CCACSA Announces Student-Athletes of the Month

by Alissa Cavaretta
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CCACSA Announces Student-Athletes of the Month

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes honored six student-athletes for their academic achievements and community service for February.

Each month, five student-athletes are recognized for their academic improvement, dedication and proven ability. In addition, one student-athlete is chosen through LSU’s Student-Athlete Affairs program for their volunteerism and commitment to the community.

February’s student-athletes of the month are John Battle [Football], Claudia De Antonio [Women’s Golf], David Ducre [Football], Emily Ehrle [Volleyball] and Ella Williams [Soccer]. Erin Macadaeg [Gymnastics] was selected as the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program Student-Athlete of the Month.

Battle is a communication studies major, De Antonio is an international trade and finance major, Ducre and Williams are both business majors, Ehrle is a sport administration major and Macadaeg is a marketing major.

A freshman safety from Hallendale, Florida, Battle joined the Tigers in 2014 as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247sports.  The No. 18 safety prospect in the nation by 247 Sports tallied 95 tackles and returned two interceptions for a touchdown during his senior year of high school.

DeAntonio, a freshman from Caracas, Venezuela, led her high school team to the district, regional and state championships from 2010-2013. She was the district individual champion in 2012 and reigned as the South Florida PGA Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

A freshman fullback from Slidell, La., Ducre has the ability to play both fullback and running back. The early enrollee scored 16 touchdowns as a senior and was ranked the No. 1 fullback in the nation by 247 Sports. The four-star prospect by Rivals, ESPN, Scout and 247 Sports carried the ball 190 times for 1,586 yards as a senior, earning first team all-district honors.

Ehrle, a junior outside hitter from Crowley, Texas, started 19 matches for the Tigers this season, helping her team to the second round of the NCAA tournament. She had 51 kills on the year and averaged a .201 hitting clip on the year with 35 blocks and a 0.55 blocks per set average.

The Leatherhead, Surrey, England, freshman defender Williams made 13 appearances and started four matches for the Tigers during the 2014 season. In her collegiate debut versus Northwestern State, she assisted on Lexi Gibbs‘ goal in 67th minute for her first career assist. Before coming to LSU, Williams was an experienced member of England’s Women’s National Team.

Macadaeg, a freshman all-around gymnast from Redwood City, California, was the first freshman in LSU history to score a 9.90 in her debut beam appearance for the Tigers. After her career-high 9.95 beam performance against Georgia, Macadaeg was named the SEC Specialist of the Week. Accumulating over 20 hours of community service this year, Macadaeg has participated in the Operation Christmas Child, Gardere Neighborhood Arts Project, the MLK Day of Service downtown pillar painting and other events in the local community throughout the semester.

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.

The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes is a 54,000 square foot facility comprised of an academic affairs, student affairs and an information technology team, serving more than 530 student-athletes. The purpose is to provide an all-inclusive, student-centered support structure for all student-athletes from matriculation, through graduation and life beyond.