Alabama Athletes Excel In Classroom

As the University of Alabama gets the 2010-11 academic year underway this week, the Crimson Tide athletics department is coming off one of its best years in recent memory, not only athletically, where UA won its 13th national football championship as well as four Southeastern Conference titles, but in the classroom as well, where Alabama student-athletes were honored in impressive numbers.

"At the University of Alabama our goal is always to be the very best in everything we do and last season is certainly a tribute to the success of our student-athletes, both athletically and academically, at the highest levels," Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore said. "Our high academic achievement is also a testament to the focus our student-athletes and coaches put on academics and the efforts Jon Dever and our entire academic support staff put into helping each student-athlete reach their full potential." A total of seven UA student-athletes spanning six sports earned ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America honors, which ranks the Tide fourth nationally among the award's University division and tops among SEC schools. Three of Alabama's Academic All-Americans - Colin Peek (football), Charlotte Morgan (softball) and Kassi Price (gymnastics) - earned first-team honors, which ties the Tide with Tennessee for the most first-team honors in the SEC. Alabama has earned a total of 52 Academic All-America honors over the last decade. "Over the last several years, our student-athletes have consistently raised the bar academically," assistant athletics director for student services Jon Dever said. "To have so many of our student-athletes recognized at the national and conference level for their hard work and dedication in the classroom during the last year was a tremendous thing and we are very proud of all of them." The only SEC school to have a student-athlete earn the NCAA's inaugural Elite 88 award, Alabama saw both Price and women's golfer Brooke Pancake earn the award which is given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average at an NCAA Championship. Price and men's tennis player Saketh Myneni were among the nation-leading 13 SEC student-athletes to earn NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. The duo also earned SEC Postgraduate Scholarships. Alabama also garnered 250 SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades. The Tide's tally includes a league-best 55 student-athletes on the winter sports list led by the women's swimming and diving team's 26 honorees, the most of any team at any school. There were 101 UA student-athletes on the spring list, which ranked second in the conference, and 51 on the fall list. A total of 43 freshmen earned the honor including a dozen members of the Tide's national championship football team, a total that was tops among men's teams and twice as many as any other football program.

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