Charlotte, N.C. – Charlotte 49ers Jordi Massalle Ferrer (men’s tennis) and Lee McNeill (football) have been named recipients of the 2015-16 Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year awards for their respective sports, C-USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod announced Tuesday.
The C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year awards are presented to the top student-athletes in each conference-sponsored sport, determined by a vote of the league’s 14 faculty athletic representatives (FARs). The award is based on academic achievement (G.P.A.), athletic achievement and service.
Massalle Ferrer becomes the fourth Niners men’s tennis player to earn league Scholar Athlete of the Year accolades. Alex Calott was named Conference USA Men’s Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2014. Zvi Lantsberg and Dorian Host were tabbed as the Atlantic 10’s selections in 2006 and 2007, respectively. This season, Massalle Ferrer was named to the Conference USA All-Academic team for the third straight year. Massalle Ferrer, who had a 3.915 GPA, graduated this past May with a degree in Finance and Economics.
This past season, Massalle Ferrer, who earned first-team all-conference honors for the third time in his career, was voted first-team All-Conference USA in singles. He also earned second-team All-Conference USA honors in doubles. Massalle Ferrer finished his career with a school-record 96 singles victories and 80 doubles wins.
Last season, McNeill was the 49ers starting quarterback in the program’s first-year of FBS football and as a member of Conference USA. He led the 49ers in pass attempts (190), completions (100) and yardage (878) last year. He has played in all 34 games in the 49ers program’s history.
Rising redshirt senior McNeill, who has 3.97 GPA, graduated this past May with a degree in Business Management and a minor in American Studies; and he will pursue an MBA this Fall. This past season, he was named to the Conference USA All-Academic team and he has earned the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal in each of the last three years. He also has been on the University’s Chancellor’s list (3.8 GPA or higher) in each of his eight semesters while having a perfect 4.0 GPA in seven of those eight semesters.