Nine Wildcats Earn Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Nods
Aug. 3, 2009
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Nine University of Kentucky student-athletes representing six sports were named 2009 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars by Diverse Magazine. Masumi Turnbull of the men’s soccer team was a finalist for the Arthur Ashe Jr., Men’s Sports Scholar of the Year award. Four of the athletes were also honored in 2008, Robbie McAtee, Hillary Ferguson, Andrew Roland and Masumi Turnbull.
The Sports Scholars Awards honor undergraduate students of color who best exemplify the highest standards of scholarship, athleticism and humanitarianism. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.’s commitment to education and sport, the magazine invites every college and university in the country to nominate outstanding sports scholars. Student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.2 and be active in their campus communities.
Here are the nine Wildcat award winners for 2009.
Samantha Au – Women’s Soccer A junior on the women’s soccer team, Au made her career debut against Mississippi State, logging a personal best 32 minutes. She started matches against Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Au, a two-time Academic All-SEC selection, majors in chemical engineering with a 3.57 GPA.
George Davis IV – Men’s Soccer A junior midfielder, Davis played in 16 games with one start in his UK debut in 2008, totaling one goal and two assists. Davis fired 10 shots, including five shots on goal in 2008, netting his first career goal against Central Arkansas in the 84th minute. He had an assist in each of his first career games at UK, against UCA and Detroit in the UK Invitational. Davis carries a 3.53 GPA and majors in business.
Daryl Faulkner – Football A junior cornerback on the football team. He is working on his degree in kinesiology and exercise science and has been a two-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Faulkner (Memphis, Tenn.) saw his first playing action last season in UK victories over Norfolk State and Western Kentucky. He holds a 3.33 cumulative GPA.
Hillary Ferguson – Gymnastics Ferguson was UK's most consistent all-around performer, competing in all four events in every meet. This season she added five event titles to her previous 12. Ferguson nabbed season-best marks of 9.875 on vault, 9.850 on bars, 9.900 on floor and 39.275 all-around. She led the Wildcats on individual events eight times. Ferguson has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times and has a cumulative 3.25 GPA while studying kinesiology and exercise science.
Antwane Glenn – Football A sophomore defensive with the football squad. He is a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. He earned his first game action during the 2008 season. A computer engineering major, Glenn holds a 3.27 cumulative GPA.
Robbie McAtee – Football A cornerback on the football team, completed his bachelor’s degree in sociology and is working on his master’s in public administration. On the field, McAtee (Louisville, Ky.) is remembered for two huge plays during his 2008 senior season – his game-saving tackle on the one-yard line on the final play of the win over Middle Tennessee, along with his game-clinching interception in the last minute of the victory at Mississippi State. McAtee earned a cumulative GPA of 4.0 in his Master’s in public administration.
Eleia Roddy – Women’s Basketball Roddy finished her career with the Wildcats as a second-team All-SEC selection. She ranked 15th in SEC scoring (12.1), fourth in rebounding (8.2) and sixth in free-throw percentage (.787). Roddy grabbed 253 rebounds which ranks ninth on UK's single-season chart. She was one of just three players to rank in the top 15 in SEC scoring and top four in rebounding. Roddy charted double-figure points in 22 of 31 games, including three games with 20-plus points and double-figure rebounding in 13 games. She led the SEC and ranked 13th nationally in double-doubles with 12 during the season. Roddy earned a 4.0 GPA while taking graduate courses to earn her Master’s in family studies.
Andrew Roland – Rifle As a four-year member of the rifle team, Roland helped lead the Wildcats to four conference titles, including two regular season and two tournament championships. Roland, a 2009 first-team National Rifle Association All-American in smallbore, finished the year averaging 579.80 in smallbore. Roland earned first-team All-Conference accolades by the Great American Rifle Conference in 2009 and has tallied first-and second-team All-America honors in 2007 and 2006 in smallbore. He majors in biology and carries a 3.74 cumulative GPA.
Masumi Turnbull – Men’s Soccer Turnbull had an outstanding four-year career for UK, helping lead the soccer program to a 12-win season in 2008 and an appearance in the Conference USA Championship game. Turnbull, a third-team All-Conference USA selection in the midfield in 2008, finished the year with three assists and one goal in 19 games, firing 12 shots and logging 1419 minutes. Turnbull’s lone goal came as a golden goal, in the second overtime against conference foe FIU, lifting UK to a 3-2 win. He majors in kinesiology and exercise science and has a 3.75 GPA.
2009 Diverse Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars from the University of Kentucky
Samantha Au – Women’s Soccer (2nd team)
George Davis IV – Men’s Soccer (2nd team)
Daryl Faulkner – Football (3rd team)
Hillary Ferguson – Gymnastics (1st team)
Antwane Glenn – Football (3rd team)
Robbie McAtee – Football (1st team)
Eleia Roddy – Women’s Basketball (1st team)
Andrew Roland – Rifle (1st team)
Masumi Turnbull – Men’s Soccer (1st team and male finalist)