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Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Excel In Classroom During Spring Semester

by on June 19, 2014 10:25 AM

James Franklin has already started dominating on the recruiting trail and the Nittany Lions seems to be doing just fine in the classroom too.

Forty-six football players registered at least a 3.0 GPA this past spring.

Among the 46 high-achieving Nittany Lions this past semester, 24 posted a 3.5 GPA or higher, with 21 earning Dean’s List recognition. That's a is a significant increase. Only 12 players made the Dean’s List last spring.

You can expect the academic excellence to continue. Forty-one Penn State football student-athletes who've earned a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA are returning for the 2014 season. That's another increase over last year. In 2013, just 34 returning players had a 3.0 GPA.

“Our goal is to have the No. 1 college football organization in the country and it all starts with academics and ends with academics,” Franklin said. “To see our players prospering academically, being successful in the classroom and graduating is what it’s all about.

Redshirt freshman placekicker Chris Gulla was among three Nittany Lions that earned a 4.00 grade-point average during the semester. The Dean’s List student has a 3.60 cumulative GPA. Also earning a 4.0 GPA were seniors Kyle Baublitz and Pat Zerbe, who graduated in May.

Some of the other returning Nittany Lions who made the Dean’s List last spring are wide receiver Gregg Garrity, safety Ryan Keiser, linebacker Ben Kline, kick snapper Zach Ladonis, cornerback Jesse Merise, quarterback Michael O’Connor and receiver Matt Zanellato.

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