Published on January 17, 2017 by Joey Mullins  
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Samford University placed 24 student-athletes on the Southern Conference's Fall Academic All-Conference team, released by the league.

Among Samford's fall sports, soccer has the most representatives on the team with 11. The volleyball team placed six members on the team, while football had four representatives on the squad. Men's cross-country had two representatives and women's cross-country had one representative on the team.

Samford's 24 student-athletes on the team posted an average GPA of 3.6.

Mitchell Smith (football) was one of nine student-athletes with a 4.0 cumulative GPA.

To be eligible for the team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA entering the fall season and were required to compete in at least one-half of their teams' competitions during the recently concluded fall campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.