Five players named NAIA Scholar-Athletes


Cumberland seniors Josh Bates and Chandler Peeples, juniors Brian Billingsley and Marcus Bryson and redshirt sophomore Tyler Tate were all named 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes on Friday, as announced by the national office in advance of Saturday’s national championship game in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Student-athletes must be a junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.50 grade-point-average and above to be eligible for the award. A total of 359 football players from around the nation were recognized. Peeples carries a 3.84 GPA in Management while Billingsley holds a 3.75 in Accounting and Bryson posts a 3.57 in Special Education. Bates and Tate both have a 3.51, Bates while working on his master’s in Business Administration and Tate in Management.

2017 Football Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes 

  • Josh Bates – 3.51, Master’s, Business Administration
  • Brian Billingsley – 3.75, Accounting
  • Marcus Bryson – 3.57, Special Education
  • Chandler Peeples – 3.84, Management
  • Tyler Tate – 3.51, Management
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