FRISCO, Texas – Seniors Max Holmes (football) and Briana Bishop (softball) have been named Southland Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year announced league officials Thursday morning. The league recognizes 24 student-athletes, a male and female from each league institution, who maintain a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and have at least two years of intercollegiate competition at the school from which they are nominated.
Holmes was a two-year letterwinner who started every game of his career after transferring from LSU. He helped protect SFA record-setting quarterback Jeremy Moses who enters his final year of competition as the school's all-time leader in completions, passing yards, total offense and touchdown passes. The 'Jacks were the nation's top passing offense in 2009.
A 2009 All-Southland Conference selection, Holmes closed out his career by helping guide SFA to the conference title and a spot in the NCAA FCS Playoffs. The Lumberjacks advanced to the second round of the playoffs, and finished the year ranked among the nation's top 10 in all the major polls.
Bishop closed out her career on a similar path as Holmes. A two-time first-team All-Southland Conference selection, Bishop guided the Ladyjacks to their first Southland Conference regular-season title in school history. During her time at SFA she has been a part of a conference regular-season and tournament championship team, and was a key figure in the school's first-ever NCAA tournament appearance at the division I level.
The 2010 June Irwin Female Athlete of the Year Award winner, Bishop left her mark on the school record books. She leaves SFA as the school's all-time leader in doubles, home runs, RBIs and walks.