Carrollton, GA – Five University of West Georgia football standouts were named Thursday to the 2017 Gulf South Conference All-Academic Team.


Three members of the Wolves’ contingent are repeat honorees on the GSC All-Academic Team. Senior center Harley Vaughan was voted to the squad for the third consecutive year, while junior fullback Noah Brown, and junior wide receiver K.J. Parmer are honored for a second time in their careers. New to this year’s all-academic team from UWG are sophomore quarterback Willie Candler and sophomore wide receiver John Hurst.


The GSC All-Academic Team was selected in a joint vote of Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs) and Sports Information Directors (SIDs) from each GSC Institution. Nominees to the team must have a cumulative collegiate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.20, and they must have been a major on-field contributor to their respective teams.


Vaughan, a graduate student from Dawsonville with a 4.0 GPA in his master’s classes, ranks among the most honored student-athletes in West Georgia athletic history. Not only is he a three-time member of the GSC All-Academic Team, he is also a three-time All-GSC selection, and the only UWG student-athlete ever to be named All-America in three consecutive seasons.


Candler is UWG’s other all-academic selection who also captured postseason honors for his on-field performance. The Atlanta native was voted All-GSC Second Team at quarterback. In the classroom he is majoring in Real Estate and boasts a 3.53 GPA.


UWG’s other honorees also boast impressive credentials. Brown, a native of Bremen, is majoring in Sport Management and has a 3.52 GPA. Parmer, from Lawrenceville, is majoring in Accounting and has a GPA of 3.27. Hurst, from Milton, carries a 3.57 GPA in his major of Physical Education.


Beyond their spots on the GSC All-Academic Team, the five UWG student-athletes head a contingent of 50 Wolves student-athletes named the 2017 GSC Fall Academic Honor Roll. A total of 18 UWG soccer players earned honor roll status. Next on the list was football with 13 honor roll performers, followed by 11 from volleyball, and four student-athletes each from the men’s and women’s cross country teams.


The GSC Academic Honor Roll is made of student-athletes who competed in fall contests, and who maintain an overall collegiate GPA of 3.0, or above. No vote was required for a berth on the GSC Academic Honor Roll.