Oct. 28, 2010
University of Arizona offensive guard Jovon Hayes of Los Angeles was named the Western region winner of the Academic Momentum Award from Scholar-Baller.
Hayes, a fifth-year senior who is the starter on the right side after earning his first letter a year ago as a reserve, was chosen by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports. He joined eight other male region winners and 11 female region winners cited by the NCAS.
Hayes, an interdisciplinary studies major, follows UA defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, now an NFL rookie for the Houston Texans, winner of the honor for the region a year ago.
Greg Byrne, UA athletics director, said, "Jovon has done a remarkable job of maintaining his drive for academic success while working hard to compete on the field. His performance is as good as it gets and we're very proud to have his personal drive recognized with this honor."
The NCAS is an organization of colleges and universities that provides opportunities for current and former student-athletes to continue their pursuit of higher education. It was founded in 1985.
Its Scholar-Baller movement evolved in response to concerns that student-athletes' competitive roles increasingly impinged on their roles as students, and focused on student retention and academic achievement.