MSU Places 32 Student-Athletes On SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A total of 32 Mississippi State student-athletes were named to the 2013 Southeastern Conference Academic Fall Honor Roll, the league office announced on Thursday.

Eighteen members of the Bulldog football team earned the distinction of SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient, while 10 were named from the women’s soccer team and four from the volleyball squad.

The 2013 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2013 spring, summer and fall terms.

Headlining the list of Bulldog football standouts is quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott has maintained a 3.2 cumulate grade point average while majoring in educational psychology.

Prescott tossed for 1,940 yards on 156-of-267 passing and 10 touchdowns in leading MSU to seven victories and a Liberty Bowl win as a sophomore. He also shattered the Bulldog single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 829 yards and 13 touchdowns. Prescott finished the year accounting for 2,769 yards of total offense, good for third place in MSU single-season annals.

A total of 90 of MSU football student-athletes have now earned SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades under head coach Dan Mullen dating back to 2009.

Elisabeth Sullivan headlines the list of 10 soccer standouts. Sullivan, an elementary education major, was the first Bulldog to ever be drafted in the National Women’s Soccer League earlier this month. Sullivan was a two-time All-SEC performer who shattered the MSU career top marks for goals and points with 39 and 92, respectively.

In addition to earning a spot on the SEC Community Service Team, volleyball’s Ellen Stuart was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll while majoring in communication.

Any student-athlete who participates in an SEC 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 is followed:

(1) 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.

(2) If a student-athlete attends summer school, his/her grade point average during the summer academic term must be included in the calculation used to determine eligibility for the Academic Honor Roll.

(3) Student-athletes eligible for the Honor Roll include those receiving an athletics scholarship, recipients of an athletics award (i.e., letter winner), and non-scholarship student-athletes who have been on a varsity team for two seasons.

(4) 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.

(5) The student-athlete must have been a member of a varsity team for the sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.


The complete list of MSU SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll recipients is below:

Name – Sport – Major

Richie Brown – Football – Industrial Technology

Ryan Brown – Football – Business Administration

Taveze Calhoun – Football – Kinesiology

Cole Carter – Football – Kinesiology

Josh Creekmore – Football – Biological Engineering

Devon Desper – Football – Business Administration

Taylor Earhart – Football – Accounting

Nick Griffin – Football – Kinesiology

Brandon Hill – Football – Kinesiology

Brandon Holloway – Football – Kinesiology

Archie Muniz – Football – Kinesiology

Ivan Muniz – Football – Kinesiology

Dak Prescott – Football – Educational Psychology

Justin Senior – Football – Political Science

Evan Sobiesk – Football – Microbiology

Baker Swedenburg – Football – Information Systems

John Van Horn – Football – Geoscience

Nickoe Whitley – Football – Workforce Education

Dana Forbes – Women’s Soccer – Accounting

Morganne Grimes – Women’s Soccer – Accounting

Shannen Jainudeen – Women’s Soccer – Criminology

Shelby Jordan – Women’s Soccer – Kinesiology

Shannon Palmer – Women’s Soccer – Biochemistry

Elisabeth Sullivan – Women’s Soccer – Elem. Education

Mary Kathryn Taylor – Women’s Soccer – Biological Sciences

Addie Tomlin – Women’s Soccer – Pre-Accounting

Sasha Vrany – Women’s Soccer – Business Economics

CJ Winship – Women’s Soccer – Criminology

Roxanne McVey – Volleyball – Finance

Taylor Scott – Volleyball – Kinesiology

Ellen Stuart – Volleyball – Communication

Alex Warren – Volleyball – History



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