Knights Continue to Shine in Classroom



Dec. 19, 2012

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By Andy Seeley

ORLANDO, Fla. ( – UCF student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom. For the Fall 2012 semester, the Knights recorded a 3.11 grade-point average (GPA) and have now earned a department-wide GPA of 3.0 or better for a 10th consecutive term.

The 3.11 GPA for the semester is the second-highest mark in school history. Thirteen of UCF’s 16 teams came in at or above the 3.0 threshold for the semester. The UCF football program set a single-semester record for the program this past fall with an overall GPA of 3.095.

“Our coaches and academic support staff do an amazing job promoting a culture of academic success here at UCF,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury. “The student-athletes' hard work and commitment in the classroom are what make results like this possible. Along with our recent success in Academic Progress Rate and Graduation Success Rate, this is yet another reason for us to be very proud of our student-athletes, coaches and academic staff.”

As individuals, 67 Knights football players – accounting for 65 percent of the team – achieved a GPA of 3.0 or better in the fall term, which is a program record. Seven of those student-athletes – Lyle Dankenbring, Victor Gray, Stanley Silverain, Daron Humphrey, Jacoby Glenn, Jared Greenaway and Brandon Alexander – recorded a perfect 4.0.

Dankenbring was also a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, given to the nation’s best scholar-athlete in football, and was also a Capital One First-Team Academic All-District and Second-Team Academic All-America selection. In addition, Ray Shipman was recognized as a member of the C-USA All-Academic Team.

The football program’s cumulative GPA is currently 2.914, which is also a program best.

“I’m extremely proud to be involved with a group of student-athletes that is so focused on academic success, as well as athletic excellence,” said Kimya Massey, Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services. “This latest grade report is an example of how much emphasis our coaches and academic advisors put on academic achievement.”



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