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Incoming safety Eric Reid earns national Scholar-Athlete award



One thing that has gone unnoticed these past two years has been that the football team hasn't had a big transgression since Perrilloux's exit.  LSU is nowhere to be found on EDSBS's Fulmer Cup rankings, and that's a great thing.  It helps that Coach Miles is bringing in players with resumés like this:

Eric Reid, Baton Rouge, LA  -  Eric is the 2010 Student of the Year, Mentor to 6 Freshman, Member of Mt. Gillion Baptist Church, Voted the Most Intelligent Male, Assistant in the LSU Chemistry Lab, Gatorade Player of the Year, US Army All American, #1 Player in Louisiana, 1st Team All District/All Metro/&All Parish, and District MVP. Participates in basketball and football while maintaining a 4.7 GPA at Dutchtown High School.

Reid was the winner of the Watkins Award, which is awarded to the nation's top African-American student-athlete.  Evan Washington, currently on campus, was a finalist.

Evan Washington, Dallas, TX – Evan is member of the DeSoto Student Council, a Volunteer for The Bridge Homeless Shelter, Volunteer for the Ellis Hobbs Special Olympics,  Basketball First Team Academic, Basketball First Team All Region/All District, Football First Team All District, Max Prep All American, Offensive Player of the Year, Under Armour All American.  Participates in Basketball and Football while maintaining a 3.9 GPA at DeSoto High School.

I think the important thing to remember is that we're raising young men, not football players.  Even at a program like LSU, only about a quarter of our scholarship football players ever set foot on an NFL roster, and the others return to being ordinary citizens like you and me.  And whether they're NFL pros or regular joes, we owe it to Louisiana and elsewhere that they leave LSU and enter their lives as great people, not just great athletes.  The last two years have not been perfect, but the fact that our football players haven't been getting into trouble is something we should all be proud of.  This is the foundation I believe Miles should build the program upon.

Link to award site