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CU football leads NAIA in scholar-athletes

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LEBANON -- For the second straight season Cumberland University's football team led the nation in NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athletes, with 16 student-athletes honored by the national organization.

Student-athletes must be a junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.50 grade-point-average or above.

This year’s list of honorees includes starters and/or important reserves Reed Gurchiek (Mt. Juliet), Blake DeBoard, Nick Lennox (Watertown) and Dren Johnson, William Judson, Dillon Kirkham, Corey Mateyskiela, Naaman Stillwell and Taylor Watson.

A total of 259 student-athletes were honored this season by the national organization.

Cumberland led the Mid-South Conference with 28 players named Scholar-Athletes. The Bulldogs also had 16 players recognized in 2012 by the NAIA.

Under the direction of first year head coach Donnie Suber, the Bulldogs closed out the 2013 season winning seven of nine games, for an overall record of 7-4.

2013 NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athletes
Parker Bush – Criminal Justice, 3.93
Levi Carter – Engineering Science, 3.74
Chris Clement – Management, 3.52
Dylan Crews – History, 3.57
Blake DeBoard – Nursing, 3.71
Reed Gurchiek – Health and Human Performance, 3.94
Dren Johnson – Master’s in Business Administration, 4.00
William Judson – Biology/Biochemistry, 3.70
Dillon Kirkham – Health and Human Performance, 3.54
Nick Lennox – Criminal Justice, 3.31
Corey Matyskiela – Nursing, 3.58
Michael Self (Mt. Juliet)  – Health and Human Performance, 3.59
Naaman Stillwell – Business, 3.73
Taylor Watson – Biology/Biochemistry, 3.55
Marvin Wilcox – Business, 3.62
Josh Workman – Criminal Justice, 3.65

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