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SEC Reveals McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award Nominees

April 03, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Twenty-eight Southeastern Conference student-athletes – one male and one female from each of the SEC’s 14 institutions - have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award, it was announced Wednesday.

Representing Texas A&M as nominees for the award were Case Cochran (men’s golf) and Lindsey Miller (volleyball).

Each year, the SEC, in conjunction with AT&T, an SEC Corporate Champion, provides the league’s male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients with a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship. The 26 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship.

The recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Awards will be revealed on April 5.

The SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award was first presented in 1986.  The honor was renamed the H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athletes of the Year in May 1990 to honor the former commissioner who served the conference from 1972-86.

The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 14 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla. on May 30.

Last year’s McWhorter Award recipients were South Carolina baseball player Michael Roth and Georgia swimmer Wendy Trott.

The 2013 nominees from each institution are profiled below.

 

Alabama

Barrett Jones, Football (Male McWhorter Nominee)

·         Graduated with a B.S. degree in commerce and business administration in August 2011 and earned a Master of Accountancy in December 2012, both with perfect 4.0 GPAs.

·         The 2012 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and a four-time Academic All-America selection, the first athlete in Alabama history to accomplish that feat. The William V. Campbell Award Winner and a two-time SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A member of the President’s List, Dean’s List, a Capstone Scholar and member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

·         A member of three BCS National Championship teams at Alabama as a starter at three different positions. Named team captain in 2012.

·         Inducted into numerous honor societies including Phi Eta Sigma, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Omicron Delta Kappa, the Blue Key Society, the Anderson Society and Phi Kappa Phi.

·         Winner of the Rimington Award, as well as a finalist for both the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award. A finalist for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. A first-team All-America and All-SEC selection.

·         Participated in numerous community service activities and took three spring break mission trips to Haiti and Nicaragua.

·         A native of Germantown, Tenn., he is the son of Rex and Leslie Jones.

Kayla Braud, Softball (Female McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a B.A. degree in communication (public relations) with minors in psychology and computing technology & applications in May 2013.

·         Helped Alabama to its first-ever NCAA softball championship as a second-team All-SEC selection and an All-America selection.

·         As a junior in 2012, played in 65 games with 64 starts in left field, finishing second on the team with a .345 average and 41 stolen bases with 60 runs scored.

·         A two-time CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American and a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete.

·         A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and named to the Dean’s List and President’s List at the University of Alabama.

·         Active in the community with Field of Angels, Tuscaloosa Tornado Relief, Athletes Kickin’ Cancer, Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, Read Across America and the Walk for Autism and te Light It Up Blue Campaign for the Autism Society of America.

·         A native of Eugene, Ore., she is the daughter of Denny and Kelli Braud.

 

Arkansas

Dylan Breeding, Football (Male McWhorter Nominee)

·         Earned a B.S. degree in marketing management cum laude in December 2012.

·         A four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, graduating in 3.5 years with a cumulative GPA of 3.82. Earned membership into the Beta Gamma Sigma business honors society for being ranked in the top-10 percent of his graduating class.

·         A first-team Academic All-American punter and a two-time All-SEC punter by both the Associated Press and the SEC coaches. A three-time nominee for the Burlsworth Award and was selected to participate in the East-West Shrine Game.

·         A two-time nominee for the Ray Guy Award, which is awarded to the nation’s top punter. A walk-on who earned a scholarship after two years and a four-year starter.

·         Active in a number of community service projects with the Boys and Girls Club of Fayetteville and Lift Up America. Went on a mission trip to Guatemala City in the summer of 2011 and was the president of Arkansas’ Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

·         Completed the Leadership Walton Program in the Walton College of Business, a program that promotes career developments and leadership.

·         A native of Hoover, Ala., he is the son of Marve and Kerri Breeding.

Hope McLemore, Softball (Female McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in community health promotion in May 2013.

·         The 2012-13 Razorback Foundation Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, named to the Chancellor’s Honor Roll and earned distinction as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete.

·         Team captain of the Arkansas softball team and a four-year letterwinner as a pitcher. Ranks in the top-10 all-time in school history in strikeouts, wins, games started, shutouts, strikeouts, complete games, batters faced and innings pitched.

·         A member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta National Health Preprofessional Honor Society and a member of the Arkansas Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, upon which she currently serves as vice president.

·         Co-founder and president of Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Arkansas Chapter and interned at the Pat Walker Health Center.

·         Heavily involved in a number of various community initiatives, including Book Hogs, Sweat Hawgs, the 7 Hills Homeless Shelter and Residential Community, the Samaritan Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity and the Full Circle Food Pantry.

·         A native of Ringling, Okla., she is the daughter of Terry and Elizabeth McLemore.

 

Auburn

Ashton Richardson, Football (Male McWhorter Nominee)

·         Graduated with a B.S. degree summa cum laude in animal science (pre-vet) in December 2012.

·         A finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship and winner of the 2012 Bobby Bowden Award from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Was a semifinalist for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, recognizing the top football scholar-athlete in the country.

·         An Academic All-SEC and CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Honoree, who was the marshal of the fall 2012 graduating class of the Auburn University College of Agriculture, graduating with a 3.91 overall GPA.

·         A member of Auburn’s SEC and BCS Championship team in 2010 and was awarded a full athletic scholarship in 2011 after being a Rudy Award Nominee in 2010.

·         Has volunteered with a number of organizations in the Auburn community including Loachapoka Elementary School, the Lee County Youth Development Center, the Auburn United Methodist Church and the Tuscaloosa Tornado Relief Effort.

·         Has been heavily involved with the Auburn University Hunger Studies Institute and aspires to take on the challenge of global hunger and poverty.

·         A native of New Orleans, La., he is the son of Al and Trina Richardson.

Blanche Alverson, Basketball (Female McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a B.S. degree in biomedical sciences in May 2013.

·         A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, a CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District selection in both 2011 and 2012. Named the 2012 SEC Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

·         Just the fourth player in Auburn women’s basketball history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 assists, 100 steals and 50 blocks in her career. Averaged 12.6 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game and connected on a team-best 67 three-pointers during her senior season of 2012-13.

·         Named to the inaugural Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Good Woks Team. Created “Ballin’ for Books,” which has raised more than 2,500 books to donate to the Pine Hills Literacy Club, the Loachapoka Library and the Inner City Atlanta School System.

·         Named Miss Homecoming at Auburn in 2012, becoming the first female student-athlete in school history to earn that distinction. A member of the Kappa Delta sorority.

·         A member of a number of honor societies including the Spade Honorary Scoiety, Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board, Chi Alpha Sigma, Cardinal Key, Delta Epsilon Iota, Order of Omega, Squires, Lambda Sigma, Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta. 

·         A native of Andalusia, Ala., she is the daughter of Bill and Cindy Alverson.

 

Florida

Max Lang, Track and Field (Male McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a B.S. degree in statistics in May 2013.

·         Named to the President’s Honor Roll and met requirements to be designated as a member of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team. Received the Florida Letterman Award for male scholar-athlete of the year in 2011, given to the athlete who maintains the highest GPA during the previous calendar year of study.

·         On track to graduate with a 3.94 GPA and was named an Anderson Scholar in 2010, given for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average through his initial four semesters of study.

·         Served as a volunteer with the “Streetlight” program at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, which works with chronically and terminally ill adolescent and young adult patients. Served as both a shift captain and outpatient team captain with “Streetlight.”

·         Offered induction into Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Florida.

·         A varsity letterwinner on the four-time NCAA Champion Florida track and field team after walking on to the team in 2009. Qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round meet in the pole vault in 2011 and was one spot shy of qualifying for the NCAA Championship meet.

·         A native of Tallahassee, Fla., he is the son of Alan Lang and Deborah Frank.

Betsy Smith, Volleyball (Female McWhorter Nominee)

·         Earned a B.A. degree in business administration magna cum laude and a B.A. degree in political science cum laude with a minor in mass communication in December 2012.

·         A four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and honored on the Warrington College of Business Dean’s List, graduating with a 3.87 grade point average. Inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society.

·         Team captain of the 2012 Florida volleyball team, earning second-team All-SEC honors. A member of three SEC Championship teams, four NCAA Sweet 16 teams and one NCAA Elite Eight team. Was a two-year starter at middle blocker.

·         A University Scholars Participant who was selected by the Heavener School of Business to receive a scholarship to conduct research on the economic effects of accountability.

·         Earned her team’s Gator Power Strength and Conditioning Award and Gator Spirit Award. Also earned her squad’s Team Academic Award.

·         Former President of the University of Florida’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was Chairperson and Director of the 2010 Florida Letterman Awards. The sole student-athlete representative to serve on the University Athletic Association Board of Directors. Active in the community with Baby Gator Day Care and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

·         A native of Atlanta, Ga., she is the daughter of Dale and Rebecca Smith.

 

Georgia

Ty Frix, Football (Male McWhorter Nominee)

·         Earned a B.S. degree in biological engineering magna cum laude in May 2012 and is currently working towards a Master of Business Administration degree.

·         A CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America and All-District Team selection and member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. Participated in L.E.A.D., a student-athlete leadership academy within the University of Georgia Athletic Association.

·         Recipient of the Joel Eaves Scholar-Athlete Award given to the rising senior male athlete with the highest GPA (3.77) and earned a 2011 Ramsey Endowment Scholarship for being among the top-10 students in the athletic program based on GPA.

·         Elected as special teams captain for 2012 and served as the starting snapper in 54 consecutive games. Snapped for three years to Drew Butler, All-American punter and 2009 Ray Guy Award Winner.

·         Team compiled a 46-21 record over his five years, and played in five bowl games and two SEC Championship games. Was part of a 2012 that set the school record for most points scored in a season (529), highest average of points scored per game (37.8) and most point-after-touchdowns made (63).

·         Heavily involved with a number of community service initiatives including Sunshine, the Boys and Girls Club and volunteer long snapping lessons. A member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Golden Key International and Delta Epsilon Iota.

·         A native of Calhoun, Ga., he is the son of Mitchell and Tina Frix.

Shayla Worley, Gymnastics (Female McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and marketing in August 2013.

·         A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, the Dean’s List, the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll and a three-time Scholastic All-America by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches. Recipient of a Ramsey Scholarship for Athletic and Academic Excellence in 2012-13 as one of the top-10 Georgia student-athletes as ranked by grade point average (3.8). Recipient of the Terry College of Business’ Who’s Who Award.

·         Has studied abroad in both Australia and Costa Rica.

·         A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and heavily involved in the community through volunteering with the Athens Homeless Shelter, the Special Olympics, Relay for Life and St. Mary’s Hospital.

·         Participated in L.E.A.D., a student-athlete leadership academy within the University of Georgia Athletic Association.

·         A 2012 second-team NCAA All-American on beam and holds career bests of 9.85 (vault), 9.925 (bars), 9.95 (beam), 9.95 (floor) and 39.50 (all-around).

·         A native of Orlando, Fla., she is the daughter of Debbie Worley.

 

Kentucky

Morgan Newton, Football (Male McWhorter Nominee)

·         Earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in December 2012.

·         Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the Athletics Directors Honor Roll.

·         Named a 2011 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar.

·         Inducted into the University of Kentucky’s prestigious Frank G. Ham Society of Character.

·         Two-year starter at quarterback for the Kentucky football team.  

·         Named to the SEC Community Service Team. Involved in a number of community service projects including God’s Pantry Backpack Program, Read Across America, the Berea Outreach Program, the Christian Appalachian Pike Country Project and volunteered his time at numerous clinics and elementary schools.

·         A native of Carmel, Ind., is the son of John and Ruby Newton.

Chelsea Oswald, Track and Field (Female McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a B.S. degree in biology in May 2013 and a B.S. in psychology in June 2014. Holds a perfect 4.0 GPA.

·         Recipient of the prestigious NCAA Elite 89 Award for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. It is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s Championships.

·         A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll and the Dean’s List each semester of her collegiate career. Recipient of an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship and a nominee for the 2013 NCAA Walter Byers Scholarship.

·         A 2012 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Cross Country All American and a first-team All-SEC cross country selection. Also a 2013 USTFCCCA Indoor Track and Field All-American in the 3,000 meters and the distance medley relay.

·         Inducted into Kentucky’s prestigious Frank G. Ham Society of Character, an officer with the UK Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Active in the community, volunteering with Operation Homes, the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, Soles for Souls shoe drive, God’s Pantry Meal Packing, the North East Ohio Cross Country Camp and the Hope Lodge Christmas Ceremony.

·         A member of the UK Pre-Physical Therapy Student Association and the UK Pre-Dental Student Association, a volunteer at UK Health Care Sports Medicine and a Chemistry Excel Teaching Assistant.

·         A native of Medina, Ohio, she is the daughter of John and Sharon Oswald.

 

LSU

Joseph Caraway, Track and Field (Male McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a B.S. degree in kinesiology in May 2013.

·         Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll and earned All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

·         A member of the Dean’s List and named LSU’s Scholar-Athlete of the Month during the spring of 2012.

·         A three-time track and field letterwinner in the pole vault, advancing to three consecutive NCAA East Preliminary Rounds. Won the college division event at the prestigious Penn Relays in 2012.

·         A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and belongs to the National Society of Leadership.

·         Active in the community in a variety of ways including Habitat for Humanity, Big Buddy Day, Thanksgiving with the Tigers and the Juvenile Diabetes Walk.

·         A native of Iowa, La., he is the son of Julius and LaDonna Caraway.

Madie Jones, Volleyball (Female McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a B.S. degree in industrial engineering with a minor in business administration in December 2013.

·         A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and a member of the Pi Society, Alpha Pi Mu, Chi Alpha Sigma, Sigma Alpha Pi and the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society.

·         An All-SEC second team member in 2011 and 2012 and a three-year starter for the LSU volleyball team. Became just the 19th player in LSU volleyball history to reach 1,000 career kills and finished her career in 15th place on the program’s all-time career kills list with 1,110. Team captain for the 2012 season.

·         Twice named to the SEC Community Service Team (2010, 2012) and was active in a number of community service initiatives, including PAWS in the PMAC, Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Thanksgiving with the Tigers, LSU Spring Greening Day, the Special Olympics, Read Across Louisiana and Give Kids a Smile Day.

·         President of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and president of the LSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

·         Interned with Cameron as a GRDP Supply Chain Intern, performing direct spend analysis on the company’s aftermarket plant in Waller, Texas.

·         A native of Plano, Texas, she is the daughter of Jon and Rebecca Jones.

 

Ole Miss

Adrian Forberg Skogeng, Tennis (Male McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in managerial finance in May 2013.

·         A member of the Chancellor’s Honor Roll, the Dean’s Honor Roll and the SEC Academic Honor Roll. A CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District selection and an ITA Scholar-Athlete.

·         Helped his tennis team earn the Chancellor’s Cup Team Award each of the last three years, representing the men’s athletics team with the highest GPA for each calendar year.

·         A member of the Ole Miss men’s tennis team that won the SEC West Division in 2010 and has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in three consecutive years.

·         Represented Norway in the Davis Cup in 2009 and 2010.

·         Has volunteered with the North Mississippi Regional Medical Center, the Oxford, Miss., Special Olympics and the Ball Collection for Oxford Preschools and Elementary Schools.

·         A native of Oslo, Norway, he is the son of Stein-Erik Skogeng and Froydis Forberg.

Neal Tisher, Track and Field (Female McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a B.A. degree in psychology with a minor in biology in May 2013.

·         A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, the Chancellor’s Honor Roll and the Dean’s Honor Roll. A U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Selection. Inducted into the Gamma Sigma Alpha Honors Society, a National Greek Honors Society.

·         Ole Miss’ school record holder both indoors and outdoors in the pole vault. Earned USTFCCCA Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2012, a season in which she was a dual-event scorer (pole vault and javelin) at the SEC Championships.

·         A fundraising volunteer at St. Jude Hospital and has participated in both the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and the Out of Darkness Suicide Awareness Walk.

·         A member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, where she served as a Panhellenic Delegate in 2010-11 and a housing manager in 2011-12.

·         A member of the Ole Miss Homecoming Court and selected to Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.

·         A native of Mobile, Ala., she is the daughter of David and Cornelia Tisher.

 

Mississippi State

Sam Frost, Baseball (Male McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to earn a B.S. degree in mathematics in the summer of 2013.

·         An SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and member of the Dean’s List and President’s List.

·         Inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

·         Accumulated 84 starts over three years with the Mississippi State baseball team that advanced to the 2011 NCAA Super Regional and claimed the 2012 SEC Tournament Championship.

·         Volunteered in the community at various children’s baseball camps, with Habitat for Humanity, with the Brookwood Emergency Department and at various high school and children’s camps.

·         An Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League All-Star during the summer of 2012.

·         A native of Hoover, Ala., he is the son of Steve and Donna Frost.

Stephanie Becker, Softball (Female McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a B.S. degree in elementary education in May 2014.

·         A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar-Athlete in 2011.

·         Led the 2012 Mississippi State softball team in ERA, strikeouts and wins, finishing seventh in the SEC in wins and ninth in appearances and strikeouts. 

·         Ranks among the top-10 in MSU school history on the single-season list for games started (36), strikeouts (163), strikeout ratio (6.25), wins (18), innings pitched (182.2) and winning percentage (.643).

·         Has volunteered at a number of elementary schools and with a variety of free softball and pitching clinics.

·         Has participated in Habitat for Humanity and teamed up with the Tuscaloosa Area Volunteer Reception Center to clean up tornado debris in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

·         A native of Aurora, Ill., she is the daughter of Mike and Kim Becker.

 

Missouri

Nathan McCormick, Wrestling (Male McWhorter Nominee)

·         Earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in business management cum laude in December 2012 and is currently working towards a Master of Business Administration degree.

·         A three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection and named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

·         Named to the Dean’s List for nine consecutive semesters.

·         A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as treasurer for 2012-13, and one of two student-athletes amongst more than 550 total athletes selected to represent the Missouri athletes on the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee.

·         Active in the community as a participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, One Mizzou for Joplin and the Philip Perry Memorial.

·         A 2013 All-American at 133 pounds, a three-time NCAA qualifier in wrestling and a two-time team captain. Was the University Freestyle National Champion in June 2012 and helped his team to the 2012 Big 12 team title and the 2013 MAC title. Earned the Ed Lampitt Total Tiger Award for leadership on and off the wrestling mat at the University of Missouri.

·         A native of Leawood, Kan., he is the son of Mike and Jennifer McCormick.

Allison Hu, Soccer (Female McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a B.S. degree in health sciences in May 2013.

·         Team captain of the Missouri soccer team in 2012 after transferring from St. Louis University following her sophomore season. Voted Newcomer of the Year on her team in 2011 and was named a CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performer during the 2012 campaign.

·         A CoSIDA Capital One Second Team Academic All-American, Academic All-District First Team selection, 2012 SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year and member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

·         Inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and a member of the Dean’s Honor Roll for the School of Health Professions at the University of Missouri.

·         Volunteered with the Special Needs Soccer Association, playing soccer with children who had mental or physical disabilities.

·         Volunteered as a pharmacy technician at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Pharmacy, filling prescriptions and performing other pertinent pharmacy tasks.

·         A native of St. Charles, Mo., she is the daughter of Ray and Tina Hu.

 

South Carolina

LB Dantzler, Baseball (Male McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a B.S. degree in sport and entertainment management in August 2013.

·         A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll.

·         Elected as one of the three team captains for the 2013 South Carolina baseball team.

·         A 2012 second-team All-SEC third baseman, starting 69 games and hitting a walk-off double in the 12th inning against Clemson to send South Carolina to the regional finals. Was named his team’s Golden Glove Award recipient.

·         Volunteered extensively with the Epworth Children’s Home, assisting with everyday activities for the orphanage.

·         A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Sport and Entertainment Management Club at South Carolina.

·         A native of Winter Haven, Fla., he is the son of Brad and Susan Dantzler.

Whitney Avers, Swimming (Female McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a B.S. degree in exercise science with a minor in psychology in May 2013.

·         A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, the President’s Honor List and the Arnold School of Public Health Dean’s List. A Capstone Scholar.

·         Named team captain for 2012-13. Competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 butterfly and ranks in the top-10 in South Carolina school history in four different events – the 200 butterfly, the 400 individual medley, the 400 freestyle relay and the 800 freestyle relay.

·         A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Arnold School of Public Health Dean’s Student Advisory Council Exercise Science representative.

·         Active in the community in a variety of initiatives including Relay For Life, Transitions, Camp Sunshine, First Presbyterian Church, Claude A. Taylor Elementary, Dance Marathon, the Carolina Children’s Home and the Ronald McDonald House.

·         Has interned at Carolina Physical Therapy, Kernan Hospital and Lifestrength Physical Therapy. 

·         A native of Arnold, Md., she is the daughter of Randall Avers and Janet Johnson.

 

Tennessee

Brent Sterling, Diving (Male McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a B.S. degree in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology in May 2013.

·         Received the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Elite 89 Award at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships and is a first-team Academic All-American.

·         An SEC Academic Honor Roll selection who, in 2012, was recognized as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year among all male athlete at the University of Tennessee. Earned four-time recognition by the Athletics Board for having the highest GPA among all student-athletes in his class.

·         A two-time SEC finalist and three-time NCAA participant as a diver. Earned 2013 honorable mention All-America honors on the 1-meter springboard. Has been a four-time qualifier for U.S. nationals, including being a two-time semifinalist in 2008 and 2012.

·         Became just the ninth diver in Tennessee history to break 400 points in the three-meter event.

·         Highly involved in the community, including working with the Radiology Department at UT and volunteering with Feed The Homeless, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Knoxville, Walk for the cure and the Red Cross.

·         A native of Knoxville, Tenn., he is the son of Robert and Nancy Sterling.

Jasmine Brown, Volleyball (Female McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a B.S. degree in social work in May 2013.

·         A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the Dean’s List, maintaining a cumulative 3.92 grade point average.

·         A VolScholar who helped her team earn the American Volleyball Coaches Association Academic Team Award.

·         Named to the 2012 SEC Community Service Team. A four-year letterwinner for the Tennessee volleyball program that won the 2011 SEC Championship and appeared in the NCAA Tournament in each of her four seasons.

·         Collaborated with two classmates to create a proposal to submit to the “Ready for the World” committee of the University of Tennessee, designed to increase intercultural awareness. Created an idea to have nine countries presented by two natives of those countries, presenting to the audience with social, economic or political problems plaguing their own countries. Hosted a conference in November 2012.

·         Volunteered with Teams and Toys as the team representative, visited East Tennessee Hospital, participated in Soles for Souls and Habitat for Humanity, among her community service activities.

·         A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., she is the granddaughter of Bessie Durden.

 

Texas A&M

Case Cochran, Golf (Male McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to earn a B.S. degree in sport management cum laude with minors in business administration and economics in May 2013.

·         A two-time Texas A&M Outstanding Athletics Scholar Winner, a nine-time Dean’s List recipient, a three-time B.K. Watson academic achievement award winner and the recipient of the 2012 Dr. Gerald Lage Big 12 Award.

·         Member of the 2009 Texas A&M NCAA Championship team and his scores have counted for the team more than 57 percent of the time.

·         Best collegiate finish came at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas in November 2010, where he placed fourth.

·         A three-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

·         Has been active in the community in a variety of ways, including the Neal Elementary Reading Program, the Big Event, Hard Hats for Little Heads and has worked the Texas A&M Summer Golf Camp.

·         A native of Paducah, Ky., he is the son of Russ and Jackie Cochran.

Lindsey Miller, Volleyball (Female McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a B.S. degree in human resource development with minors in business administration and sport management in May 2013.

·         A member of the Academic All Big 12 team and the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Named to the Dean’s List at Texas A&M.

·         A four-year starter that started every match of her collegiate career and ranks sixth all-time in school history with a .311 hitting percentage. Also ranks in the top-10 in program history in block assists (409) and total blocks (462). Team captain in 2012.

·         An American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region Team member, an honorable mention All-American.

·         A candidate for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

·         A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, that participated in a number of community service activities including Aggie Move-In Day, National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Hard Hats for Little Heads and Junior Aggie Club Activities. 

·         A native of Katy, Texas, she is the daughter of Hal and Jenifer Miller.

 

Vanderbilt

Richard Kent, Football (Male McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to earn a B.A. degree in Spanish and interdisciplinary studies in May 2013.

·         A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the Dean’s List.

·         A three-year starter for the Vanderbilt football team, setting the Vanderbilt record for most punts in a single season at 84 in 2010.

·         Named to the preseason Watch List for the Ray Guy Award in 2012.

·         Volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, served as an English tutor in Guadalupe, Mexico, visited the local children’s hospital and volunteered at Dance Marathon.

·         A member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and was nominated for the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.

·         A native of Marietta, Ga., he is the son of Brad and Barbee Kent.

Gabby Smith, Basketball (Female McWhorter Nominee)

·         Expected to graduate with a B.S. degree in cognitive studies/sociology in May 2013.

·         A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the Dean’s List in every semester. Named to the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society.

·         Designed an organized a research study on self-fulfilling prophesies in athletics in the Vanderbilt Psychology and Human Development Lab, using a case that had affected her own athletic performance. 

·         Earned the Commodore Award, given by her head coach to the team member who best demonstrates unwavering commitment to the VU program, and the Weightlifter of the Year award within the Vanderbilt women’s basketball program. Team captain for the 2012-13 season.

·         Co-founder of VU Hoops for Kids, a partnership between the Vanderbilt women’s basketball program and the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

·         Volunteered at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital, assisted at the Youth Encouragement Services’ Lindsley Center and the Camp for Courageous Kids.

·         A native of Terrace Park, Ohio, she is the daughter of James and Julie Smith.

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