LSU athletes are constantly recognized for their outstanding athletic achievements, but on Friday they were honored for what they did in the classroom. 37 student-athletes from 12 different sports earned their degrees on Friday.
Football had the most graduates with ten. Team captains Lamin Barrow and Zach Mettenberger highlighted the list. Mettenberger was third in the country with a 171.4 passing efficiency rating. Barrow’s 86 tackles was a team best.
According to lsusports.net Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Kenneth O. Miles expressed his excitement in graduation.
“Graduation is the most exciting time of the year. We, at the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes, couldn’t be more thrilled for the class of 2013. Our student-athletes entered LSU to learn and now they must leave to serve the greater community and for that we congratulate them on such a monumental task.”
Both the swimming and diving and the track and field programs had six athletes graduate.
Swimmer Hannes Heyl earned a Masters in Finance. His ten All-American selections is tied for third most in school history.
Stefan Szacinski highlighted a list of five tennis graduates. He defeated six ranked opponents and earned All-SEC Second-Team honors.
Mikie Mahtook and Chris Cotton were two of the three baseball players to earn their degrees. The Tampa Bay Rays selected Mahtook in the first round after he batted .383 with 14 home runs and 56 RBIs during the 2011 season. Cotton was the shut-down closer for this year’s squad that made it to Omaha.
Megan Kinneman was one of three soccer players to walk the stage. She finished her career second in the LSU record books with 17 shutouts.
Ericka Garcia and Britney Taylor were both senior leaders on the gymnastic team that made it all the way to the Super Six.
Madie Jones was the lone volleyball graduate. Twice she was an All-SEC Second-Team selection.
It was a great day for all LSU sports. It was a special moment to see all the athletes that are usually honored for their athletics be recognized for their efforts in the classroom.