Making the grade

Here's a good news/bad news item for you: Two University of Tennessee basketball players and seven Vol football players made the 2005-06 Southeastern Conference Freshman Honor Roll by compiling grade point averages of 3.0 or better.

That, of course, is the good news. The bad news is that one of the basketball players (Ben Bosse) is a walk-on and one of the football players (Raymond Henderson) already has been dismissed from the program. Henderson was booted by Phillip Fulmer after what the head coach termed "inappropriate" remarks to a young girl in a Knoxville restaurant three months ago.

In addition to Bosse, the other freshman basketball player to make the Honor Roll was Ryan Childress. A 6-foot-9 post player from Cincinnati, Childress saw a decent amount of backup action during November and December but saw his playing significantly reduced once the Vols entered SEC play.

Other than Henderson, the football players honored were Jeff Cottam, Ricardo Kemp, Andre Mathis, Josh McNeil, Adam Myers-White and Austin Rogers. Cottam is a tight end from Germantown. Kemp is a running back from Warren, Ark. Mathis is a linebacker from Erie, Pa., and Myers-White a linebacker from Hamilton, Ohio. McNeil is a center from Collins, Miss., and Rogers is a wide receiver from Nashville

Tennessee football has taken some shots from national media for its academic record in recent years, so the fact seven of its 25 scholarship freshmen – 28 percent – posted a B average or better probably can be viewed as a positive development.

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