ATLANTA -- The Georgia State football team enjoyed a record-setting semester in the classroom with a 3.03 grade point average for the spring semester, the highest ever posted by the program in its eight seasons.

The football program's strong performance contributed to an all-time high 3.30 combined GPA for the Georgia State Department of Athletics.

In head coach Shawn Elliott's first semester, a record 61 Panthers earned academic honors with a grade point average of 3.0 of higher.

"We set a goal and we crushed it," said Elliott, who commended Georgia State's academic support staff, including Ron Moses, Jessica Summey and Brad Horton.

Junior tight end Jacob Nesmith was the team's top individual performer as he earned President's List recognition, Georgia State's highest academic distinction signifying a semester GPA of 4.0 or higher.

Twenty-nine Panthers earned Dean's List status with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and another 31 individuals made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The football program also celebrates 28 current and former student-athletes who completed graduation requirements, including current NFL player Wil Lutz of the New Orleans Saints and 2017 Washington Redskins draft pick Robert Davis. The roster of graduates also includes eight student-athletes who will play for the Panthers next fall.

Overall Team GPA for the Spring Semester 2017: 3.03
Overall Cumulative Team GPA: 2.92
Highest Semester GPA Offense: Jacob Nesmith
Highest Semester GPA Defense: Chandon Sullivan
Highest Overall GPA: Jacob Nesmith
Most Improved Offense: Ari Werts
Most Improved Defense: Javonte Lain
Rising Star Offense: Barry Brown
Rising Star Defense: Terry Thomas
Most Consistent Performer: Jaquez Parks

Jacob Nesmith

Hunter Atkinson
Bobby Baker
Barry Brown
Blane Cannon
Ed Curney
Kendrick Dorn
DeShaun Faltz
Oliver Holdenson
Seth-Patrick Holman
Jonathan Ifedi
Michael Kouassi
Justin Lamphlear
Julien Laurent
Rogier ten Lohuis
Chase Middleton
Gabe Mobley
Kyler Neal
Justin Otiwu
Jaquez Parks
Kyndall Phillips
Joshua Shim
Chris Sibilia
Jerome Smith
Jameel Spencer
Chandon Sullivan
Bill Teknipp
Ari Werts
Nygee Williams-Mitchell
Daniel Zeigler

Antreal Allen
Clifford Amazan
TJ Arnold
Shavi Bash
Deandre' Bowman
Todd Boyd
Cloves Campbell
Trey Chapman
Kight Dallas
Ruggerio Deluca
Andrew Everett
Shamarious Gilmore
Kendrec Grady
Brandon Hamilton
Akil Hawkins
Trent Hill
Jeff Hollingsworth
DeQueszman Kelley
Javonte Lain
Maurice Lauchner
Conner Manning
Warren McWilliams
Charlie Patrick
Malik Ricks
Emiere Scaife
Mitchell Shea
Terry Thomas
James Traylor
David West
Sebastian Willer
Brandon Wright

Kyler Neal 
Akil Hawkins 
Alonzo McGee 
Andrew Everett 
B.J. Clay 
Bill Teknipp 
Bobby Baker 
Cloves Campbell 
Daniel Zeigler 
Jameel Spencer 
Joseph Peterson 
Julien Laurent 
Justin Otiwu 
Kelepi Folau 
Kight Dallas 
Mackendy Cheridor 
Melvin King 
Nyiakki Height 
Robert Davis 
Robert Dowling 
Shawanye Lawrence
Tevin Jones 
Trent Hill 
Trey Payne 
Will Cunningham 
Wil Lutz 
DeQueszman Kelley 
Gabe Mobley