Mercer's Betts Named Capital One Academic All-American

Thursday, November 29, 2012

MACON, Ga. – Mercer senior midfielder Will Betts garnered arguably the highest academic honor in all of collegiate athletics when he was named a 2012 Capital One Academic All-America first team member on Thursday afternoon, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Betts is the fourth Mercer student-athlete to receive Academic All-American honors in school history, and just the second to be voted a first team All-American. Former Bears' baseball players Mike Armstrong and Billy Burns were third team selections in 2006 and 2011, respectively, while former men's basketball player Will Emerson was a two-time first team All-American in 2005 and 2006.

This isn't the first academic honor for Betts, who has a 3.98 cumulative GPA as a finance major. The Brenham, Texas native was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and was voted a Capitol One Academic All-District IV first team member as a junior and senior as well.

He was also recognized as a 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-South Region second team member, with the 2012 honors due to come out early next month.

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