It’s often easy to forget that college football players are also students.
On top of a busy football schedule, players must juggle a full academic workload, and it’s not easy. Four Mississippi State football players took their academics very seriously this season, and earned A 4.0 GPA during the fall semester.
The Bulldogs announced on Friday that defensive backs Cam Dantzler and Cedric Jiles, wide receiver Brandon Holloway and defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons all achieved the impressive academic feat.
Congrats to these scholarship student-athletes on making a 4.0 GPA this fall!
Jeffery Simmons pic.twitter.com/uZze7RRs7Y
— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) December 16, 2016
Holloway and Jiles are both seniors, while Dantzler and Simmons got their first college semesters off to a fine start.
Filmed striking a women several times in March, Simmons was the focal point of much offseason discussion after the university determined that he would be allowed to enroll at Mississippi State and be suspended only for the Bulldogs’ opening matchup against South Alabama.
After missing the opener, Simmons collected 38 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 4 quarterback hurries in 2016.
Simmons was tabbed to the 2016 SEC All-Freshman team, which was voted on by the conference’s 14 head coaches.