MARIETTA, Ga. – Southern Polytechnic State University men’s soccer player Gabe Warner
was chosen as a 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. To be eligible for NAIA Scholar-Athlete
honors, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of
3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must be at least a junior in academic status.
Earlier, Warner was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Third Team at the College Division level after earning a spot on the All-District 2 Team. District 2 includes institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Mississippi and South Carolina with the College Division consisting of student-athletes playing at NAIA, two-year and Canadian schools. Those squads are chosen by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Warner, a junior defender from Grovetown, Ga., is a biology major with a 3.65 GPA. This past season, he started all 22 games for Southern Polytechnic and led the team in minutes played with 1966. Warner recorded one goal and three assists for five points, and spearheaded a defense that allowed just 18 goals, 200 shots and 83 shots on goal in 22 matches. His lone goal came in Southern Poly’s 2-1 loss in the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament championship game and he was once nominated for SSAC Defensive Player-of-the-Week accolades this year.
The Hornets, ranked 11th nationally in the NAIA, finished 15-6-1 overall this season after being the No. 8 seed at the 2012 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship. SPSU made its fourth straight trip to the NAIA national tournament and second consecutive appearance in the Elite Eight before being eliminated by top-ranked and No. 1-seed Lindsey Wilson College, the defending national champion.