The Medal of Honor is given annually to student-athletes who achieve the highest grade point average in a conference-sponsored sport. Everyone that earned a Medal of Honor carried a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the year.
The JSU soccer team led all Gamecock sports with four recipients on the Medal of Honor list.
The OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll honorees must have achieved at least a 3.25 grade point average and have been eligible and on the team throughout the competitive season in their chosen NCAA-sponsored sport(s) and used a season of competition. The Gamecocks had a total of 100 student-athletes earn this honor, led by Softball with 15 honorees. Baseball and Soccer finished second with 14 honorees each, while Football and Volleyball had 11 and 10 honorees, respectively.
Jacksonville State also claimed the Team Academic Achievement Award in softball and shared the honor in men’s tennis with Austin Peay. Â The Team Academic Achievement Awards are presented annually in each Conference-sponsored sport to the member institution’s team with the greatest percentage of its eligible student-athletes who achieved a 3.25 grade point average or higher. Â The Gamecocks excelled on the softball diamond as well by claiming the 2013 OVC Softball Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The Jacksonville State athletics department posted an overall 3.003 grade point average during the 2012-13 academic year, marking the second-straight year the department finished above the 3.0 mark. A total of 134 student-athletes posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher during the academic year.
For the year, softball led all sports with a team GPA of 3.668 on JSU’s 4.0 scale to edge the Gamecock volleyball team’s total of 3.664. Women’s tennis (3.48) was third, men’s cross country (3.39) fourth, soccer (3.38) fifth and women’s golf posted a 3.34 to round out the top six programs for the year.
Men’s tennis (3.23), men’s golf (3.11) baseball (3.039) and women’s cross country (3.038) also each finished with a team GPA of 3.0 or higher during the 2012-13 academic year.
Jacksonville State posted a 3.01 last year, which was the highest in the history of the athletic department and the first time the entire athletics department finished above a 3.0 grade point average.
Additionally, senior baseball player Robby Lilly became the first Jacksonville State male student-athlete to receive the prestigeous Dr. Clarence William Daugette Award, which is awarded to the male graduate with the highest grade point average of the graduating class. There were 46 student-athletes that graduated during the year and 14 more are projected to receive their degrees during the summer commencement.
The league awarded 209 student-athletes with the OVC Medal of Honor, the most in the history of the award.
The OVC recognized 1,225 student-athletes in the league on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, surpassing another record for the honor roll.