Football Has Another Great Semester in the Classroom

Dec. 22, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. - Yet again the UCF football team had a strong semester off of the field. The Knights' overall team cumulative GPA stands at 2.866 following the fall semester, narrowly missing its George O'Leary era in-season peak of 2.876 let last fall.

UCF's semester GPA of 2.810 was its highest for a fall semester since 2004 when the Knights recorded a 2.857 during the season.

Three Knights, Mike Buxton (Bonita Springs, Fla.), Corey Rabazinski (Winter Park, Fla.) and Jah Reid (Haines City, Fla.) earned their bachelor's degrees in December. Meanwhile, not a single member of the team had to be declared ineligible for the St. Petersburg Bowl due to poor academic performance. In all, 55-percent of the squad earned a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher. Two Knights, Javen Harris and David Williams, earned a perfect 4.0 despite the concurrent rigors of the playing season.

It was a season of academic success for the Knights, who also recorded the sixth-winningest season in school history on the gridiron with an 8-5 record. Rocky Ross became just the second ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America pick in school history and was also named to the Conference USA Football All-Academic team. Ross had the highest GPA on that 11-man squad at 3.88. UCF was also recognized by the AFCA this fall for its exemplary graduation rates.

For the latest news on the Knights, log on to UCFAthletics.com - the official site for UCF varsity sports. The site, which also contains ticket and Golden Knights Club donor information, is also the home of UCF's new online apparel store. Also visit UCFPhotos.com, the exclusive fan source for UCF action sports pictures.