Twenty-three Student-Athletes Awarded Degrees Thursday
BATON ROUGE — Six members of LSU’s 2003 national championship football team, a pair of players on LSU’s 2004 Final Four women’s basketball team and a two-time Olympian were among the 23 student-athletes who were awarded their degree here Thursday.
Corey Webster, an All-American cornerback for the Tigers, highlighted the list of six Tiger football players who took part in the graduation ceremonies on the LSU campus. Webster, who still has one season of eligibility remaining, currently ranks second in school history with 14 career interceptions. He’ll enroll in graduate school during the fall.
“This is something that I’m very proud to have accomplished,” Webster said. “People recognize for all that you do on the playing field, but I feel like graduating is something that is just as important.
“I had to cram a lot in over the last two semesters. It took a great deal of hard work, but I was able to get in done and know and ready for my senior season of football.”
Joining Webster as LSU’s football graduates during summer commencement were linebacker Dorsett Buckels, linebacker Jason LeDoux, tight end Eric Edwards, linebacker Chris McCauley and defensive end Bryce Wyatt. Buckels also has one season of eligibility remaining as he too graduated in four years with a degree in general studies.
Since taking over the Tigers in 2000, 57 players who have played under Nick Saban have gone on to earn their degree, including 11 members of the 2003 national championship squad.
Temeka Johnson, an All-America point guard on the LSU women’s basketball team, graduated in four years with a degree in general studies. Johnson, who ranks among the school’s all-time leader in assists and steals, returns for her fourth season as a starter for the Lady Tigers in 2004-05.
Crystal White, also a member of LSU’s 2004 Final Four women’s basketball team, graduated with a degree in general studies.
Walter Davis, a six-time NCAA Champion in track and field as well as being the school’s record-holder in the triple jump, delayed his trip to Athens, Greece for the Olympics to participate in graduation on Thursday. Davis, who also competed in the 2000 Olympics, will represent the United States in the triple jump later this month in the Olympic Games.
2004 LSU Summer Student-Athlete Graduates
Chelsea Richard, Gymnastics Merchandising
Arts & Sciences
Ashley Bethel-Roman, Track General Studies
Zak Blanchard, Tennis General Studies
Dorsett Buckels, Football General Studies
Walter Davis, Track General Studies
Vanessa Deggins, Track History
Eric Edwards, Football General Studies
Temeka Johnson, Basketball General Studies
Jason Ledoux, Football General Studies
Brandon Nicholson, Tennis General Studies
Corey Webster, Football General Studies
Crystal White, Basketball General Studies
Eric Wiethorn, Baseball General Studies
Bryce Wyatt, Football General Studies
Beth Cowley, Volleyball Management
Brad David, Baseball Management
Jason Horrell, Golf Marketing
Christopher McCauley, Football Finance
Jeffrey Riemann, Golf Finance
Stephanie Smith, Swimming Kinesiology
Martina Barkman, Track Industrial Engineering
Chere Richards, Swimming Kinesiology
Korey Wales, Football Education