UNA places 14 on academic All-Gulf South Conference teams, 63 on honor roll


BIRMINGHAM – The University of North Alabama had 14 student-athletes named to the 2015 Gulf South Conference FireSeeds Fall All-Academic Team and placed 63 total athletes on the GSC Academic Honor Roll.

The UNA football team led the way with seven selections for the Academic All-GSC squad, while the women’s soccer team had three selections. The Lions also had two selections in men’s cross country, with women’s cross country and volleyball getting one selection each. Academic All-GSC Teams are selected by the Gulf South Conference Sports Information Directors (SIDs) and Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs) in a joint vote. Nominees must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 or better on a 4.00 scale for their entire academic career and may not be freshmen or first-semester or quarter transfers. The student-athlete must be a significant contributor to the squad. Other factors include leadership, community service and extra-curricular activities. SIDs and FARs are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes. The number of student-athletes selected in each sport is determined by the number of positions normally involved in the playing of that sport. Ties are not broken.

Junior Natasha Fomina of Broomfield, Colo., was selected Academic All-GSC in volleyball with a 3.88 GPA in professional marketing. She was also a 2015 first team All-GSC selection, as well as first team All-South Region and second team All-America.

Senior Olivia Brady of Birmingham was an Academic All-GSC pick for the second straight year. The women’s cross country standout posted a 3.88 GPA with a double major in history and secondary education. She was also a 2014 second team All-GSC pick for the Lions.

North Alabama was one of three schools with two selections on the men’s cross country all-academic team. Matt Cross took home the academic honor for the second straight year. The junior from Lexington majors in chemistry and has a 3.69 GPA. Senior Clay Oden was also named to the team after sporting a 3.31 GPA in geography.

The UNA representatives on the Academic All-GSC Women’s Soccer Team are Eleanor Costello, Beatriz Fernandes and Chloe Richards. Costello, a junior from Stafford, England, has a 3.23 GPA in professional marketing. Fernandes, who was a second-team All-GSC selection this year, recorded a 3.84 GPA in exercise science. The sophomore is from Lisbon, Portugal. Richards adds the all-academic award to her list of accomplishments. The senior from Cornwall, England has a 3.53 GPA in exercise science. It’s the third straight all-academic selection for Richards, who also garnered first team All-GSC, All-South Region and All-America honors during her senior season this year.

North Alabama’s total of seven football selections is tied for the most in the GSC this year. Sophomore Scott Hagan and junior Jacob Tucker are first-time selections. Hagan, from Birmingham, has a 3.50 GPA in industrial hygiene, while Linden, Tenn., native Tucker garnered a 3.35 GPA in biology.

After receiving GSC All-Academic honors last year, sophomore Laurence Carmichael of Florence, earned the award again with a 3.48 GPA in exercise science. Junior Ryan Harper of Stephenville, Texas, also received the honor for the second straight year after totaling a 3.97 GPA in finance and professional management. DeAndre Harrison is a three-time all-academic pick. The junior from Lithonia, Ga., has a 3.55 GPA in exercise science.

Lee Mayhall and Luke Wingo each wrap up their senior seasons as three-time all-academic selections. Both were also first team All-GSC picks on the field this year. Mayhall, of Jackson, Tenn., has a 3.95 GPA in industrial hygiene, while Wingo, of Tuscaloosa, has a 3.38 GPA in professional management.

Harper, Harrison, Mayhall and Wingo were also each a unanimous selection.

The Lions’ 63 honor roll selections included 21 from football, 15 from women’s soccer, 12 from volleyball, 10 from women’s cross country and five from men’s cross country. To be eligible for the academic honor roll, a student-athlete most have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

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