6 Spires Football Players Named NAIA Scholar-Athletes

12/31/2013 12:00:00 AM

Honor Recognizes Academic Achievement 

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—Six University of Saint Mary Football players have been named as 2013-2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for excelling in their studies as well as on game day this fall.

In order to receive the NAIA scholar-athlete award, students must be nominated by their head coach or school sports information director, must have achieved junior standing academically, and must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

The honored Spires Football players are: Thomas Grossman, a senior quarterback from Stevenson Ranch, Calif.; David Harley, a junior defensive back from Sugar Hill, Ga.; Jacob Pruger, a senior wide receiver from Santa Cruz, Calif.; Will Ryan, a junior running back from Pleasant Ridge, Kan.; Ukpono Udi, a senior defensive back from Riverside, Calif.; and Blade Wise-Perry, a junior defensive lineman from Lufkin, Texas.

“I am very proud of these young men and their achievements in the classroom as much as I am for their successes on the field,” said USM Head Football Coach Lance Hinson. “Being named to the 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete team shows that their hard work and dedication certainly paid off.”

Saint Mary has 12 varsity sports programs—football, volleyball, baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, cross country, and track & field—along with co-ed cheerleading and dance. Visit www.gospires.com to learn more about USM athletics.