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.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.