SHREVEPORT, La. The University of Alabama football team turned in one of its best semesters academically in school history this fall. The varsity compiled a cumulative 2.56 grade-point average, which included a 2.64 grade-point average for the recently completed fall semester. Even more impressive was the freshman class, with a fall GPA of 3.098 and a cumulative overall GPA of 2.984.
“We just had the best academic semester we have ever had,” said head coach Nick Saban. “I think a lot of the credit should go to our players and their efforts, in terms of what they did. Our academic support did a fantastic job. This is the highest GPA we have had with the varsity players and the highest GPA we have had with the freshman players. Our graduates are very high as well. We are pleased with this part of our program, we just have to continue to build and get the kind of performance on and off the field that we would like to have on a consistent basis so we can be champions sometime in the near future.”
Seven student-athletes from the varsity posted a 3.0 grade-point average or higher and 60 percent of the team increased their cumulative overall grade point average. Seventy-seven percent of the football team passed 12 or more semester hours this fall.
“Our student-athletes in the football program had an outstanding semester this fall and their dedication to academics should be applauded,” Jon Dever, Assistant Athletics Director for Student Services, said. “We’ve made steady improvement since Coach Saban arrived in January and the commitment to academics from the entire staff has made a significant impact in the focus and discipline among the players. This is one of the best fall semesters we have had in the 16 years I have been at the University of Alabama.”
The Crimson Tide freshman class also posted some impressive academic numbers this fall, as they tried to balance a rigid schedule while being away from home for the first time.
“Academics are very important to me,” Alabama redshirt freshman running back Terry Grant said. “There are not lot of guys from my hometown had the chance to go to college. I know football is not always going to be there and you need a backup plan. The education will always be there and that’s why it’s important to work hard and make good grades.”
The freshman class recorded a 3.098 grade point average for the fall semester. The freshmen passed 264 total hours this fall, with each of the 20 members of the class passing at least nine semester hours. Nine freshmen passed at least 15 hours last semester. Every member of the class had at least a 2.6 grade-point average and 14 of the 20 members of the class attained a 3.0 GPA or higher.
“The freshman class has really been impressive in terms of their work in the classroom as each of our scholarship players recorded a 2.6 or higher this fall and 14 of the 20 had a 3.0 or better,” Dever added. “That foundation will benefit them tremendously as they continue to work on earning their degree.”