UGA places league-leading 128 on SEC spring honor roll

Georgia led the SEC in representatives on the conference’s spring-sports academic honor roll, which was announced by the league office this week.

Georgia had 128 student-athletes on the list, more than any other school.

UGA athletic director Greg McGarity cheered the news, which he said should not be drowned out by reports of other athletes who have gotten in trouble.

“Here are 128 student-athletes who are doing things the right way, and that is a big deal,” McGarity said Thursday. “They should receive as much attention as those who get in trouble. The fact is, 99 percent of college athletes do things the right way, but the 1 percent who do wrong tend to get more attention.”

To make the SEC’s spring-sports honor roll, athletes in baseball, equestrian, golf, softball, tennis and track and field must have at least a 3.0 grade point average for the preceding academic year or a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Here are the UGA representatives on the SEC’s spring-sports academic honor roll, with hometowns and majors:


Bryan Benzor, Loganville, Ga., Communication Studies

Brett DeLoach, Blackshear, Ga., Management

Chase Hawkins, Snellville, Ga., Management Information Systems

Jonathan Hester, Savannah, Ga., Biological Engineering

Taylor Hicks, Statham, Ga., Sport Management

Levi Hyams, Stafford, Va., Communication Studies

Colby May, Guyton, Ga., Communication Studies

Michael Palazzone, Marietta, Ga., Finance

Curtis Powell, Knoxville, Tenn., Communication Studies

Ross Ripple, Marietta, Ga., Business

Kevin Ruiz, Alpharetta, Ga., Finance

Jay Swinford, Athens, Ga., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Peter Verdin, Alexandria, Va., Sport Management

Alex Wood, Charlotte, N.C., Sport Management


Nicki Alexander, Atlanta, Ga., Spanish

Alex Andes, Atlanta, Ga., Digital & Broadcast Journalism

Carly Anthony, Redmond, Wash., Management

Louise Ashley, Newton, Pa., Engineering

Samantha Baker, Ellijay, Ga., Advertising

Jaclyn Beckley, Cumming, Ga., Agribusiness

Kelsey Berry, Alpharetta, Ga., Marketing

Madeline Brown, Alpharetta, Ga., Risk Management & Insurance

Honey Beth Campbell, Gainesville, Ga., International Affairs

Melanie Carraway, Evans, Ga., English

Morgan Collins, Perry, Ga., Poultry Science

Kathryn Crump, Athens, Ga., Applied Biotechnology

Olivia Dorey, Sudbury, Mass., Finance

Ali Eidson, Tuscola, Tex., Consumer Journalism

Faith Fiorenzano, Jamestown, R.I., Marketing

Caitlyn Francis, Oak Bluffs, Mass., Political Science

Jenny Freeman, Canton, Ga., Health Promotions

Sarah Gravely, Palmetto, Fla., Management Information Systems

Rebecca Haaland, Edmond, Okla., Communication Studies

Katherine Hagerty, Wakefield, R.I., Art

Hayley Haskins, Alpharetta, Ga., Fashion Merchandise

Allison Haspel, Manhassett, N.Y., Psychology

Julia Hemingway, Alpharetta, Ga., Public Relations

Jacklyn Hoyt, Manlius, N.Y., Anthropology

Isabel Jolicoeur, Wellington, Fla., Art

Tara Maloney, Milton, Ga., Management Information Systems

Selby Merritt, Atlanta, Ga., Public Relations

Michelle Morris, La Canada, Calif., Film Studies

Grace Rogers, Lititz, Pa., Psychology

Maria Salazar, Portland, Ore., Consumer Economics

Anna Sasser, Jonesboro, Ga., Family Financial Planning

Lauren Shamon, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Animal Science

Kate Skoglund, Tualatin, Ore., Biology

Rachel Stallman, Atlanta, Ga., Dietetics

Morgan Stamey, McDonough, Ga., Health & Physical Education

Ali Sullivan, Wilton, Conn., Animal Science

Kelsey Thatcher, Bluffdale, Utah, Early Childhood Education

Alyssa Thompson, Cumming, Ga., Animal Science

Kelly Truesdell, Brights Grove, Ontario, Health Promotion

Brittlan Wall, Suwanee, Ga., Sport Management

Megan Yeager, Braselton, Ga., Biological Science


Michael Cromie, Cary, N.C., Consumer Economics

T.J. Mitchell, Albany, Ga., Consumer Economics


Emilie Burger, Hoschton, Ga., Recreation & Leisure Studies

Tess Fordham, Metter, Ga., Accounting

Amelia Hill, St. Simons Island, Ga., Psychology

Abby Johnson, Buford, Ga., Sport Management

Milena Savich, Carmel, Ind., Journalism.


Macie Couey, Milledgeville, Ga., Health & Physical Education

Brittney Hubbard, Victorville, Calif., Magazines

Tiesha Reed, Elberton, Ga., Business

Kristyn Sandberg, Island Park, N.Y., Health & Physical Education.


Sadio Doumbia, Toulouse, France, Risk Management and Insurance

Hernus Pieters, Pretoria, South Africa, Business

Will Reynolds, Chattanooga, Tenn., Communication Studies

Wil Spencer, Ponce de Leon, Fla., International Affairs

Ignacio Taboada, Atlanta, Ga., Real Estate


Kate Fuller, Suwanee, Ga., Business

Alina Jerjomina, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Business

Kelli Jordan, Tifton, Ga., Biological Science

Maho Kowase, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan, Business


Lucas Baker, McDonough, Ga., Business

Matthew Cleaver, Marietta, Ga., Biology

Brian Detweiler, Stone Mountain, Ga., Management Information Systems

Jared Dunn, Johns Creek, Ga., Public Relations

Caleb Ebbets, Leesburg, Ga., Exercise and Sport Science

J.P. Hackney, Marietta, Ga., History

Kyle James, Marietta, Ga., Finance

Nicholas Long, Gainesville, Ga., International Affairs

Brandon Lord, Chattanooga, Tenn., Applied Biotechnology

Burke McCarty, Dunwoody, Ga., Exercise and Sport Science

Brian Moore, Willow Grove, Pa., Sociology

Fraser Reade, Milton, Ga., Telecommunication Arts

Brett Richardson, Lilburn, Ga., Social Studies Education

Trevor Sprague, Dunwoody, Ga., Biology

Miles Svoboda, Marietta, Ga., Economics

Graylin Ward, Newnan, Ga., Sociology


Sarah Akinosho, Kennesaw, Ga., Political Science

Jenna Albert, Cumming, Ga., Exercise & Sport Science

Erika Allen, Lithonia, Ga., Broadcast News

Maria Augutis, Gothenburg, Sweden, Geology

Katherine Bickley, Marietta, Ga., Health & Physical Education

Leslie Boozer, Birmingham, Ala., Genetics

Emily Brewer, Snellville, Ga., Middle School Education

Ann Centner, Watkinsville, Ga., Consumer Foods

Jamie Chandler, Alpharetta, Ga., Spanish

LaTroya Darrell, Smith¹s Parish, Bermuda, Child & Family Development

Nicole DiMercurio, Suwanee, Ga., Communication Studies

Rachel Donovan, Bogart, Ga., Accounting

Lindsey Ebert, Lilburn, Ga., Magazines

Hadley Ferguson, Fernandina Beach, Fla., Fashion Merchandise

Greer Gafford, Atlanta, Ga., Animal Science

Emily Houston, Jensen Beach, Fla., Advertising

Savannah Kirk, Atlanta, Ga., Business

Kristie Krueger, Argyle, Tex., Environmental Economics & Management

Benita Kurtz, Augusta, Ga., Psychology

Katherine Lacksen, Sparta, Ga., Ecology

Kathleen LaPorte, Atlanta, Ga., Journalism

Nikola Lomnicka, Nitra, Slovakia, Recreation & Leisure Studies

Courtney Long, Marietta, Ga., Microbiology

Eve Machovec, Augusta, Ga., Magazines

Megan Malasarte, Fayetteville, Ga., Journalism

Sydney Marshall, Alpharetta, Ga., Communication Studies

Bret McDaniel, Atlanta, Ga., Economics

Allyson McGinty, Suwanee, Ga., History

Emily McNutt, Woodstock, Ga., Early Childhood Education

Ali McWhirter, Atlanta, Ga., Health Promotions

Lucie Ondraschkova, Opava, Czech Republic, Finance

Nicole Peterson, Gaithersburg, Md., Mass Media Arts

Abbie Robinson Douglasville, Ga., Magazines

Shelby Robison, Lansdale, Pa., Health Promotions

Ashley Shiver, Satellite Beach, Fla., Animal Sciences & Nutrition Sciences

Kelsey Stovall, New Orleans, La., Animal Health and Science

Carin Walker, Alpharetta, Ga., Pre-Journalism

82 comments Add your comment


July 12th, 2012
7:41 pm

Congratulations on your accomplishments!!

Dawg Haus

July 12th, 2012
7:53 pm

Thanks for reporting some positive news, Chip! Congrats to these DGDs!


July 12th, 2012
8:05 pm

Great job guys/girls… I’d love to read more stories like this!


July 12th, 2012
8:07 pm

Great news for baseball, men’s track, women’s track, equestian (who else in the SEC has this sport?), women’s tennis, men’s tennis, softball, men’s golf, women’s golf…..congrats to you all.

Wait…..what about football? Basketball? But thank God for equestian.

Hey…..Kelli Jordan…..gongrats…..and go Blue Devils!!!


July 12th, 2012
8:08 pm


Paul (I use my real name) Midler

July 12th, 2012
8:36 pm

Great job Dawgs!!!!


July 12th, 2012
8:38 pm

TampaGator, this is the SPRING honor roll – no football or basketball.

John boy

July 12th, 2012
8:53 pm

Damn good Job! Damn good Dogs!

Left Coast Dawg

July 12th, 2012
9:34 pm

That’s one helluva Equestrian Team!!

Hurt Kurbstreit

July 12th, 2012
9:47 pm

Congats to all of those on the honor roll. Good gosh how many athletes are on the Equestrian team anyway? It must be a smart team. No football players on the honor roll? That’s crazy.


July 12th, 2012
10:09 pm

Wonder what their GPA would be at a real educational facility. Football players are fulfilling their “community service” obligations.

The Truth in the Numbers

July 12th, 2012
10:11 pm

When did Equestrian become an athletic sport? The Horse is the real athlete, the rider is just a glorified bus driver. However, anytime a student earns honor roll status it is to be celebrated.

41 equestrians….

Mountain Dawg

July 12th, 2012
10:22 pm

Hey, Truth in the Numbers…If you don’t think Equestrian is an athletic sport, just try it sometime. What an IDIOT!

George Stein

July 12th, 2012
10:22 pm

Excellent accomplishment. Keep up the good work, folks.


July 12th, 2012
10:29 pm

Congratulations, Students and athletes! You do UGA very proud!!


July 12th, 2012
10:29 pm

They are all DGDs…


July 12th, 2012
10:43 pm

Yea – that’s great for UGA Big Name Sports – the Equestrian team made-up about a 3rd of the total – with nearly another 3rd coming from Women’s Track. I didn’t notice a SINGLE UGA football player on this list – hmm – the most beloved of all sports at UGA. Laughable.

Frank Lane

July 12th, 2012
10:45 pm

THIS IS AWESOME. Thanks for reporting. Never seen so many good students on a baseball team.

Mountain Dawg

July 12th, 2012
10:47 pm

whatever – You are also an IDIOT. Your asinine post proves it.

The Truth in the Numbers

July 12th, 2012
11:09 pm

Mountain Dawg

July 12th, 2012
10:22 pm
Hey, Truth in the Numbers…If you don’t think Equestrian is an athletic sport, just try it sometime. What an IDIOT

For your information, I am a Equine Veterinarian, have a daughter who rides English Style Equestrian and have more than two dozen Thoroughbred horse Jockeys who are close personal friends. I guess you cannot take a joke.

By the way, during the ESPN Top 100 Athletes of the Century, Secretariat finished 35th, while Willie Shoemaker was 57th. Learn to take a joke and grow up. I guess in the Mountains that humor is not part of the culture.

Dawg Whisperer

July 12th, 2012
11:11 pm

How come Tide Roll isn’t interested in equestrian? Where is Game Changer? How refreshing to read a blog without their negative input.

Equestrian Mom

July 12th, 2012
11:20 pm

Enter your comments here

Mountain Dawg

July 12th, 2012
11:23 pm

The Truth in the Numbers

Ask your daughter if she is “just a glorified bus driver”.

I’m sure she will appreciate your wonderful sense of humor.

Equestrian Mom

July 12th, 2012
11:23 pm

Congrats UGA Equestrian team!! These girls
Have worked very hard with very little recognition and have won five national championships!! Keep up the hard work Mane Dawgs!!

The Truth in the Numbers

July 12th, 2012
11:25 pm

Mountain Dawg

July 12th, 2012
11:23 pm
The Truth in the Numbers

Ask your daughter if she is “just a glorified bus driver”.

I’m sure she will appreciate your wonderful sense of humor

That is a jockey term for a jockey with a great horse who he knows can win…… like I said, get a sense of humor and hope the football team players stay out of trouble for the rest of the year.


July 12th, 2012
11:41 pm

how many did the PEN on North Avenue have?


July 12th, 2012
11:46 pm

-Congrats dawgs on this accomplishment!!…Not so easy to do and often goes un-recognized…we all all very proud of you!!

Saint Nick

July 13th, 2012
12:08 am

What? Nobody from underwater basket weaving?


July 13th, 2012
2:46 am

I’m not going to call anyone an idiot for wondering where the uga football honor roll athletes because i nearly made that mistake myself… but this is SPRING SPORTS only. We have some really smart people on the UGA football team.


July 13th, 2012
6:07 am

Anytime you can lead your conference in academics for anything it’s good.After all that’s the purpose in them being there in the first place.Good job Dawgs.

Fair n Balanced

July 13th, 2012
7:13 am

Old Dawg

July 13th, 2012
7:18 am

Great news! Congrats to all.


July 13th, 2012
7:22 am

Some really tough degrees here…

Health Promotions

Fashion Merchandise

Film Studies


Health and Physical Education

Exercise and Sport Management

Telecommunication Arts

Consumer Foods

Recreation & Leisure Studies

And of course, everyone’s favorite: Magazines

What a bunch of worthless crap degrees.


July 13th, 2012
8:07 am


July 13th, 2012
8:08 am

Lane the only worthless crap on here is you and your husband.


July 13th, 2012
8:10 am

whatever it’s for Spring sports…Football is played in the fall you da.


July 13th, 2012
8:12 am

I don’t know what to say!


July 13th, 2012
8:23 am


Football and basketball players don’t take classes in the spring…..why is that?


July 13th, 2012
8:41 am

Ok, I know first hand of at least one Football player who should be on this list! Where are the football players!


July 13th, 2012
8:41 am

Great job…….too bad a few meathead football players get most of the “bad” press….when these kids are doing it right. Thanks guys and gals for not wasting our tax dollars and for not wasting your great scholarship opportunities.


July 13th, 2012
8:43 am

This list is for “spring” sports


July 13th, 2012
8:43 am


just a fan

July 13th, 2012
8:45 am

Congratulations to all!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!


July 13th, 2012
9:05 am

I assume the fools asking about football never went to college. SATs have that tricky verbal segment where reading comprehension is essential. 28 football players were on the fall honor roll, including Aaron Murray, who will have a doctorate when he leaves UGA, and Orson Charles, who will be playing on Sunday this September.


July 13th, 2012
9:06 am


Probably best for you to not say anything ;)


July 13th, 2012
9:07 am

I guess they play football in the SPRING, In Tampa?


July 13th, 2012
9:22 am

And 12 on the GBIs most wanted list…he he.

Wow, I bet this killed Chip...

July 13th, 2012
9:22 am

…to report something positive about his alma mater, UGA…

Hey, Lane...

July 13th, 2012
9:27 am

…I also saw majors such as Accounting, Biology, Animal Science, Applied Biotechnology, Environmental Science Management, Management Information Systems, Economics, and even Engineering…


July 13th, 2012
9:34 am

Had no idea the equestrian team has such a big roster. Congrats to all.