ATLANTA, Ga. - In the ASUN Beam Video Series, the conference features student-athletes across the league that have excelled in the classroom and taken a Students First mentality during their time as a student-athlete. Throughout the year, the ASUN will feature two student-athletes from each institution that epitomize the conference's beam of Students First.
North Florida's Tanner Murphy recently took home the ASUN's top academic honor, as he was named 2019 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for baseball, becoming the first UNF baseball player to earn the accolade. The junior centerfielder owns a 3.90 GPA as a Finance major. Along with being tabbed Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Murphy was named to the ASUN All-Academic team for the second-straight season. Some of Murphy's other academic accomplishment's include; 2018 ASUN Honor Roll, UNF's Highest GPA for Male Athlete in 2018, 2018 UNF Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as well as earning the UNF Presidential Scholarship.
"Students first means that there are a lot of things you can't do that maybe some other students would do. You have a lot less time, so you have to spend that time doing your schoolwork," Murphy said.
"The biggest thing about Tanner Murphy is that he's extremely driven. I would say no matter what he wants to do he's going to do, he's going to put his mind to it and be the absolute best he can be. He doesn't compare himself to others, but he does push himself to be his absolute best," said Tara Sunquist, UNF Compliance Coordinator.
Murphy echoes Sunquist's sentiments about being driven and never settling.
"Going 100 percent all the time. Never settling for a C or settling going 1-for-3 in a game. You want to do the best you can at all times," Murphy said.
"Tanner tells me he's going to double major after this year because he has so many credits to go forward with. He's going to make it in the business world and he also may have a chance to make it on the baseball field. He does a great job for us and he has some interest from some pro clubs," UNF Head Coach Tim Parenton added.
"Student-athletes at UNF truly embody the ASUN beam of Students First. All of our students do a great job in the classroom, but Tanner stands above the rest by working hard and getting the job done in the classroom and on the field," continued Sunquist.
On top of being the league's Scholar-Athlete, Murphy was voted First Team All-Conference for the second-straight season, as he hit .297 with six homers and 35 RBIs. Murphy led the ASUN in stolen bases and ranked in the top-10 for hits, runs, doubles, home runs and fielding percentage.