FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas student-athletes Dylan Breeding and Hope McLemore were announced as two of 28 nominees for the SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award the conference office announced today.
Breeding, a Razorback football player, and McLemore, a Razorback softball player, join football player Alfred Davis and gymnast Kelci Lewis who were nominated for the Brad Davis Community Service Award announced earlier this week.
“The H. Boyd McWhorter Award is one of the highest honors bestowed by the Southeastern Conference as it recognizes some of the top scholar-athletes in the nation,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. “We are pleased to be able to nominate two outstanding student-athletes in Dylan Breeding and Hope McLemore as representatives of the University of Arkansas. Both have demonstrated that student-athletes can succeed in the classroom while competing at the highest levels athletically.”
Breeding earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing management graduating cum laude in December, 2012. He was a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, graduating early with a 3.82 grade point average. Breeding was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and was ranked in the top 10 percent of his graduating class.
Breeding was a first-team Academic All-American punter and named a two-time All-SEC punter by both the Associated Press and the SEC coaches. He is a three-time nominee for the Burlsworth Award and participated in the East-West Shrine Game. Breeding was a two-time nominee for the Ray Guy Award, which is awarded to the nation’s top punter. A walk-on who earned a scholarship after two years and a four-year starter, Breeding was also active in a number of community service projects with the Boys and Girls Club of Fayetteville and Lift Up America. His other projects included a mission trip to Guatemala City in the summer of 2011 and serving as the president of Arkansas’ Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
A native of Hoover, Ala., Breeding is the son of Marve and Kerri Breeding.
McLemore is on track to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in education in community health promotion in May, 2013. Named the 2012-13 Razorback Foundation Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, McLemore is a a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, was named to the Chancellor’s Honor Roll and earned distinction as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete.
In addition, McLemore is a team captain and a four-year letterwinner as a pitcher. She ranks in the top 10 all-time in school history in strikeouts, wins, games started, shutouts, strikeouts, complete games, batters faced and innings pitched. McLemore is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta National Health Pre-professional Honor Society and a member of the Arkansas Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, upon which she currently serves as vice president. She is the co-founder and president of Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Arkansas Chapter and interned at the Pat Walker Health Center. She is heavily involved in a number of various community initiatives, including Book Hogs, Sweat Hawgs, the Seven Hills Homeless Shelter and Residential Community, the Samaritan Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity and the Full Circle Food Pantry.
A native of Ringling, Okla., she is the daughter of Terry and Elizabeth McLemore.
Breeding and McLemore are finalists for the post-graduate scholarship of $15,000 awarded to one male and one female winner from the SEC. The remaining 26 nominees each receive a $7,500 award. The recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Awards will be revealed on April 5. The SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award was first presented in 1986. The honor was renamed the H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athletes of the Year in May 1990 to honor the former commissioner who served the conference from 1972-86. The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 14 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla. on May 30.