CCACSA Announces Student-Athletes of the Month

by Grant Kauvar
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 the month of November.

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.

November’s student-athletes of the month are Carley Hoover [Softball], Becca Weissmann [Women’s Tennis], Sven Saemundsson [Men’s Swimming], Jakori Savage [Football] and Jason Attuso [Men’s Track and Field]. LaMar Bruton [Men’s Track and Field] was selected as the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program Student-Athlete of the Month.

Hoover is a theatre major with a concentration in film and television; Weissman is a nutrition and food sciences major; Saemundsson is a chemical engineering major; Savage is undecided; Attuso is a sports administration major and Bruton is a pre-human science and education major.

Hoover is in her junior season on the softball team where she has made a big impact as a pitcher. In her sophomore season she led the team in wins (22), appearances (41), starts (25), complete games (19), innings pitched (194.1), strikeouts (225), and opponent batting average (.210).  In 2016, she helped lead the softball team all the way to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series.

Weissman is a freshman out of Loveland, Colorado. During her high school career she won the 5A Singles State Tournament as a freshman in 2013. She spent her junior and senior seasons playing at the Ginepri Performance Tennis Academy in Marietta, Georgia.

Saemundsson is in his freshman year. He is from Rijeka, Croatia. Prior to coming to LSU he was a national champion in the 400, 800, 1500 freestyle, and in the 400 individual medley. He holds a national record in the 400, 800, 1500 freestyle, and a junior national record in the 400 IM.

Savage is a freshman on the LSU football team and he is from Bay Minette, Alabama. Coming out of high school he was rated as a three-star prospect and was ranked as the No. 90 offensive tackle in the country. According to 247sports he was ranked the 38th-best player in Alabama. He is a player with great size and a tremendous upside.

Attuso is a freshman jumper on the Men’s Track and Field team. He is a local product being from Baton Rouge and attending Catholic High School.

Bruton was selected as the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program Student-Athlete of the Month for his dedication to the community, participating in numerous service events throughout her LSU career. Bruton is a senior who just transferred to LSU. He is an All-American runner. In his time prior to LSU Bruton excelled on and off the track. He was a 2015 Academic All-Big Ten selection and a member of the 2014 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team. He was also a member of the Black Student Associate and was a Student-Athlete Support Services Peer Educator at his previous institution. He comes into LSU as one of the NCAA’s leading 400-meter runners. He’s a three-time NCAA semifinalist in the 400-meter dash between the indoor and outdoor seasons. 

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.