Two Tigers Receive CAAS Achievement Award
Sept. 13, 2013
MEMPHIS -- -
By: Ashley Mitchell, Athletics Communications Student Assistant
Men's basketball player Geron Johnson and football player Donald Pennington were recognized in front of all of their fellow student-athletes at the 2013 Claws `n Paws ceremony at the beginning of the academic year as recipients of the CAAS Achievement Award. The CAAS Achievement Award is presented each year to two student-athletes who have overcome significant obstacles to find success in the classroom.
Geron Johnson had a well-publicized path to the University of Memphis. In addition to his team-mandated requirements and curfew, the Center for Athletic Academic Services also gave Johnson an additional set of rules. Majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies, Johnson was required to do complete multiple hours of study hall each week and earned up to 17 credit hours for one semester. Meanwhile, during the 2012-2013 basketball season, he appeared in 33 games and averaged 10.4 points per game. Now a senior, he is expected to graduate in May of 2014.
Donald Pennington, a freshman from Louisiana, began his journey at the University of Memphis in the spring of 2012. After a rough beginning of balancing football demands as well as the academic demands of a student-athlete in the fall semester, Pennington made some significant strides during the spring 2013 semester. Pennington attended the Breakfast Club as well as study hall and weekly meetings with CAAS. His grades significantly improved and his achievements earned him the Academic All-Star Award and the CAAS Most Improved Student Athlete award in the spring of 2013. To start the fall 2013 semester, Pennington was one of 16 redshirt freshmen to earn some playing time in the Tigers' game against Duke last weekend.
Pennington and the Tigers take on Middle Tennessee Saturday in a non-conference football clash. The game will be televised on CSS beginning at 6 p.m. (CT).
Tigers fans can purchase season tickets to support both the football and men's basketball team with a new mini pack ticket package that went on sale earlier this week. Fans can purchase season tickets for all remaining six home football games and three home men's basketball games. Ticket prices start at just $99 and can be PURCHASED HERE.