Below is HottyToddy.com’s weekly round up of Ole Miss sports for the week of July 6-11.
Ole Miss Women’s Tennis Earns Top ITA Academic Honor
Not only did the Ole Miss women’s tennis team make their sixth consecutive NCAA appearance, but the Rebels earned the ITA All-Academic Team Award for the 18th straight year, as announced Thursday.
The Rebels were one of nine Southeastern Conference teams to earn the ITA All-Academic Team Award.
This award honors teams with outstanding academic achievements, requiring a minimum overall 3.2 grade point average to be considered. The Rebels posted an impressive 3.52 cumulative team GPA for the year.
Five players were recognized as ITA Scholar-Athletes: Mai El Kamash, Julia Jones, Marija Milutinovic, Caroline Rohde-Moe, and Erin Stephens. To be eligible for ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition student-athletes must have a GPA of 3.50 or higher for the year.
“To receive this award 18 straight years is a tribute to the players, who are dedicated to being outstanding in the classroom as well as on the court,” head coach Mark Beyers said. “They are very deserving of this distinction. These honors are also a direct reflection of the tremendous support we receive from the university, the athletics administration and the academic staff.”
Rohde-Moe posted a perfect 4.0 GPA for the year to earn the honor for the third time in her career. She graduated with honors in May with a degree in Managerial Finance and Banking and Finance. The All-SEC honoree, earned plenty of academic honors, including a Taylor Medal, awarded to the top one percent of each academic school at Ole Miss.
Jones received the distinction for the third time in as many years posting a 3.64 GPA for the year, while earning All-SEC second team honors.
El Kamash (3.76), Milutinovic (3.50) and Stephens (3.73) all garnered the award for the second time.
The Rebels placed all seven returning players on the SEC Academic Honor Roll, which was also announced Thursday. Rising senior Iris Verboven and soon-to-be junior Allie Robbins joined these five on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
– Ole Miss Sports information
Ole Miss Men’s Tennis Earns Top ITA Academic Honor<
While making their 21st consecutive NCAA appearance in 2014, the Ole Miss men’s tennis team achieved great success in the classroom, earning the ITA All-Academic Team Award for the fourth year in a row and ninth time overall, as announced Thursday.
The Rebels are one of seven schools from the SEC to be named an ITA All-Academic Team.
This award honors teams with outstanding academic achievements, requiring a minimum overall 3.2 grade point average to be considered. The Rebels posted a cumulative GPA of 3.28 for the 2013-14 year.
In addition, three Rebels were named ITA Scholar-Athletes Thursday and four made the SEC Academic Honor Roll. The Rebels have had at least one player named an ITA Scholar-Athlete 13 straight years.
“I am very pleased with how well the team performed in the classroom this past year,” head coach Toby Hansson said. “The guys take their academics seriously and to earn the ITA All-Academic Team Award once again is something they can be very proud of. This honor is not only a reflection of the team, but the great support we receive from the university, the athletics administration and the academic staff.”
Backstrom was joined on the ITA Scholar-Athlete list by teammates William Kallberg, who will be a senior and rising sophomore Ricardo Jorge. To be eligible for ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition student-athletes must have a GPA of 3.50 or higher for the year.
Backstrom earned the honor for the third time in his career, posting a perfect 4.00 GPA for the year in managerial finance. In addition, Backstrom was named a Capital One Academic All-American, was inducted to the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Kallberg earned the honor for the first time in his career, finishing the year with a 3.89 GPA in business. He also made the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Jorge joined the team in January and helped lead the Rebels to the NCAA Championships, while posting a 3.60 GPA in business.
Stefan Lindmark and Joe Rogers joined Backstrom and Kallberg on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Ole Miss advanced to the NCAA regional final and boasted the SEC Player of the Year, Nik Scholtz. The Rebels were the only school in Division I tennis to have an All-American (Scholtz) and an Academic All-American (Backstrom).
– Ole Miss Sports Information
Prewitt Named To Thorpe Award Watch List
Ole Miss senior safety Cody Prewitt has been named to yet another preseason award watch list, as the Jim Thorpe Award released its 2014 list Friday.
This is the third watch list on which Prewitt has appeared this preseason. He is also a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award, which both honor the nation’s best defensive player.
Prewitt was a Thorpe Award semifinalist last year when he earned first team All-America honors as a free safety after leading the SEC and ranking among the nation’s leaders with six interceptions. The Bay Springs, Mississippi, native has been tabbed by most of the preseason magazines to repeat as an All-American in 2014.
The Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation’s best defensive back, was established in 1986 and is named after history’s greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe. Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out as a defensive back. In addition to his legendary performance on the football field, Thorpe played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.
The Jim Thorpe Award watch list is chosen by a screening committee who compile a list of 30-50 players. The list is not final, and players who have outstanding seasons are added as the season progresses. The Thorpe Award Winner is selected from three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 on ESPN.<
The Jim Thorpe Award Banquet will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 in Oklahoma City.
The Jim Thorpe Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 699 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more.
– Ole Miss Sports Information
On the heels of yesterday’s announcement of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll, 44 Ole Miss student-athletes were named to the 2014 SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll as announced Friday by the league office.
A total of 820 student-athletes were named to the 2013-14 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll, Friday by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. A total of 3,270 student-athletes around the league earned Academic Honor Roll recognition in 2013-14.
Women’s track and field boasted nine on the honor roll to lead the Rebels, while soccer placed seven. Baseball added six to yesterday’s 17 who made the Spring Honor Roll. Volleyball and men’s track and field had five on the list. Football and softball were next with three each. Men’s golf had two on the honor roll, while men’s basketball, women’s golf, rifle and women’s tennis had one each.
A total of 169 Rebel student-athletes were named to SEC Academic Honor Rolls for the 2013-14 year.
The SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2013-14 academic calendar.
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.
Ole Miss on the 2013-14 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll:
Evan Anderson – Baseball – Exercise Science
Peyton Attaway – Baseball – Journalism
Dalton Dulin – Baseball – Undeclared
Henri Lartigue – Baseball – Business Undeclared
Wyatt Short – Baseball – Undeclared
J.B. Woodman – Baseball – Business Undeclared
Dwight Coleby – M. Basketball – Undeclared
Ryan Buchanan – Football – Business Undeclared
Will Gleeson – Football – Undeclared
Austin Golson – Football – Undeclared
Jacob Ross – M. Golf – Undeclared
Ben Wolcott – M. Golf – Business Undeclared
Maria Toennessen – W. Golf – Human Resource Management
Alison Weisz – W. Rifle – Dietetics and Nutrition
Melissa Capocaccia – W. Soccer – Pre Pharmacy
Addie Forbus – W. Soccer – Journalism
Cheyenne Hall – W. Soccer – Chemical Engineering
Gretchen Harknett – W. Soccer – Biochemistry
Madi Killeen – W. Soccer – Elementary Education
Caitlin Lewis – W. Soccer – Biology
Mackenze Parma – W. Soccer – Geological Engineering
Emily Boyd – Softball – Economics
Miranda Strother – Softball – Undeclared
Courtney Syrett – Softball – Management
Zalina Khairudinova – W. Tennis – Business Undeclared
Conrad Collins – M. Track & Field – Philosophy
Julius Lembke – M. Track & Field – Business Undeclared
Carl Lowe – M. Track & Field – Pre Pharmacy
Will Spiers – M. Track & Field – Engineering
Jon Luke Watts – M. Track & Field – Public Policy Leadership
Lyndsey Acree – W. Track & Field – Criminal Justice
Saga Barzowski – W. Track & Field – Undeclared
Scarlett Fox – W. Track & Field – Journalism
Elisabeth Gaillet – W. Track & Field – Business Undeclared
Tavyn Lovitt – W. Track & Field – English Education
Arielle Wallace – W. Track & Field – Undeclared
Brittanee Wallace – W. Track & Field – Integrated Marketing Communications
Callie Watson – W. Track & Field – Undeclared
Leanne Zimmer – W. Track & Field – Anthropology
Laura Beaty – Volleyball – Integrated Marketing Communications
Kristen Brashear – Volleyball – Undeclared
Melanie Crow – Volleyball – Undeclared
Aubrey Edie – Volleyball – Elementary Education
Margaret Eggert – Volleyball – Integrated Marketing Communications
–Ole Miss Sports Information