82 Wildcats Earn a Place on the SEC Fall Sports Academic Honor Roll

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2020) — A total of 82 University of Kentucky student-athletes earned a place on the 2019 Fall Sports Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, announced last Friday by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. UK had the third-highest number of honorees and the Wildcat volleyball team tied for first in that sport. 

The 2019 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2019 spring, summer and fall terms. UK’s SEC champion volleyball team had 11 honorees, tied for the league lead in that sport. In addition, UK had six representatives from men’s cross country, eight from women’s cross country, 30 from football, 17 from men’s soccer and 10 from women’s soccer. Among other qualifications, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 grade-point average for the preceding academic year or a cumulative 3.0 GPA in order to be named to the list. 

In addition to the academic success, Kentucky teams also had success on the fields of competition in the fall. Volleyball advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, men’s soccer advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round, and the football team posted an eight-win season, capped by a championship in the Belk Bowl. 


Kentucky – Sport – Major

Dylan Allen – Men's Cross Country – Marketing

Cole Dowdy – Men's Cross Country – Biology

Tanner Dowdy – Men's Cross Country – Political Science, Finance

Gabriel Szalay – Men's Cross Country – Marketing

Matthew Thomas – Men's Cross Country – Marketing, Finance

Trevor Warren – Men's Cross Country – Management

Rachel Boice – Women's Cross Country – Biology

Kaitlyn Lacy – Women's Cross Country – Accounting

Mallory Liggett – Women's Cross Country – Kinesiology

Lainey McKinley – Women's Cross Country – Kinesiology

Sarah Michels – Women's Cross Country – Journalism

Madisyn Peeples – Women's Cross Country – Elementary Education

Caitlin Shepard – Women's Cross Country – Kinesiology

Kelli Walsh – Women's Cross Country – Finance, Accounting

Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald – Football – Communication

Tyrell Ajian – Football – Family Sciences

Elijah Barnett – Football – Communication

Tyler Beisner – Football – Undeclared/Exploratory Studies

Zac Berezowitz – Football – Economics

Blake Best – Football – Finance

Tyler Couch – Football – Sociology

Austin Dotson – Football – Sociology

Max Duffy – Football – Psychology

Brandin Echols – Football – Community and Leadership Development

Darren Edmond – Football – Digital Media Design

Luke Fortner – Football – Mechanical Engineering

Colin Goodfellow – Football – Nursing

Jordan Griffin – Football – Community and Leadership Development

Drake Jackson – Football – Agricultural Economics

Zach Johnson – Football – Health Promotion

Alex King – Football – Family Sciences

Shawn Lawson – Football – Sociology

Grant McKinniss – Football – Psychology

William Nalty – Football – Management

Joshua Paschal – Football – Family Sciences

Chance Poore – Football – Undeclared/Exploratory Studies

Matthew Ruffolo – Football – Clinical Healthcare Management, Finance

Andrew Schlegel – Football – Finance

Brett Slusher – Football – Accounting, Finance

Clevan Thomas – Football – Community and Leadership Development

Quintin Wilson – Football – Management

Mason Wolfe – Football – Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Walker Wood – Football – Agricultural Economics

Landon Young – Football – Animal Sciences

John Michael Bandy – Men's Soccer – Clinical Leadership and Management

Nicolas Blassou – Men's Soccer – Psychology

Elijah Borneo – Men's Soccer – Kinesiology

Kalil ElMedkhar – Men's Soccer – Accounting

Daniel Evans – Men's Soccer – Finance

Cole Guindon – Men's Soccer – Marketing

Jackson Hawthorne – Men's Soccer – Communication

Clay Holstad – Men's Soccer – Chemical Engineering

Jack Hudson – Men's Soccer – Community and Leadership Development

Colin Innes – Men's Soccer – Finance

Leon Jones – Men's Soccer – Chemical Engineering

Brock Lindow – Men's Soccer – Computer Engineering

Aime Mabika – Men's Soccer – English

Marcel Meinzer – Men's Soccer – Communication

Keyarash Namjoupanah – Men's Soccer – Management

Bailey Rouse – Men's Soccer – Civil Engineering

Robert Screen – Men's Soccer – Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology

Marissa Bosco – Women's Soccer – Psychology

Gina Crosetti – Women's Soccer – Integrated Strategic Communication

Taya Edwards – Women's Soccer – Nursing

Foster Ignoffo – Women's Soccer – Family Sciences

Hannah Leonard – Women's Soccer – Accounting

Gretchen Mills – Women's Soccer – Undeclared/Exploratory Studies

Caroline Newland – Women's Soccer – Nursing

Emma Shields – Women's Soccer – Marketing

Sarah Siekkinen – Women's Soccer – Civil Engineering

Hikari Yamada – Women's Soccer – International Studies

Caitlyn Cooper – Volleyball – Family Sciences

Gabby Curry – Volleyball – Management

Leah Edmond – Volleyball – Elementary Education

Gabby Goddard – Volleyball – Human Health Sciences

Madison Lilley – Volleyball – Integrated Strategic Communication

Kendyl Paris – Volleyball – Kinesiology

Cameron Scheitzach – Volleyball – Kinesiology

Kylie Schmaltz – Volleyball – Marketing

Avery Skinner – Volleyball – Communication Sciences and Disorders

Alli Stumler – Volleyball – Elementary Education

Lauren Tharp – Volleyball – Special Education

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.