SPARTANBURG, S.C. (July 15, 2021) – For the second consecutive day, the ETSU Athletic Department received recognition for its student-athletes, with the Southern Conference Honor Roll being announced on Thursday afternoon. The Bucs placed 249 student-athletes on the 2020-21 list, just shy of the program record 262 selections last year.
The academic honor roll originated in 1988-89, when SoCon athletic directors established the award as a way to recognize the league's outstanding student-athletes. The academic honor roll consists of student-athletes who participated in varsity sports, posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher for the academic year, were eligible the entire academic year and were members of the final squad lists.
ETSU’s 249 selections marks the fifth time in the last six years that the Bucs have eclipsed the 200-mark in SoCon Honor Roll selections.
In addition to the Honor Roll, the league office announced the Commissioner’s Medal winners as well as the student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 GPA. The Blue & Gold saw 80 student-athletes take home the SoCon Commissioner’s Medal, which is awarded to those who obtain a GPA of 3.8 or higher throughout the course of the year. The mark well surpasses the 67 spots landed by Bucs in the 2019-20 academic year. ETSU also had 24 student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Below is a list of the 24 ETSU student-athletes that maintained a 4.0 GPA:
The ETSU football team paced the way with 45 student-athletes on the Honor Roll, followed by women’s cross country/track & field (35), baseball (31), softball (21), women’s soccer (20), men’s soccer (19) and men’s cross country/track & field (15).
The sports with smaller roster sizes were paced by volleyball (13), triathlon (9), women’s basketball (8) and men’s golf (8), women’s golf (7) and women’s tennis (7), men’s basketball (6) and men’s tennis (5).
There were three different ETSU teams that had 100 percent of their rosters selected for the Honor Roll: Triathlon, Women’s Golf and Women’s Tennis.
Overall, the league watched a record-setting 2,731 student-athletes named to the SoCon Honor Roll from the 10 member institutions and 16 associate members.
Mercer led the league with 336 members on the Honor Roll, followed by Samford (288) and then the Bucs (249). Each of the SoCon’s 10 full members had at least 182 student-athletes on the list.
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