor roll.

“It’s a great point of pride that our football team was first among all SEC schools in number of Academic All-SEC honorees,” Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said. “It’s likewise gratifying that the combination of football, soccer, and volleyball was also right at the top of the league. It’s a credit to the academic commitment of our student-athletes and also the support they have from our coaches and academic staff.”

Thursday’s news continued a streak of strong academic representation by the Bulldogs’ football program, which is gaining national recognition for its balance of strong play on the field and high classroom achievement. Earlier this month, UGA received the 2013 Academic Achievement Award at the American Football Coaches Association convention in Indianapolis. That was based on recording a 100 percent graduation rate for members of its 2006 freshman football class. The Bulldogs shared that distinction with Rice, Stanford and Tulane.

SEC FOOTBALL ACADEMIC HONOREES

  1. Georgia (38)
  2. Tennessee (34),
  3. Vanderbilt (32)
  4. Florida (29)
  5. Alabama (28)
  6. Arkansas (28)
  7. Missouri (26),
  8. South Carolina (25)
  9. Ole Miss (24)
  10. Kentucky (23)
  11. Auburn (22)
  12. Miss. St. (18)
  13. Texas A&M (14)
  14. LSU (8)
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