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Student-Athletes Excel in the Classroom

June 9, 2004

Thirty Georgia Tech football players-nearly one-third of the team-and five members of the Tech men’s basketball team registered a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the recently completed spring semester.

They are among the 152 Rambling Wreck student-athletes in all sports, who achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the spring semester, representing about 45 percent of Tech’s student-athlete population.

While the Yellow Jacket basketball team was making its’ stunning run to the NCAA title game, seniors Marvin Lewis, Clarence Moore and David Nelson and freshmen Mario West and Keith Jones were also making the Dean’s List. Lewis and Nelson, who both graduated this semester, recorded perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

Headlining the football student-athletes on the Dean’s List is all-Atlantic Coast Conference tailback P.J. Daniels, a sophomore tailback from Houston, Texas, as well as linebackers Gerris Wilkinson and Chris Reis, wide receiver Nate Curry, strong safety Dawan Landry and guard Andy Tidwell-Neal.

All six members of Tech’s nationally-ranked golf team were named to the Dean’s List as the squad posted a cumulative GPA of 3.53. The women’s swimming team was next with a 3.49 cumulative GPA and 19 of 20 team members at 3.0 or higher.

Forty-one student-athletes earned degrees at the spring commencement ceremonies last month, including 19 who graduated with honor, high honor or highest honor. Among the graduates was Curry, the top returning wide receiver on the football team, who earned his bachelor’s degree in Building Construction with one season of eligibility remaining.

Tech’s academic success this spring comes on the heels of the fall, 2003 semester, in which 163 student-athletes in all sports achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, including 33 football players and five men’s basketball players.

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