Academic Achievers Include 37 Scholar-Athletes
Ivon Blackman

May 17, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A total of 37 Ohio State football players in the 2011-12 academic calendar year are carrying at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and were honored Wednesday evening at the Ohio Union as part of the 45th annual OSU Scholar-Athlete banquet. A record number of Ohio State student-athletes - 548 - were honored as scholar-athletes.

Among the football honorees are 20 players who have achieved OSU Scholar-Athlete status at least twice during the career. Included is spring 2012 graduate Spencer Smith, who was honored as a Scholar-Athlete for a fifth time, and four-time honorees Ben Buchanan, Adam Homan and Andrew Sweat.

Sweat and Nate Ebner, who was honored by Ohio State for the third time, maintained at least a 3.20 GPA for their entire academic career and each were also named last week to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's Hampshire Honor Society.

All six of the true freshmen who enrolled at Ohio State in January for the Winter Quarter achieved at least a 3.0 GPA in their first quarter and were honored as an OSU Scholar-Athlete. Those six are Jacoby Boren, Bri'onte Dunn, Cardale Jones, Tyvis Powell, Joshua Perry and Michael Thomas. Five additional true freshmen who were with the team last year - Michael Bennett, Brian Bobek, Doran Grant, Bryce Haynes and Ron Tanner - were also honored.



The scholar-athlete banquet, held in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom, also recognizes Ohio State's Big Ten Medal of Honor winners as well as the recipients of numerous post-graduate scholarships provided by Ohio State: The Corwin A Fergus Memorial Award; Men's Varsity O Scholarship Sward; Judith A Pierce Phoenix Award; Leann Grimes-Davidge Award; and the M/I Homes Foundation Award.

2011-12 OSU Scholar-Athletes - Football
* Indicates 2011 Academic All-Big Ten honoree

5th Award
Spencer Smith, marketing

4th Award
*Ben Buchanan, strategic communications
*Adam Homan, exercise science
*Andrew Sweat, finance

3rd Award
*Zach Domicone, marketing
*Nate Ebner, exercise science
*Derek Erwin, civil engineering
*Chris Maxwell, mechanical engineering
*Chris Roark, marketing
*Justin Siems, aviation
*Stewart Smith, biology

2nd Award
Dan Bain, English
*Ivon Blackman, political science
David Durham, communications
William McCary, mechanical engineering
Taylor Rice, human development
Ryan Ross, biology
Kyle Schuck, exercise science
Ben St. John, exercise science

1st Award
Darryl Baldwin, mechanical engineering
Michael Bennett, exploring
Brian Bobek, exploring
Jacoby Boren, exploring
Derek Burkholder, human nutrition
Bri'onte Dunn, exploring
Doran Grant, exploring
Peter Gwilym, business
Bryce Haynes, exploring
Cardale Jones, exploring
Claudius Mbemba, computer science
Joshua Perry, exploring
Tyvis Powell, exploring
Andy Reed, biology
Nik Sarac, exercise science
Ron Tanner, exploring
Michael Thomas, exploring
Julian Vann, political science