April 25, 2014
DENTON -- The North Texas football team had the highest grade point average of all Conference USA schools during the 2013 fall semester. The cumulative GPA for the Mean Green last fall was 2.70, which was higher than all 12 of the other football playing schools in the conference and well above the 2.53 league average.
The Mean Green was led in the classroom by five players who were named to the Conference USA Academic Medal Award list for earning a GPA of 3.75 or higher: senior defensive lineman Ryan Boutwell, sophomore tight end Jarrod Lynn, freshman linebacker Fred Scott, freshman quarterback Quinn Shanbour and freshman defensive back Brock Squier.
The Mean Green also placed 32 football players on the Conference USA Academic Honor Roll for having a GPA of 3.0 or better. Senior linebacker Zach Orr was honored as a Capital One Academic All-District member for his play on the field and earning a GPA above 3.30.
North Texas has made steady academic improvement under third-year head coach Dan McCarney. In 2012, the football team recorded a then-record cumulative GPA at 2.69. The 2.70 team GPA last fall broke that mark.
McCarney has had more football players make the President’s List and Athletic Director Honor Roll in each of his three years than any team since the inception of the awards.
The success in the classroom for North Texas was coupled with one of the best seasons on the field in Mean Green history. The team won nine games for only the sixth time in school history and won just its third bowl game in 100 years of football with a 36-14 win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1.