May 31, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Look for the definition of a student-athlete and odds are it’s going to include a photo of Florida State University softball player Natasha Jacob. The senior added one more piece of hardware to her already impressive collection as she was named CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine First-Team Academic All-American as announced Wednesday (May 31).
The First-Team selection comes on the heels of a Second-Team accolade last year. Jacob (Coppell, Texas), who graduated magna cum laude in April with a 3.87 grade point average in exercise science, is the first Seminole softball player to earn First-Team honors.
“Natasha has been the model of a student-athlete,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf. “She works hard whether it is on the field or in the classroom and she really has been the perfect example of what you can accomplish if you manage your time wisely and set your priorities. When recruit student-athletes she the example we use.”
During her four years at Florida State, Jacob won virtually every academic award possible. She is a four-year member of the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll as well as a three-year CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 selection. The Golden Torch recipient for the top gpa on the team, she has been on the dean’s list (3.5 gpa and higher) or president’s list (4.0 gpa) all eight semester at Florida State.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for both academics and softball because it’s tough to balance both,” Jacob said. “When you get to college you learn a lot about time management. I try to prioritize my time and get the most out of everything.”
This season Jacob stamped her name in the record books while capping one of the best careers in Florida State and ACC history. A First-Team NFCA All-Southeast Region and First-Team All-ACC selection, she set a new school and league record with her 252 at-bats in 2006 while rating third in Seminole lore with 94 hits. On the FSU career charts she rates fourth in at-bats (795) and hits (271), six for stolen bases (69), eighth for games played (264), runs (147) and walks (74) as well as ninth in batting average (.341) and tenth for triples (15). Her hits total is the seventh-best in ACC history and her 69 swipes is the ninth-highest total.
Jacob was the only ACC player on the First-Team and one of only two league players on any of the three teams. Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher was Second-Team.