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While the Rebels have enjoyed a solid fall on the fields and courts and look forward to the upcoming Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and more basketball games, all student-athletes are busy this week proving they are champions in the classroom as well, with final exams taking place. 

"Every finals' period is different.  But after the success that all of our student-athletes experienced athletically, we wanted to encourage them in a different way." said senior associate athletics director for academics and student-athlete development, Derek Cowherd. "Our sports production staff is second to none. I came up with the concept and within days, it was done.  Of course nothing takes the place of working hard, attending class or studying and preparing all year, but this added boost should remind all students that we care about how they perform academically as well."

 

Hero In The Classroom

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Thumbnail image for Backstrom_Hero.JPGEach home football game Ole Miss recognizes a student-athlete who has excelled both on the field or court and in the classroom as the "Hero in the Classroom." 

Rebel men's tennis senior Johan Backstrom was honored at last Saturday's home opener against Southeast Missouri.  He was  featured in the game program and on the video board during the third quarter of the game.

At six-foot-five, Backstrom has played a pivotal role on the hard courts for the Rebels while also excelling in the classroom.  He is the exemplary student-athlete.

Backstrom helped lead Ole Miss to a top-10 final national ranking, their 10th SEC West title, and the team's 20th consecutive NCAA appearance in 2013.  With a 20-14 record in doubles, he ended the year ranked No. 58 in the nation with teammate Stefan Lindmark.   Backstrom also posted 24 wins in singles including clinching wins over both No. 6 Tennessee and No. 12 Baylor. 

Aside from the tennis courts, Backstrom has a current 3.89 GPA in Banking and Finance.  In 2013 he earned ITA Scholar-Athlete, Capital One Academic All-District, and SEC Academic Honor Roll honors.  He has been named to the Chancellor's Honor Roll every semester at Ole Miss.

Backstrom has helped the Rebels earn the Chancellor's Cup (given to team with the highest cumulative GPA) and the ITA All-Academic Team Award (requires a minimum GPA of 3.2) every year he's been here.

Stay tuned for more posts on forthcoming student-athletes recognized as the "Hero in the Classroom."

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