BATON ROUGE – The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes honored six LSU student-athletes for their academic achievements and community service for the month of August.
Each month, five student-athletes are recognized for their academic improvement, dedication and proven ability. In addition, one student-athlete is chosen through LSU's Student-Athlete Affairs program for their volunteerism and commitment to the community.
August's student-athletes of the month are Christian Ibarra [Baseball], Quantavius Leslie [Football], Morgan Schuetz [Women's Track and Field], Ella Taylor [Women's Tennis] and Joshua Thompson [Men's Track and Field]. Sydney Cavin [Women's Golf] was selected as the Shaquille O'Neal Life Skills Program Student-Athlete of the Month.
Ibarra, Leslie, Taylor and Cavin are studying sport administration while Thompson is studying sociology – criminal justice. Schuetz is a Kinesiology major.
Cavin, a freshman from Baton Rouge, is looking forward to her first season on the women's golf team after a very successful and promising finish to her high school career. She was named the 2014 MVP and Most Improved by The Advocate for her performance in her senior season. Cavin recently visited the Big Buddy and Heritage Ranch campuses to welcome kids to the program and interact with them. She showed them what it's like to be a college student-athlete. The goal of the trips was to encourage students to strive to become college students one day.
A senior infielder from La Puente, California, Ibarra passed up on his selection to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2013 MLB Draft to return for his final season at LSU. Ibarra had a big impact in 65 starts as the Tigers' third baseman in 2013 and finished with a .305 batting average with 17 doubles, six home runs, 39 RBI and 34 runs. He was honored as a member of the 2013 All-SEC first team, 2013 SEC All-Defensive Team, 2013 SEC All-Tournament Team and 2013 All-Louisiana second team.
Leslie, a senior wide receiver from Hogansville, Georgia, enters fall camp as a first-time starter with a chance to make his mark on the 2014 football season. Leslie had one catch for 11 yards during his first career appearance against UAB last season. He had a strong spring and was one of three players to earn the Overcoming Adversity Award during spring drills.
A junior runner from Baton Rouge, Schuetz debuted for the Tigers in the 2014 outdoor season. She scored three points for the Lady Tigers with a sixth-place finish in the 800-meter final at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Schuetz also posted a lifetime personal best of 2 minutes, 7.02 seconds in the SEC final.
Taylor, a junior tennis player from Hampshire, England, had a successful sophomore season that saw her named to the 2013 All-Louisiana first team. She excelled in singles play with a 15-10 record and a 5-3 tournament singles record. Taylor finished with a 2-1 record at the No. 2 spot and ended the season on a four-match winning streak. She was also a member of the 2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
A senior hurdler from Steubenville, Ohio, Thompson was an NCAA semifinalist in the 110-meter hurdles during the 2014 outdoor season. He competed in the national semifinal at the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships where he earned a 21st place finish with a time of 14.22 seconds.
For putting forth extra effort in the classroom and community in addition to their rigorous academic and competition schedules, these six student-athletes will have their pictures displayed on the wall in the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.