BATON ROUGE - The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes honored five LSU student-athletes and one team for their academic achievements and community service for the month of January.
Each month, five student-athletes are recognized for their academic improvement, dedication and proven ability. In addition, one student-athlete or team is chosen through the CHAMPS Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success program for their volunteerism and commitment to the community.
Sport administration is Alsup's and Boone's major, while kinesiology is Griffith's major. Dickson and Williams are members of the University College Center for Freshman Year (UCFY). The UCFY is an academic unit to help freshmen define their academic and career goals.
The entire football team was selected as the Shaquille O'Neal CHAMPS/Life Skills Student-Athletes of the Month after their visit to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children leading into the Cotton Bowl. The Tigers signed autographs and interacted with patients in their rooms.
"These kids are probably more help to us than we are to them. What we are doing is easy; we are playing a game. They are fighting through adversity and making it through life," sophomore wide receiver Russell Shepard said after the event. "They are a blessing to us, and they let us know that every day doesn't last forever. We have to live every day like it's our last, so I want to thank these kids for giving us that opportunity."
Alsup, a senior pitcher from Ruston, tallied a 5-1 mark and a 3.88 ERA primarily out of the bullpen over 48.2 innings of work in 2010. He tallied SEC All-Tournament Team honors after a seven-inning, one-hit shutout against Ole Miss when he recorded seven strikeouts. That victory pushed the Tigers into the SEC Championship game.
A freshman wide receiver from Ocala, Fla., Boone played in all 13 games last season. He hauled in catches in three contests highlighted by two receptions for 40 yards, including a long of 24 during the regular season finale at Arkansas. Out of high school, Boone earned a four-star rating from both Rivals and Scout.com
Dickson, a freshman tight end from Ocean Springs, Miss., was ranked among the ESPNU Top 150 and is brother of former LSU standout Richard Dickson. He also participated in the Under Armour All-American Game and the Alabama-Mississippi All Star Classic.
A freshman middle distance runner from Burlington, N.J., Griffith was one of the top prospects in the Northeast before joining the Tigers. He won gold medals as part of the NJSIAA Group and Sectional Championships and competed at the 2009 Nike Outdoor Nationals.
Williams, a freshman wide receiver from Slidell, is a three-star prospect from Rivals.com after he earned consecutive All-District 7-5A honors in 2008 and 2009. He is related to former Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk.
For putting forth extra effort in the classroom and community in addition to their rigorous academic and competition schedules, these five student-athletes and the football team will have their pictures displayed on the wall in the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.