July 7, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football program was recognized by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) as a recipient of the Academic Progress Rate (APR) Award, sponsored by Forward Progress. The award is presented to the program with the highest APR score in each of the 13 FCS conferences. Georgetown has finished atop the Patriot League for the second-consecutive season.
“Excelling in the classroom is a challenge that we have embraced, with the help of our professors, deans and especially our academic adviser, Dr. Shelly Habel,” Head Coach Rob Sgarlata said. “The concept of "4 for 40" is one of our core principles and they understand to get the benefits of a world class education over the next 40 years of their lives, you must first put the work in during the four years on the Hilltop. Our student-athletes have performed at an extremely high level and I am very proud of their accomplishments and look forward to their continued academic success in 2016.”
APR holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term. The APR system includes rewards for superior academic performance and penalties for teams that do not achieve certain academic benchmarks. Data is collected annually, and results are announced in the spring.
Georgetown football earned a perfect APR score of 1,000, tied for the highest among FCS schools with Villanova. The score is also the highest in the program’s history, since the measurement was introduced in 2004-05. The perfect score in 2014-15 surpassed GU’s previous high score of 988, set during the 2013-14 academic year.
The Hoyas have had 76 football student-athletes named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll during the last two seasons, with a league-record 45 during the 2014-15 season. Each of Georgetown’s 36 seniors have graduated during the past two academic years.
The team continues to excel in the classroom with 21 players making either Dean’s List (3.5 GPA or above) or Second Honors (3.7 GPA or above) during the 2015-16 academic year, with Nathan Avery, Troye Bullock, Harrison Glor, Andrew Green, Casey Kuhns and Jimmy McLaughlin making it both semesters. Christian Bermudez, Elijah English, Patrick Finnegan, Cameron Gamble, Jack Graffagnio, Matt Hungate, Michael McFarlane, Tower Menning, Phil Novacki, Patrick Pastore, Ben Priddy, Dominic Scarangella, Ettian Scott, Jake Sweitzer and Warren Wynn all made either Dean’s List or Second Honors for one semester.