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Student-athlete success in the classroom a victory for Mercer

Mercer hits the football field for a September 17, 2016 showdown against Tennessee Tech at Five Star Stadium. /(Mason Prince, WGXA)

MACON, GA -- The academic success is nothing new at Mercer University.

While the school's reputation as one of the South's pristine universities, the success in the classroom among student athletes continues to grow.

Over the course of the athletic year, Mercer posted a league-leading 113 student athletes on the Southern Conference's All-Academic Team on Monday, 18 more than the next closest school ETSU (95).

The 61 spring all-academic selections were second most in the conference after the Bears posted a SoCon-leading 52 honorees during the fall semester.

To be eligible for the academic all-conference team, student athletes must compete in at least one half of their team's competition while carrying at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA.

Mercer's Baseball and Men's Lacrosse teams posted the most honorees of any of the school's athletic teams with 12 each. Athletic Director Jim Cole says the process of grooming successful student athletes begins before Mercer.

"It starts in the recruiting process," Cole said. "We really reiterate to our coaches how important it is to find the right student athlete to recruit."

Earlier this year, Mercer received its second consecutive Barrett Bonner Award given annually to the school who places the highest percentage of student athletes on league's academic honor roll.

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