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Spider Football Excels On Field And Classroom
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 01/18/2013
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The 2012 season was a fantastic one both on the field and in the classroom for the University of Richmond Spiders football team.  After posting an 8-3 record and winning the CAA Football title, the team also recorded its best fall-semester team GPA since 2001.

"We are all very excited about the overall progress being made within our football program," head coach Danny Rocco remarked.  "We are committed to creating an environment and a culture which promotes success in all areas of the student-athlete experience."

In the fall term, 41 student-athletes improved their cumulative GPAs, while 22 players recorded their best GPAs ever.  Even more impressive, 31 student-athletes posted GPAs of 3.00 or better during the fall semester.

"Our fall semester grades help to validate that this culture is becoming more of a reality," Rocco said.  "Our ability to win a conference championship as well as to earn our best semester GPA in over a decade; helps to add value to our most recent successes."

On the field under first-year head coach Danny Rocco, Richmond earned a share of the CAA Football championship, posting an overall record of 8-3 and a conference mark of 6-2.  The five-win turnaround is the second-best in the history of Richmond football, while the six-conference win improvement was the best in the CAA. 

The Spiders had numerous quality wins in 2012, defeating Villanova in Philadelphia, while also taking down then No. 2-ranked James Madison.  Richmond also defeated perennial CAA power Delaware at Robins Stadium.

Individually, three Richmond players - Cooper Taylor, Kendall Gaskins and Kevin Finney - earned All-American honors while 11 Spiders earned All-CAA recognition.

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