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16 CU football players feted for academics

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A record 16 Cumberland University football players were named 2012 Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes last week by the national office. Cumberland led all institutions with its 16 honorees among the 259 total athletes named to the list.

Student-athletes must be a junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.50 grade-point-average on a 4.0 scale to be eligible for the award.

Under seventh-year head coach Dewayne Alexander, a total of 39 players have garnered NAIA Scholar-Athlete accolades, including nine in 2011 and eight in 2010.

Ten of the 16 players played in all 11 contests for the Bulldogs, with 47 combined starts. CU posted an 8-3 mark this season, 4-2 in the Mid-South Conference West Division, and the program has registered a 23-9 mark over the last three seasons, the winningest three-year period in program history.

NAIA Scholar-Athletes
Beau Baker, 3.54 General Business
Bobby Bock, 3.57 General Business
Reed Gurchiek, 3.91 Health and Human Performance
Jacob Hill, 3.80 Criminal Justice
William Judson, 3.62 Biology/Bio-Chemistry
Kyle Long, 3.50 Management
Corey Matyskiela, 3.61 Nursing
Cody McCallister, 3.84 Physical Education
Daley Sallis, 3.65 History
Robert Scales, 3.75 Masters, Business Administration
Naaman Stillwell, 3.69 General Business
Josh Walker, 3.74 Masters, Exercise Science
Taylor Watson, 3.50 Biology
Jared White, 3.69 Health and Human Performance
Adam Wiss, 3.56 Biology
Josh Workman, 3.61 Criminal Justice

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