The Gulf South Conference released the team compiling of 69 student-athletes in the conference in early January. There were 13 University of West Georgia athletes were named into the 2013 Gulf South Conference (GSC) Fall All-Academic Team setting the UWG record for most student-athletes getting selected at one time. The GSC All-Academic Team is made of student-athletes who maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of a 3.2 or higher, must be a sophomore or in higher class and cannot be a first-year transfer. The student-athletes are evaluated in different areas such as leadership in his or her sport, extra curricular activities and their service to their campus and their community.
The All-Academic Team and Honor roll are selected by the GSC leagues Sports Information Directors (SIDs) and Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs) in a joint vote. The SIDs and FARs come from every University or College in the GSC but are not allowed to vote on their student-athleates
There were a total 19 two-time standouts on the team and the Wolves with three. These three football players are Seniors Mark Bardenwerper, Adam Strakose and Junior Alex Macaulay all returning for their consecutive year.
The four sports represented by the 13 UWG athletes were football, with seven members, volleyball with three recipients, soccer with two recipients and cross country with one recipient.
Alex Macaulay, the wide receiver for the Wolves football team, was selected as a member of the All-Academic team for fall of 2013 making this his third term on the team.
“I actually found out I had received the award from my dad,” said Macaulay. “I was honored to accept this award for the third time and to represent UWG.”
The Wolves football team requires all freshman and transfer students to attend at least three to four days of study hall and must have a minimum of a 2.6 as an upper classmen to get out of study hall. The football team requires its freshmen to make a 1.8 and upper classmen to make a 2.0 to remain academically eligible.
“Having grade requirements pushes me to maintain a higher GPA,” said Macaulay. “I strive to set an example for my teammates as well as meet my own personal goals.” Macaulay has maintained a 3.6 overall GPA in his four years at UWG and made a 3.75 in the fall semester. Macaulay is an active member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society.
Along with the 13 UWG All-Academic Team representatives, the Wolves had an overwhelming presence on the Gulf South Conference Academic Honor Roll. The GSC honor roll is any student-athlete that participates in varsity sport and maintains an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.