Tiger Feature: TSU Student-Athletes Continue to Excel in the Classroom
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Nashville, Tenn. - More than 80 Tennessee State University student-athletes were recognized at halftime of the men's basketball game last Saturday (01/22/09). The students were honored for their notable academic completion of the fall semester as recognized by the TSU Department of Athletics.


The following students were identified in front of a large crowd on the McClendon Court inside the Gentry Center:



Men’s Basketball  - Lonnie Funderburke, Wil Peters, Gerald Robinson,Parker Smith.


Women's Basketball - Kendra Appling, Jasmine Ellis, Charrise Hicks, Tiffany Jackson, TeQuila Martin, LaDona Pierce, Tamara Rumph, Meredith Stafford

Softball -
Jalisa Bradley, Susanne Burke, Jennifer Culberson, Caitlin Eaton, Royesha Goodman, Megan Hedrick, Kara Murr, Bridget Metzger, Tamara Perkins, Kristin Powell, Kelly Troglin, Nicole Vincent, Brittany Webb


Volleyball - Vicmari Prospero, Shawna Ruiz, Christina Raiford.


Women's Golf - Marie Black, Danielle Stewart.


Men's Golf - Richard Gill, Christopher Seibel, Ryan Smith, Chris McKay


Women & Men’s Tennis - Dania Lofton, Aaron Fields, Justin Hamm, Michael Mosley


Women's Track and Field - Ashley Anderson, Ashley Copeland, Jaleeca Jacobs, Jasmine Jacobs, Rahab Kagaruki, Salisha Marryshow, Pia Perez, Pricilla Ray, Autumn White.


Men’s Track-Field - Samuel Betts, Trenton Britt, Jamal Henderson, Adrian Hill, Franz Holmes, Juliet Idemudia, Andre Kelly, Printence McMurtrey, Xavier Walton, Isaiah Marshall


Football - Dumaka Atkins, Kalvin Baker, Brandon Bather, Justin Bather, Eric Benson, Brandon Blackmon, Ryan Berry, Kevin Bledsoe, Sean Cunningham, Antonio Graham, Joshua Gregory, Brandin Hardin, Antonio Heffner, Brandon Jackson, Javier Jackson, Justin Jenkins, Deonte Kilgore

John Lopez, Stuart McClean, Reginald Moore, Charles Sparkman, Reno Thompson, Darrel Thomas, Larry Williford, Kellen Woodard, Duvall Young

The following individuals went achieved the highest grade point average for their respective sports: 

Parker Smith

Men’s Basketball


Tamira Rumph

Women’s Basketball


Printence McMurtrey

Men’s Track & Field


Rahab Kagaruki

Women’s Track & Field


Javier Jackson



Chris McKay

Men’s Golf


Marie Black

Women’s Golf


Bridget Metzger



Aaron Fields


          Men’s  Tennis            





Dania Lofton


          Women’s Tennis





"We would also like to congratulate our freshman and transfer student-athletes for their achievements in the classroom.  They are really taking advantage of our services and doing well academically.  explained Assistant Athletics Director for Academic Services, Dr. Johnnie Smith. "My staff and I are proud of the academic success all of our student-athletes are experiencing in the classroom."