After setting the grade point average record two consecutive semesters during the Spring and Fall of 2013, the football program set the bar even higher this Spring semester besting the previous records with a team GPA of 2.941.
49 members of the football program, 54 percent of the team, topped a GPA of 3.0 and were awarded the AFNI Honor Roll.
Senior wide receiver Scott Kuehn, was one of eight players on the team who achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA.
“I’m very proud of what we have accomplished as a program; it reflects very highly on all of my teammates, the coaches, and the resources provided to us by the athletics department.” Kuehn said.
Kuehn perfected the 4.0 GPA along with All-American defensive end Colton Underwood, cornerback Mike Banks, defensive lineman Matt McCown, fullback Matt Meyers, defensive back Steve Nelson, offensive lineman Mark Spelman and offensive lineman Jake Wienhoff.
“Our main goal as a staff when we started here was to upgrade the academic standards of the football program,” ISU head coach Brock Spack said. “We set out a benchmark of 3.0 for our players and felt that was very achievable, but a lot of people thought that was reaching a bit. With a 2.94 this semester, we’ve proved that a 3.0 is very attainable and as a program, we want to live up to the high academic standard of Illinois State University and the athletic department.”
With other nationally recognized athletic programs facing academic accusations and ineligibility, the football program of Illinois State University is paving the way for success on and off the field, nearly reaching the 3.0 GPA benchmark goal.
“All the credit goes to our players for working hard and focusing on their studies,” Spack said.
After toppling the GPA record for three consecutive semesters, the chances of doing it a fourth time may seem slim but the goal of a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 is within reach.
“I think it goes without saying that Coach Spack and the rest of the coaching staff are largely to thank along with the student center staff,” Kuehn said. “It’s been great to help build and set the standard for future generations of Redbird football.”
Approaching the fall semester and season, each student-athlete has nothing but high hopes of able to continue this trademark academic success.
ISU hosts its first game against Mississippi Valley State on Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m.