Sometimes I think we forget there is a student part to our heroes on the sporting field at our favorite University. But that is the case for a lot of people. Maybe we don’t celebrate enough when those heroes finish an accomplishment that many don’t get to do and certainly few have the time constraints of competing in their respective sports.
Today we celebrate 14 student-athletes at the University of Florida that will earn their college degrees. Three from the football team that is currently practicing for the fall season earned diplomas and two of those we captured here to celebrate.
Junior quarterback Jeff Driskel finished his degree in quick time finishing in just 3.5 years. While senior receiver Andre Debose finished his degree in five years, with all the time he spent on the football field, weight room, film room, and rehab from injury. We have snippets of the two as they walked Saturday morning to collect their college diplomas.
Below is a list of Gator athletes that graduated with degrees this semester.Zack Powers (Baseball) Geography
Jamie Applefield (Women’s Diving) Recreation, Parks and Tourism
Gideon Ajagbe (Football) Family, Youth and Community Sciences
Andre Debose (Football) Family, Youth and Community Sciences
Jeff Driskel (Football) Sports Management
Marissa King (Gymnastics) Telecommunications & Geography
Michael Alford (Men’s Tennis) Sociology
Spencer Newman (Men’s Tennis) Anthropology
Stephane Piro (Men’s Tennis) Sport Management
Gray Horn (Men’s Track & Field) Anthropology
David Levin (Men’s Track & Field) Applied Physiology And Kinesiology
Shelby Hayes (Women’s Track & Field) Health Education & Behavior
Cory McGee (Women’s Track & Field) Political Science
Lanie Whittaker (Women’s Track & Field) Family, Youth and Community Sciences