Carrollton, GA – Seven student-athletes from the University of West Georgia were named Wednesday to the 2018 Gulf South Conference Fall All-Academic Team. The group includes four standouts from the Wolves’ football team, two standouts from the soccer program, and one from UWG’s volleyball squad.
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.
Heading UWG’s football honorees are two student-athletes voted to the squad for the third consecutive year: senior fullback Noah Brown and senior wide receiver K.J. Parmer. Both were December graduates from UWG. Brown was Sport Management major with a 3.50 GPA, while Parmer earned a degree in Accounting and posted a 3.31 GPA.
Joining Brown and Parmer on the team are teammates Willie Candler and Chris Blackston. Candler is a repeat honoree and is also a two-time All-GSC performer on the field. The junior quarterback has a 3.59 GPA while majoring in Real Estate. Blackston, a junior safety, made the squad for the first time after posting a 3.40 GPA while majoring in Management.
West Georgia soccer’s all-academic selections are both first time honorees from the Gulf South Conference. Sophomore goalkeeper Jackie Donaldson carries a 3.93 GPA while majoring in International Economic Affairs. She is joined on the squad by senior midfielder Katie Mitchell. She majors in Sport Management and boasts a 3.81 GPA.
Also selected to the GSC All-Academic Team was a member of the Wolves’ volleyball program. Katie Hanson, a junior outside hitter, Hanson was voted to the squad after posting a 3.97 GPA while majoring in Geology.
"We are excited for the Fall season student athletes recognized by the Gulf South Conference for there classroom and athletic accomplishments," said UWG's Associate Athletic Director for Student Affairs and Academic Support David Haase. "Our students as a whole made great strides in the classroom this Fall and we continue to be impressed by their work ethic and the commitment they display on and off the field, court and track," Haase added.
Beyond their spots on the GSC All-Academic Team, the seven UWG student-athletes head a contingent of 65 Wolves student-athletes named the 2018 GSC Fall Academic Honor Roll. A total of 22 UWG soccer players earned honor roll status. Next on the list was football with 19 honor roll performers, followed by 16 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.