COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The NCAA is very clear when it always refers to its sport participants as student-athletes. Those on scholarship receive a free education and, as is seen time and again, those that take advantage of that go on to be very successful once their athletic careers are over.
The spring semester at Texas A&M University is now official over and, with its end, means that is is time for the spring graduation ceremonies. Those will take place over the next two weeks and thousands of Aggie students will see years of hard work pay off as they receive their degrees.
Including in that number are quite a few Texas A&M student-athletes. In fact, there are 68 student-athletes from 13 different varsity sports that are set to get diplomas this coming weekend. Seven of those 68 are actually receiving their master’s degrees.
According to a release from Texas A&M Athletics, those seven are football’s Jake Graham, Ryan Renick and Colton Taylor; men’s track & field’s Bryce Deadmon and Kristopher Grimes; women’s basketball’s Anna Dreimane and Ciera Johnson. On Tuesday evening, both Deadmon and Johnson were awarded with the most prestigious honor an A&M athlete can receive as they were two of the three Distinguished Letterman Award winners.
The three football players in that group were all walkons at A&M. Renick, who hails from nearby Iola, actually started his career at Kansas before transferring to A&M. Though still a walkon this past season, he actually made three starts when the Aggies were in two-tight end sets to begin the game. He had two catches for 26 yards and a touchdown. Taylor was a quarterback from Houston Memorial in the 2016 class and suited up for the team every year since then. He earned two letters. Graham was a walkon tight end from Waco Midway in the 2016 class and he spent two years with the program.
The additional list of the 67 players receiving their bachelor’s degrees include some names that fans may be a little more familiar with than the others. Current baseball players Bryce Blaum, Chris Weber and Logan Sartori are receiving their degrees. Basketball standouts Quenton Jackson, Savion Flagg and Jay Jay Chandler are as well. The latter two will be graduate transfers with Flagg headed to Sam Houston State and Chandler to South Alabama.
As for the football team, starting cornerback Myles Jones is set to graduate. He opted to stay in Aggieland for another year, though, after the NCAA declared that the 2020 season did not count toward eligibility. He will now start work towards a master’s degree. Devin Morris is another scholarship defensive back set to graduate. He recently announced he was stepping away from football on an indefinite leave of absence to focus on his mental health, which was a move lauded by many for its honesty. Offensive lineman Grayson Reed is the other scholarship football player set to graduate. A former four-star recruit out of Houston Cy Creek, he has struggled with injuries during his time in Aggieland.
Spring 2021 Graduates
Baseball Bryce Blaum University Studies-Business
Baseball George Janca Ag Leadership & Development
Baseball Logan Sartori Psychology
Baseball Christopher Weber Biomedical Engineering
Men’s Basketball Jay Jay Chandler University Studies – Leadership
Men’s Basketball Savion Flagg University Studies – Leadership
Men’s Basketball Quenton Jackson University Studies – Race, Gender, and Ethnicity
Men’s Basketball Luke McGhee Mechanical Engineering
Football Andrew Boykin Civil Engineering
Football Daniel Bushland University Studies-Business
Football Galen Gallagher Management
Football Jake Graham Master’s – Finance
Football Myles Jones University Studies-Business
Football Devin Morris University Studies-Sports Conditioning
Football Jake Pagel Sport Management
Football Grayson Reed University Studies-Sports Conditioning
Football Ryan Renick Master’s – Construction Management
Football AJ Sanders University Studies – Race, Gender, and Ethnicity
Football Christian Scoggin Education
Football Colton Taylor Master’s – Financial Management
Men’s Golf Dan Erickson Accounting
Men’s Swimming & Diving Gus Karau Industrial Distribution
Men’s Swimming & Diving Sean Morey Biomedical Sciences
Men’s Tennis Juan Carlos Aguilar Pena University Studies-Business
Men’s Tennis Valentin Vacherot University Studies-Business
Men’s Track & Field Jace Comick Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences
Men’s Track & Field Bryce Deadmon Master’s – Marketing
Men’s Track & Field Devin Dixon Economics