MSU places 61 first-year athletes on SEC honor roll

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A historic 2014-15 year in the classroom has resulted in a record 61 Mississippi State student-athletes being named to the 2015 Southeastern Conference First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

The 61 honorees are the most among SEC institutions in the sports in which MSU competes.

That record tally comes after Bulldog student-athletes posted a 3.00 cumulative grade-point average for the first time.

Soccer led the way with 16 selections from Aaron Gordon’s squad that recorded a record 3.56 GPA.

The Bulldog soccer team was part of Mississippi State’s women’s sports that posted their highest cumulative GPA ever with a 3.30.

Women’s track and field and softball had five players each named to the list. Volleyball and women’s basketball had four selections each, while women’s tennis had two honorees.

On the men’s side, football placed nine first-year players on the honor roll while baseball and men’s track and field recorded five selections each.

Men’s golf and men’s basketball added three and two student-athletes, respectively, while men’s tennis had one selection to the list.

Each student‐athlete must 1) have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution; 2) be on scholarship or a letter winner; 3) have completed 24 semester hours of non‐remedial credit at the nominating institution; and 4) have been a member of the varsity team for the sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.

The SEC First‐Year Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2014‐15 academic calendar.

2015 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll


Aaron Dominguez – Undecided

Cole Gordon – Business Administration

Ryan Gridley – Business Administration

Jesse McCord – Kinesiology

Paxton Stover – Mechanical Engineering

Men’s Basketball

Isaiah Butler – Interdisciplinary Studies

Jeffery Johnson – Interdisciplinary Studies

Women’s Basketball

Kayla Nevitt – Kinesiology

Blair Schaefer – Biological Sciences

Victoria Vivians – Kinesiology

Morgan William – Kinesiology


Ronald Cochran – Undeclared

Jesse Jackson – Industrial Technology

Elgton Jenkins – Criminology

Elijah Staley – Communication

Brandon Bryant – Human Sciences

Jamoral Graham – Human Sciences

Juantavius Gray – Industrial Technology

Grant Harris – Business Administration

Gerri Green – Agriculture Business

Men’s Golf

Taylor Grant – Business Administration

Tim Walker – Business Administration

Ross Bell – Kinesiology


McKenzie Adams – Kinesiology

Jordan Cossey – Biological Sciences

Rhylee DeCrane – Biological Engineering

Tanya Desouza – Business Administration

Kelly Dorney – Anthropology

Mallory Eubanks – Kinesiology

Payton Gruenewald – Business Administration

Alex Hammett – Biological Sciences

Kayleigh Henry – Kinesiology

Morgan Mills – Psychology

Kelsey Pearce – Biological Sciences

Kirby Retherford – Communication

Peyton Shaffer – Human Sciences

Hannah Smith – Kinesiology

Katelyn Watson – Special Education

Ashley Wilson – Kinesiology


Cassady Knudsen – Biological Sciences

Morgan Bell – Business Administration

Carmen Carter – Psychology

Claire Stucker – Business Administration

Holly Ward – Human Sciences

Men’s Tennis

Julian Cash – Business Administration

Women’s Tennis

Alex Corder – Biological Sciences

Louise Ronaldson – Marketing

Men’s Track & Field

Willie Reed – Mechanical Engineering

Chance Stephens – Kinesiology

Curtis Thompson – Accounting

Wesley White – Computer Science

Seth Peace – Business Administration

Women’s Track & Field

Logan Boss – Kinesiology

Rachel Caulkins – Biological Sciences

Tiffany Flynn – Kinesiology

Mia Meydrich – Communication

Carly Terp – Food Science Nutrition Health Promotion


Ericka Timberlake – Communication

Payton Harris – Mechanical Engineering

Cheyenne Spell – Kinesiology

Amber Gass – BSIS

(From MSU Media Relations)

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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