The University of the Cumberlands (UC) football team just wrapped up a magical season. The 13-1 Patriot season had many thrills and accomplishments, but ended 1 game short of an NAIA National Championship as they lost to the Grand View Vikings 35-23 in the NAIA National Championship game. During this run, the Patriots have garnered numerous awards and recognition. You can add one more to that list as several Patriots were named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Football Scholar Athletes. 259 student athletes were chosen for the award, including 7 Patriots.
The Patriots that were chosen were Chad Bond (Tullahoma, TN), Ethan Brown (Dawsonville, GA), Cory Clark (Seymour, IN), Mitchell Mascaro (Knoxville, TN), Robert McCormick (Louisville, KY), Al Merrick (Pineville, KY), and Nick Smith (Knoxville, TN). These Patriots earned the distinction of being named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete.
In order to be a recipient of the NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete award, one must fulfill these requirements: the recipient must be a junior or senior in academic standing; have been in attendance at the nominating institution a minimum of one full year; have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale) at the time of nomination at the nominating institution; have been certified as eligible.
The Patriots are now gearing up towards what they hope can be an even better season than last year. It is hard to believe anything could top this past season, with a #1 ranking, a national championship appearance, and a 6th Mid-South Conference Divisional championship. The Patriots will try to do just that next year where they have their goals set on winning it all.
For more information on the Patriot football team, as well as other Patriot athletics, visit our website at www.cumberlandspatiots.com