UTSA's Jessica Rogers
Rogers named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American
By Kyle Stephens
UTSA Sports Information Director
(May 31, 2007)--UTSA senior Jessica Rogers earned a spot on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Third Team as voted upon by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Grand Prairie native was the only Southland Conference (SLC) student-athlete selected to the 33-person squad and was one of four Texas natives, joining second-team honorees Amanda Scarborough (Magnolia) of Texas A&M and Jennifer Whiteley (Houston) of BYU and third-team member DeShondra Henderson (Atlanta) of LSU.
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Rogers, a first-team pick in 2005, became just the fourth student-athlete in UTSA history to earn two Academic All-America nods, joining former women’s basketball star Margaret Martinovich (1984, 1985) and former volleyball standouts Tamara Luckemeyer (1999, 2000) and Stacy Schmidt (2000, 2001). Her selection also gives UTSA 11 Academic All-America nods since 1999, including five during the past three years.
Rogers graduated in December 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health promotion, accumulating a 3.77 G.P.A. in the process and recently completing her first semester of graduate school. A product of South Grand Prairie High School, Rogers is a two-time SLC Softball Student-Athlete of the Year, a two-time SLC All-Academic Team member, a two-time UTSA Scholar-Athlete of the Year winner and an eight-time UTSA Dean’s List honoree.
Her success was equally paralleled on the field as she earned first-team All-SLC honors at third base for the fourth time, becoming one of only 11 players in league history to perform that feat. Rogers also was named to the NFCA All-South Region Team for the third time and was one of 20 candidates nationally for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Rogers will go down as one of the all-time great sluggers in SLC history. She shattered three conference career records this season -- home runs (69), runs batted in (192) and total bases (525) -- and also holds school records for runs (159), hits (281), extra-base hits (104) and at-bats (732). She batted .404 (74-for-183) with nine doubles, 18 home runs, 53 RBIs, a .749 slugging percentage, 11 walks, a .442 on-base percentage and two sacrifice flies and led the league in conference play with a .454 batting average, 44 hits, 28 runs, 28 RBIs, 12 home runs, 85 total bases and an .876 slugging percentage. Rogers earned All-SLC Tournament honors for the second time in her career three weeks ago after hitting .455 (5-for-11) with a double, a home run, four RBIs, two runs, an .818 slugging percentage and a .455 OBP.
To be nominated for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America program, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative G.P.A. (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career. No athlete is eligible until he/she has reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his or her current institution (thus, true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible transfers are not eligible). In the cases of transfers, graduate students and junior college graduates, the athlete must have completed one academic year at the nominating institution to be eligible. Members of CoSIDA vote upon Academic All-District teams with a select national panel voting for the Academic All-America squads from first-team all-district choices.
Tennessee’s Lindsay Schutzler was named Academic All-American of the Year and joined Kaleigh Rafter (Detroit-Mercy), Elana Meyers (George Washington), Sara Dyer (Tulsa), Adrienne Repsher (Temple), Garland Cooper (Northwestern), India Chiles (Tennessee), Lillian Hammond (Tennessee), Angela Tincher (Virginia Tech), Kasi Carroll (Georgia) and Laura Hill (Winthrop) on the first team.
The second team consisted of Kathy Masterson (Missouri), Norrelle Dickson (Oklahoma), Christina Trimble (Bethune-Cookman), Elizabeth Boden (Tennessee Tech), Whitney Haller (Georgia Tech), Stephanie Brown (Notre Dame), Lisa Kingsmore (Winthrop), Jennifer Whiteley (BYU), Robin Mackin (Fresno State), Amanda Scarborough (Texas A&M), Brooke Weekley (Cal State Fullerton) and Kelly Fry (Dartmouth).
Rogers joined Amanda Clifton (Southern Illinois), Lindsey Gerheim (Army), Jamie Reiss (Creighton), Paige Goss (Elon), Samantha Snow (Delaware State), Stacy Moyer (Iona), Lauren Proctor (Massachusetts), Ashley Hamny (Southern Illinois) and DeShondra Henderson (LSU) on the third team.
UTSA Academic All-Americans
(Year - Name - Sport - Team)
1984 - Margaret Martinovich - Women's Basketball - 2
1985 - Margaret Martinovich - Women's Basketball - 1
1989 - Gordon Wessels - Men's Golf - 2
1999 - Tamara Luckemeyer - Volleyball - 3
2000 - Tamara Luckemeyer - Volleyball - 1
2000 - Stacy Schmidt - Volleyball - 3
2001 - Stacy Schmidt - Volleyball - 2
2002 - McEverett Powers - Men's Basketball - 2
2003 - Michael Srp - Baseball - 2
2005 - Ashley McDonald - Women's Track & Field - 3
2005 - Jessica Rogers - Softball -1
2006 - Meghan Chance - Women's Track & Field - 2
2006 - Bryan Wolfe - Men's Track & Field - 3
2007 - Jessica Rogers - Softball - 3