DJ Welter earns Student Athlete of the Month honor at LSU

BATON ROUGE – The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes honored six LSU student-athletes for their academic achievements and community service for the month of May.

Each month, five student-athletes are recognized for their academic improvement, dedication and proven ability. In addition, one student-athlete is chosen through the CHAMPS (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success) program for their volunteerism and commitment to the community.

One of this six chosen is former Notre Dame standout D.J. Welter.

Welter, an entrepreneurship major, redshirted for the 2010 campaign. He was tabbed one of the nation’s top 50 outside backers from both Rivals and ESPN.com. elter, the 2009 Class AAA Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year, was a member of Notre Dame’s state championship team that year.

Also earning honors are Courtney Jones, Kurt McCune, Jarrett Fobbs, Kenny Hilliard and Justin Hamilton.

Jones and McCune are majoring in sport administration while Hamilton is a sociology major.

Fobbs and Hilliard are members of the University College Center for Freshman Year (UCFY). The UCFY is an academic unit to help freshmen define their academic and career goals.

Jones, a junior forward from Midfield, Ala., recently was elected as the Community Outreach Chair of LSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the 2011-12 school year. She served as one of the SEC’s top “sixth women” after coming off the bench in all 32 games last season. Jones was the team’s fourth leading scorers with 5.8 points per contest highlighted by a season-best 21 points, one shy of her career-best, during the regular season finale at No. 4 Tennessee.  

A freshman wide receiver from Shreveport, Fobbs was selected to redshirt the 2010 season. He was rated the No. 10 prospect in Louisiana by Rivals.com and was named to the New Orleans Times-Picayune Blue Chips list. During his senior season at Huntington High School, Fobbs combined for over 1,350 all purpose yards and 17 touchdowns.

Hamilton, a junior center from Alpine, Utah, sat out the 2010-11 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He knocked down 62 percent of his shots and averaged 6.4 points to go along with 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in 2010. The 62 percent field goal clip was fourth best season effort in Iowa State history and led the Big 12 with 3.7 offensive rebounds per game in league games. 

A freshman running back from Patterson, Hilliard racked up 8,603 career rushing yards and added 106 touchdowns en route to Louisiana’s High School rushing record. The nephew of former LSU and New Orleans Saints standout Dalton Hilliard, Kenny was rated as a four-start recruit and the nation’s ninth-best running back according to Rivals.com. 

McCune, a freshman hurler from Norco, paces the Tiger pitching staff with a 6-3 mark and a 3.51 ERA. He has registered 59 strikeouts during 77.0 innings of work and limited opponents to a .222 hitting clip. The right-hander won his first five decisions highlighted by a complete game effort at Georgia and is scheduled to start Saturday versus Tennessee.

For putting forth extra effort in the classroom and community in addition to their rigorous academic and competition schedules, these six student-athletes will have their pictures displayed on the wall in the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.

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