A fine spring quarter in the classroom

Jody Victor: Here’s some great Buckeye football news from osu.edu and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In addition to the good news last week that the Ohio State football program received a public recognition award from the NCAA for having an Academic Progress Rate among the Top 10 percent of all FBS programs, the team had a fine spring quarter in the classroom with a combined team grade point average (GPA) of 2.88. This figure represents the highest GPA for the football team in the past 10 quarters. The last time the team’s quarterly GPA was higher was after the 2009 autumn quarter when it was 2.90.

The football team’s grade point average is even higher when considering only those student-athletes who will be members of the 2012 team. The 2.88 average is the total for everyone in the program – medical redshirts, 2011 seniors still completing course work, etc. The players on the current roster who will be on the field this fall had a combined grade point average of 2.95 this spring. The last Ohio State team to top that average heading into a fall camp was the 2007 team that posted a 3.02 GPA after the summer quarter.

Spring marked the second consecutive quarter for Coach Urban Meyer’s program to increase its team GPA.

“Our players and staff really attacked the spring quarter academically, especially the second half of it, like we would the second half of a game,” Meyer said. “I was impressed with everyone’s effort to finish strong. Overall, the team performed very well in the classroom.”

Here’s more good news about this spring’s good grades:

  • Four student-athletes had perfect, 4.0 GPAs;
  • 20 players had at least a 3.50 GPA or above; and
  • There were 48 student-athletes with at least a 3.00 grade point average. This total is the second highest in the last 10 quarters dating to autumn 2009 and is topped only by the 55 with 3.00-or-above GPAs after the 2011 summer quarter.There are presently 36 football student-athletes with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above. And there have been 23 football players who have graduated during the 2011-12 academic calendar, including 2011 seniors, former players and current players Ben Buchanan and Zach Domicone.
  • Go Bucks!!!
  • Jody Victor

Academic Achievers Include 37 Scholar-Athletes

Jody Victor: Here’s some great Buckeye football news from osu.edu and OhioSateBuckeyes.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A total of 37 Ohio State football players in the 2011-12 academic calendar year are carrying at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and were honored Wednesday evening at the Ohio Union as part of the 45th annual OSU Scholar-Athlete banquet. A record number of Ohio State student-athletes – 548 – were honored as scholar-athletes.

Among the football honorees are 20 players who have achieved OSU Scholar-Athlete status at least twice during the career. Included is spring 2012 graduate Spencer Smith, who was honored as a Scholar-Athlete for a fifth time, and four-time honorees Ben Buchanan, Adam Homan and Andrew Sweat.

Sweat and Nate Ebner, who was honored by Ohio State for the third time, maintained at least a 3.20 GPA for their entire academic career and each were also named last week to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s Hampshire Honor Society.

All six of the true freshmen who enrolled at Ohio State in January for the Winter Quarter achieved at least a 3.0 GPA in their first quarter and were honored as an OSU Scholar-Athlete. Those six are Jacoby Boren, Bri’onte Dunn, Cardale Jones, Tyvis Powell, Joshua Perry and Michael Thomas. Five additional true freshmen who were with the team last year – Michael Bennett, Brian Bobek, Doran Grant, Bryce Haynes and Ron Tanner – were also honored.

The scholar-athlete banquet, held in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom, also recognizes Ohio State’s Big Ten Medal of Honor winners as well as the recipients of numerous post-graduate scholarships provided by Ohio State: The Corwin A Fergus Memorial Award; Men’s Varsity O Scholarship Sward; Judith A Pierce Phoenix Award; Leann Grimes-Davidge Award; and the M/I Homes Foundation Award.

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor