Posted: 6:59 pm Thursday, January 30th, 2014

UGA football tops SEC for academic honor roll selections 

By Chip Towers

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)
108 comments
cpc
cpc

thought auburn would be the dumbest

Tallcarl
Tallcarl

Delbert, Aaron can do anything he wants because he finished his degree in 3 yrs. I also believe I read that he was in pre/med.

SkokieDog
SkokieDog

Congratulations to these student-athletes for their work in the classroom and preparing for those classes. Championships on the field are a nice bonus, but completing the degree will continue to matter in the job market. 

And while I'm at it, kudos to Coach Richt (I hope no one here just had a heart attack, seeing that statement under my name) and especially to the academic staff at the athletic office.

jrob1234
jrob1234

While it's really good that these kids are doing well in the classroom. Ask how many UGA fans care about that when they are down in Jacksonville. 8-5 is not going to get it done. 

Antibama
Antibama

Great to see UGA and Tennessee at the top.

GTBob
GTBob

Nice to see these guys taking their Housing and Leisure Studies courses seriously. 

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

Great work by all those football guys. Among the starters, I can easily see law school in the future for Aaron Murray and a CNN-type journalism career for Chris Conley.

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

Interesting that there are way more haters from Tech responding to this story than UGA folks.


That is because the losers from Tech just can't take their eyes off of Georgia. Tech people are pathetic.

davidv14
davidv14

Comment to the G; means more than the word "Georgia," it means graduate and more important get that academic degree or college diploma.   I am very proud of these student athletics!!!!

THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

New blog, new day, right THEBuckeye?!  I think our awesome basketball team deserves a pat on the back for sure!  We OWN college basketball just like we OWN college football!  Can't wait to see you tonight!

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

Without comparing the academic rigor ( or lack thereof), the specific coursework and level of class (101, 201, etc.) this means absolutely nothing. 


You can't compare Murray (being Murray in the classroom Murray) taking grad level courses with LSU freshman taking football orientation and remedial English. 


Joke.


But hey, the dogs take their back pats wherever they can find them. 



Borodawg
Borodawg

From the SEC:


The 2013 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2013 Spring, Summer and Fall terms.
 
Any student-athlete who participates in a Southeastern Conference championship sport or a student-athlete who participates in a sport listed on his/her institution’s NCAA Sports Sponsorship Form is eligible for nomination to the Academic Honor Roll. The following criteria should be followed:


... A student-athlete must have a grade point average of 3.00 or above for either the preceding academic year (two semesters or three quarters) or have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution.


...Prior to being nominated, a student-athlete must have successfully completed 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of non-remedial academic credit toward a baccalaureate degree at the nominating institution....


Borodawg
Borodawg

Congrats to UGA and all the student athletes who excel in the classroom.  Shame on anyone finding the negative in a positive story.

DawginLex
DawginLex

Congrats to the Dawgs


We have come a long way from Jan Kemp, Pulpwood Smith and Keith Montgomery


Hate away POAD


You look more and more pathetic with each post

gmwdawg
gmwdawg

Wow!  LSU only had 8.  I don't get why more UGA fans don't appreciate the difference in how Mark Richt  and Les Miles run their programs. 

LowcountryBulldawg
LowcountryBulldawg

Poad was on a blog for hours debating the UGA players receiving academic honors. That alone is funny. The life of a troll, at least Buckeye is funny!

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

For real, congrats to UGA and those players that are studying so hard.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Congratulations to those players who worked hard and made the grades, Good Grief LSU only had 8 players who can make an A. Thats a shame.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

Well, the dogs are finally atop the SEC! SEC! 


However, these are hardly apple to apple comparisons.

POAD2013
POAD2013

The Dogs have fallen so LOW that now they cheer about beating TECH and having Scholars on the football team. UGa is the new Vandy of the SEC east.

You guys are so disappointed with your football team you can't take some ribbing. You LOVE to dish it out but you sure don't take it too well.

How are the GYM DOGS doing?

CaliDawg
CaliDawg

And let the Tech people on here try to tell you they don't have two curriculums...one for engineers, one for athletes.

Jensrainey
Jensrainey

First off we need to get something straight. It's UGA just like it's UVA. I know this will blow your mind, but we have been a university since 1785. We were founded around the same time as the declaration of independence. Stop with the UGa stuff. It's old. Other than that if you can't be happy for young men accomplishing something then shame on you. Even if the classes were bowling, it's incredibly hard being a student athlete. I'm not saying they took easy classes but I certainly wouldn't blame them with aholes like these trolls out there adding extra pressure and stress. Congrats to the men of UGA and the other SEC schools for their great academic achievements. Go Dawgs! And yes I did just intentionally spell dog dawg.

uga-brave
uga-brave

Poad, they take and graduate. much less than the gangster crittenon, or starbury, or Kenny Anderson.

NCDawg
NCDawg

Here are the starters on that list now stuff a sock in it and leave it be:

Michael Bennett (Alpharetta, Ga., Sport Management)
Chris Burnette (LaGrange, Ga., Business)
Chris Conley (Dallas, Ga., Journalism)
Merritt Hall (Alpharetta, Ga., Management)
Arthur Lynch (Dartmouth, Mass., History)
Rhett McGowan (Calhoun, Ga., Sport Management)
Marshall Morgan (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Business)
Aaron Murray (Tampa, Fla., Psychology)
Garrison Smith (Atlanta, History)

Started at least once:
Connor Norman (Duluth, Ga., Exercise & Sport Science)
Adam Erickson (Athens, Ga., Real Estate)


And you can stuff your Pottery Class, Remedial English and African Dance. NO ONE on this list has housing majors either.



POAD2013
POAD2013

I guess we could look at photos of all the Starting players and see how many Black Bones they have to know who the possible Honor Roll players are. 

It would be easier to look at the photos of the players on the bench ans see all the black bones and no White Bones to know who the HR players are.



If you can't take the poking of fun with a shot of venom then maybe the Blog isn't for you............................NCdog.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Johnny.......Don't hate, appreciate.

We all know the tough rigorous academic standards Starbury, Kenny Anderson, Crittenden, Thaddeus Young, Derrick Favors, etc. we're faced with on the Flats.

NCDawg
NCDawg

Well thank you for the information Chip.  Maybe someday we can rid these blogs of envy deranged vermain that don't have the decency to keep their mouths shut.


I'm out.

SECFactFinder
SECFactFinder

To qualify, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or better in academic standing and earn a 3.0 or better grade point average for either the preceding academic year or their career.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@THEBuckeyes1  The act is getting old, creep. Find someone else to stalk You're getting rather boring. 

NCDawg
NCDawg

@Borodave thanks for posting those requirements.  The key there is non remedial.  I point that out for the trolls here that assume that such things actually count towards honors such as these.  And also because I know many of them have reading comprehension issues.  They just see Georgia and start spewing their BS.  That's the trouble with allowing hate to dominate who you are.

BigGAdawg
BigGAdawg

@gmwdawg  

I guess you cannot concentrate on your studies and be stoned as a bug at the same time.


This proves that the smart thing to do is attend UGA.

FrankEnberry
FrankEnberry

@POAD2013  Vanderbilt players have academic standards that they constantly have to meet (which would be much higher than those set at UT), so that's why they used to be pretty bad. And I know what you are thinking: But UT had more  players on honor roll than Vanderbilt! Well, there two simple things that make this so. First of all, there are a whole less athletes on the football team and other collegiate teams than other SEC schools. Secondly, the courses at Vanderbilt are much harder than those at the rest of the SEC school. There is a reason Vanderbilt is called the Harvard of the South and a reason that people will joke that Vanderbilt keeps the SEC's GPA up.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@uga-brave  We are talking FOOTBALL not 1-&-Done basketball. Big difference. Be careful with the gangster stuff you have CROWELL and he was on campus about as long as Crittenton. 

Dawg Walker
Dawg Walker

left off Patrick Beless (Atlanta, GA., Risk Management and Insurance, Honors Program) started 2 games

NCDawg
NCDawg

Out of here...somebody else can take up the torch.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@POAD2013 you don't poke fun you armpit... you hate and everybody knows it's all you are about.  You are deranged and should be put away for the safety of others.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@BigCrimson75  Of those players you mentioned HOW MANY were taking classes more than 6 quarters or 5 semesters? Most were in school 1 season and maybe 2. It is easy to get players to PASS the easy classes to be eligible in their first year.

SECFactFinder
SECFactFinder

Yes, Saban and staff have created an environment for success on the field and in the classroom. I personally believe the classroom success far surpasses those crystal ball trophies.

Any student athlete who earns their degree plus achieves all conference recognition for academic success is a winner and champion in my book.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@SECFactFinder  SO. You can't take easy class in your second year? Football schools have been able to let that happen for years. A student can take classes that are easier in one field and delay some classes until later. You have to take some BASIC classes as a FR to allow you to step up but don't kid yourself into thinking plenty of athletes are not getting on in ELECTIVES.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Fact Finder.....Another good job by Saban & Co @ Bama.

Particularly impressed with the Jones Family.

Barrett was a 3 time SEC Acacdemic AA. I noticed baby brother Harrison made the list this year.

Leon Brown was somewhat of a surprise. Good for him. He likely opens 2014 as our starting LT.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@SECFactFinder thank you for the information but guaranteed the sociopath will have some rude comment about that as well.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@THEBuckeye @THEBuckeyes1  

No older--or more boring--than your "Let's take potshots at the Dawgs" act. When you stop, he stops.

So stop already!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@THEBuckeye  The Mad Hatter might want to stress academics a little harder.

FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

@FrankEnberry @POAD2013

First of all, UGA has produced 21 Rhodes scholars, Vanderbilt 26 - not a glaring gap in my eyes. Secondly, Duke has produced 39 Rhodes scholars and is rightfully called "The Harvard of the South"... not Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt is a very good school. As I attended UGA (and have been to Yale for seminars) I can tell you that although many years ago UGA might not have been in the upper echelons of the great intellectual garrisons of the South, today they can hold their own with almost any of the better institutions. And they are getting better all of the time :)

POAD2013
POAD2013

@NCDawg

HAHA that is just your opinion. I think the 4 people I put up for 2 days and returned to their cars today would beg to differ. I bet the people who I drove their cars to get their kids from school and then got then to a safe road home would as so differ with your opinion. 

SECFactFinder
SECFactFinder

POAD the NCAA has placed academic achievement requirements each student athlete must meet each year. Yes some players are in easy classes at every school and slide by but those players are not student athletes and do not find their names on the all conference academics lists. They are just players who run, block, tackle, shoot hoops, hit a ball and if they do not make it to the next level find themselves waiting on their front porch waiting for a check each month courteous of the taxpayers.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@SECFactFinder  Yes and we know there is NO WAY AROUND that. The UNC study showed that the majority of College Football players on scholarship can graduate and still not be able to read well enough to even understand the concepts expressed in the textbooks they use for their classes.