Champion of Character Award
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Cumberland University catcher Tyler Alford has been named the 2015 Mid-South Conference Champion of Character winner at the annual awards banquet Tuesday night at the National Corvette Museum.
A senior out of Knoxville Powell High School, Alford selected by a vote of the conference athletic directors -- based on his academic and athletic achievement, campus and community leadership, future ambition and a demonstration of five core character values of the NAIA.
Alford, who sports a batting average of .323 with 23 runs batted in, was also named first team All-MSC.
Joining Alford as a first team selection is outfielder Justin Byrd. A senior from Rockwall, TX, Byrd leads Cumberland with a .331 batting average. He has seven homers and 32 RBI.
Outfielder Ryan Dickison and pitcher Stevie Smith were voted to All-MSC second team. Smith also was named to the Gold Glove team.
Seventeen Cumberland baseball players were named Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athletes, as announced Tuesday by the league office. Student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.25 grade-point-average and above to be eligible for the award.
Tyler Alford - 3.72, Health and Human Performance
Andrew Byrd - 3.53, Business Administration
Dakota Byrd - 3.32, Management
Justin Byrd - 3.66, Health and Human Performance
Richard Carter - 4.00, Business Administration
Drew Chester - 3.96, Health and Human Performance
Zach Cole - 3.25, Mathematics
Nick Crawford - 3.51, Marketing
Logan Grantham - 3.43, Biology
Grant House - 3.35, Biology
Dylan Lannom - 3.78, Business Administration
Clint Meadows - 3.61, Health and Human Performance
Phil Stiles - 3.33, Accounting
Stevie Smith - 3.91, Management
Hector Viera - 3.87, Health and Human Performance
Andrew Woodfin - 3.75, Health and Human Performance
Jackson Yates - 3.50, History/Business.