44 TSU Student-Athletes Named to OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll
Thursday, July 23, 2009

Nashville --- Tennessee State University had 44 student-athletes to make the 2008-09 OVC Commissioners Honor Roll.

Commendably, each Tiger squad had at least one representative on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Football led with 12 student-athletes while softball followed with seven. Volleyball and women’s basketball each had five while men’s track and field tallied four. Women’s track and field had three student-athletes to make the list as women’s golf, men’s golf and men’s tennis each notched two. Men’s basketball and women’s tennis rounded out the honorees with one apiece.

A total of 1,044 student-athletes were named to the 2008-09 OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll, the highest total in the history of the award (surpassing a total of 1,023 in 2006-07). To be listed, recipients must have achieved at least a 3.25 grade point average and have been eligible and on the team throughout the competitive season in their chosen NCAA-sponsored sport or sports.

Those numbers included 43 student-athletes who compete in non-OVC championship sports that do not compete in another conference (i.e. Southeast Missouri gymnastics, Eastern Illinois rugby, SIU Edwardsville men's soccer, etc.) and 75 student-athletes who were recipients in multiple sports.


Football (12)
Dumaka Atkins
Eric Benson
Ryan Berry
Antonio Heffner
Brandon Jackson
Justin Jenkins
Jeremy Perry
Charles Sparkman
Reno Thompson
Larry Williford, Jr.
Kellen Woodard
Duvall Young

Softball (7)
Susie Burke
Jennifer Culberson
Megan Hedrick
Bridget Metzger
Kristin Powell
Nichole Vincent
Brittany Webb

Women’s Basketball (5)
Jasmine Ellis
Tequila Martin
LaDona Pierce
Nikki Rumph
Meredith Stafford

Volleyball (5)
Yamari Padilla-Collazo
Vicmari Prospero
Christina Raiford
Shawna Ruiz
Heather Sanders

Men’s Track & Field (4)
Jamal Henderson
Avian Hughes
Dwayne Johnson
Printence McMurtrey

Women’s Track & Field (3)
Ashley Copeland
Rahab Kagaruki
Priscilla Ray

Women’s Golf (2)
Marie Black
Danielle Stewart

Men’s Golf (2)
Richard Gill
Chris McKay

Men’s Tennis (2)
Aaron Fields
Michael Mosley

Women’s Tennis (1)
Dania Lofton

Men’s Basketball (1)
Gerald Robinson, Jr.