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ACADEMIC SPOTLIGHT: Kentucky Has 3rd Most Student-Athletes Among SEC Schools in First-Year Honor Rol

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A total of 75 UK student-athletes were named to the Southeastern Conference First-Year Academic Honor Roll for their impressive achievements in the classroom, the league office announced Friday.

The 2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2013 summer, 2013 fall and 2014 spring terms. Kentucky had the third-most student-athletes make the honor roll behind South Carolina’s 92 honorees and Alabama’s 86 honorees.

A total of 820 student-athletes were named to the 2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll, while a total of 3,116 student-athletes around the league earned academic honor roll recognition in 2013-14.

The list recognizes all student-athletes who were in their first year of competition at their particular institution, and achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above. Additionally, the student-athlete must have been on scholarship or won a letter, completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial credit at the nominating institution and been a member of the varsity team for the sport's entire NCAA Championship segment.

Here's a complete list of UK honor roll recipients:

Zack Brown – Baseball – Accounting

Marcus Carson – Baseball – Business Management

Connor Heady – Baseball – Undergraduate Studies

Logan Salow – Baseball – Undergraduate Studies

JaVon Shelby – Baseball – Communication

Robert Ziegler – Baseball – Undergraduate Studies

Dominique Hawkins – M. Basketball – Communication

Dakari Johnson – M. Basketball – Communication

Marcus Lee – M. Basketball – Undergraduate Studies

Derek Willis – M. Basketball – Undergraduate Studies

Makayla Epps – W. Basketball – Undergraduate Studies

Linnae Harper – W. Basketball – Psychology

Nick Haynes – Football – Economics

Austin MacGinnis – Football – Undergraduate Studies

Reese Phillips – Football – Media Arts and Studies

Christopher Meuth – M. Golf – Biology

Stephen Stallings – M. Golf – Finance

Megan Kinney – W. Golf – Undergraduate Studies

Ale Walker – W. Golf – Business Management

Alyssa Bertoni – Gymnastics – International Studies

Kirsten Canini – Gymnastics – Biology

Taylor Puryear – Gymnastics – Undergraduate Studies

Heather Kirby – Rifle – Equine Science and Management

Sonya May – Rifle – Media Arts and Studies

Alex Bumpus – M. Soccer – Undergraduate Studies

Ryan Creel – M. Soccer