Three Jayhawks Earn NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete Honors
Nov. 4, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Aside from posting the best start in program history and breaking the school’s homerun record, the University of Kansas softball team’s equally evident skills in the classroom were recognized with three players being named NFCA All-American Scholar Athletes.
In addition to their most recent academic accolades, juniors Maggie Hull, Rosie Hull and Alex Jones each earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors after the trio posted a highly-successful 2011 campaign. Maggie Hull led the team with a .346 average and 49 RBI en route to All-Big 12 Second Team honors, while twin sister Rosie earned a starting spot 49 times last season. Jones, a two-position player at pitcher and outfielder, led the Jayhawk pitching staff with a 2.55 ERA in 46.2 innings of work. When not in the circle, Jones was in centerfield and led the squad with 15 stolen bases in 2011.
Rosie Hull, a biology major, was one of five Big 12 student-athletes with a 4.0 grade point average last year. Maggie Hull is holding down a double major in journalism and Spanish, while Jones is a sport management major.
The award is given to any player submitted by a member coach who achieved a 3.50 grade point average or higher during the 2010-11 academic year. Over 4,000 student-athletes representing 710 different academic institutions were named 2011 NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes.
This year’s total of 4,370 honorees bested last year’s total by over 60 student-athletes. The membership category with the most participating institutions this year was Division III with 168, while high school led the way in total honorees with 1,191.