The Gator football team has not just experienced a renaissance on the football field over the past four years. The team GPA has either increased or remained steady every season under Urban Meyer’s watch as well.
This year’s team not only won a national championship, but it also set a record for number of players on the winter SEC Honor Roll. The Gators had 37 players on it, tying Vanderbilt for best in the conference. That is also the most in UF history, breaking the previous record of 26.
Hit the link for the full list, which includes plenty of walk-ons and red shirts, and also for the full legalese-ish requirements for being honored. Essentially, you have to either have a 3.0 GPA for the previous academic year or for your whole academic career, and you have to be on the team for the entire season.
Here are the players who played a notable role this season, in alphabetical order:
John Brantley, backup quarterback
Tate Casey, tight end/H-back
Chas Henry, punter
Aaron Hernandez, starting tight end/H-back
Janoris Jenkins, starting cornerback and freshman All-American (TSN, Rivals, etc.)
Duke Lemmens, key part of defensive end rotation
Kestahn Moore, running back
Jonathan Phillips, kicker (grad school)
James Smith, long snapper
Caleb Sturgis, kickoff specialist
Tim Tebow, starting quarterback and general folk hero
Justin Trattou, starting defensive end
Phil Trautwein, starting left offensive tackle (grad school)
Jason Watkins, starting right offensive tackle
Major Wright, starting safety