ATHENS, Georgia. — Shelby Tyler, a member of the University of Georgia track team, and football player Owen Condon have been named the 2021-2022 Joel Eaves Scholar-Athlete Award recipients.
The award is given to male and female student-athletes with the highest GPA at the start of the fall semester of their senior year, based on school time rather than eligibility. In addition, a student-athlete must have obtained at least two university letters to be eligible for the award.
Tyler is a junior high jumper while Condon is a junior offensive lineman.
Eaves served as UGA Athletic Director from 1963 to 1979, and the award was created to recognize the contributions he made during his tenure while recognizing the academic achievements of current student-athletes.
Tyler, originally from Noblesville, Indiana, is an economics student. She was named a 2021 NCAA Outdoor First Team All-Star after finishing fifth in the high jump at the NCAA Championships with 6-foot-and-a-half clearance, which tied the No. 10 of all time in UGA history. Also in the 2021 outdoor season, Tyler qualified for the Nationals with a 5-11.50 clearance in the NCAA East preliminaries, won the Torrin Lawrence Memorial with a 5-10.75 clearance after also winning the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens and scoring at the SEC Championships. Indoors, Tyler has a personal best of 5-11.50 after winning the 2020 Orange & Purple meet.
Thompson, a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, made his first college start (right tackle) in the 2020 season opener at Arkansas, he played the entire second half in right tackle in the victory over Auburn, and also saw the action against Missouri and Cincinnati. He secured a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll for fall 2020. So far in 2021, he has played as an OL reserve in three of four games (UAB, SC, Vanderbilt) .
Tyler and Condon will be recognized during pre-game ceremonies during the football game against Arkansas on October 2. Kick-off is scheduled for noon.