The Owl Spirit is Alive
Kennesaw State’s athletic teams have always brought a sense of energy, spirit and pride to Owl Nation. Coming together to cheer on our student-athletes is one of the many things that I have missed, and I know that many of our students, faculty and alumni feel the same way.
While our student-athletes, like all of us, have had to take a pause from campus activities, they are true warriors who are conditioned to overcome obstacles to achieve their goals. Thanks to the leadership of KSU’s Director of Athletics Milton Overton and all of our coaches, this spring has been one for the record books.
Academically, our student-athletes excelled earning an average GPA of 3.30 across all sports, with 78% of our student-athletes earning a 3.0 or higher. The women’s cross country team set another record with a team average GPA of 3.93. In addition, 73 students were named Presidential Scholars, achieving a 4.0 GPA, and 162 students were named to the Dean’s List in their respective programs, achieving a 3.5 GPA or better. This shows just how dedicated KSU’s student-athletes are to education, and their determination keeps the Owl spirit alive.
From academic achievement to excellence on the field, our Owls are a source of pride. Bronson Rechsteiner, a running back who in his four years at KSU helped lead the Owls, took the next step in his athletic career by signing as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. At the same time, Auzoyah Alufohai, a former KSU defensive lineman who was among the original signing class and played three years for the Owls, signed as a free agent with the Houston Texans. With these two players taking a shot at the NFL, that makes five former Owls players who have signed with a pro team in the program’s short history.
As we look forward to a time when we all can return to campus and once again cheer for our teams, it is worth noting the Owls football team is heading into year six as the most successful five-year start-up program in college football history with three consecutive 11-win seasons during its first five years of competition. Assuming all is safe to resume, I look forward to another outstanding season of all fall athletics at KSU.
Meanwhile, congratulations to all of our student-athletes for a job well done.
Hooty Hoo and Go Owls!