While the Mercer football team must wait to play their first official game for a few more months, head coach Bobby Lamb's squad has already picked up a win in the classroom.
In the team's first semester on campus this past fall, the collective group produced an impressive 3.16 GPA. The Bears began fall practice with 103 total players – most of which were freshmen – and over half (57 players) were able to attain a 3.0 or better.
The impressive team GPA is a testament to the culture that Lamb had established within the team since day one. Lamb was more than pleased with his players' efforts in the classroom and hopes his team continues to live up to the expectations they set in the fall.
"One of our main goals last fall was to succeed in the classroom," Lamb said. "Our student-athletes were committed academically, and they have laid a great foundation and set a standard for years to come."
The Bears had seven individual student-athletes reach a 4.0 in the fall and the 3.16 overall GPA is the highest for Lamb in his 10-plus years as a head coach.
"I am extremely proud of the student-athletes that we have recruited to Mercer," Lamb said. "We are looking to combine academics and athletics better than anyone in the country, and we are off to an excellent start."
The Bears returned to campus this week for class and begin spring practice on February 18th.