University of Georgia football player Prather Hudson and soccer player Caroline Chipman have been named recipients of the 2019-20 Joel Eaves Scholar-Athlete Award.
The award is presented to the male and female student-athletes with the highest grade point average upon entering the fall semester of his or senior year, based upon academic hour rather than eligibility. Additionally, a student-athlete must have earned at least two varsity letters to be eligible for the award.
Both athletes are juniors in eligibility in their respective sports. Hudson is the fifth football player and Chipman is the second soccer player awarded in program history. Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart won the award as a player in 1997-98.
Eaves was the Director of Athletics at UGA from 1963 to 1979, and the award was established with the aim of acknowledging the contributions he made during his tenure while also highlighting the academic achievements of current student-athletes.
Hudson is a finance major from Columbus, Georgia. He earned the team’s 2017-18 Scholar Athlete of the Year award and was one of three winners of the Frank Sinkwich Award (toughest player on team) at the team’s 2018 post-season awards gala. He played in all 14 games, with 64 yards on 15 carries in 2018.
Chipman, a native of Atlanta, is an accounting major who was a Presidential Scholar on the J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll for Spring 2019. She is a staple of Georgia’s defense, starting in all games and assisting in five shutouts during the 2018 season.
Chipman and Hudson will be recognized during the pregame ceremonies at the football game against Arkansas State on September 14. Kickoff is set for noon.