Big 12: Randa Ryan
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
It's been a strong year of achievement this season for Texas athletes on the field with a bowl victory by the football team, tournament appearances for both the men's and women's basketball team and another College World Series berth for the baseball team.
But as satisfying as that on-the-field success might have been, the Longhorns' achievements in the classroom have been just as notable.
The school announced that for the Spring 2009 semester, 235 student-athletes -- more than 60 percent -- earned a 3.0 grade point average. Thirty-six Texas athletes earned 4.0 GPAs. And three men's and women's varsity programs produced team GPAs of at least 3.0.
"Our goal is to have all of our teams reach a 3.0 GPA or better each semester," said Dr. Randa Ryan, Texas' senior associate athletics director for student services. "This spring we were very close to achieving that goal, and this gives great value to all the hard work from our students, the academic staff and the coaches."
Perhaps the Longhorn football program's most notable scholar-athlete was running back Chris Ogbonnaya, who recently earned the Big 12's Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship. He becomes the fifth Texas player to win that award since 2001.
His production in the classroom has served as an inspiration to his teammates and other Texas athletes, said Brian Davis, the football program's associate athletic director for student services.
"Chris Ogbonnaya's postgraduate scholarship is a testament to his hard work and great character," Davis said. "He is wise enough to know that, while he has a great opportunity to continue his career in the NFL, that career will only be a short time relative to the rest of his life. He will use this scholarship to obtain his law degree and pursue his 'second' career."