Potter named academic All-America

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Potter boasts a 3.98 GPA in business and finance, which is the highest GPA on the football team and has one of the top 10 GPAs among all Western Michigan student-athletes.

The Grand Haven native is the vice president of the Entrepreneurs Club on campus, an organization Potter founded in the spring of 2011. The organization’s purpose is to connect students, spark innovation and generate ideas on ways to better impact the WMU and Kalamazoo communities.

Potter and two colleagues met at “Start Up Weekend,” a national event for young entrepreneurs, in April and brainstormed, conceptualized and started the web site http://www.kalamazoolocalmusic.com.

Potter’s acknowledgment marks the fifth year in a row that Western Michigan football has had one of its own earn Capital One Academic All-America. He is the first Bronco to earn first team honors since Anthony Gebhart in 2007.

Former WMU and Grand Haven teammate Phillip Swanson earned Capital One Academic All-America in 2008 and 2010.


Jordan White becomes the first Western Michigan football student-athlete to be named a Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American as he earned second team honors on Thursday night.

White was named American Football Coaches Association All-America earlier this week and needs to be named All-America by either the Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America or the Sporting News to be considered WMU’s first Consensus All-American.

The Cleveland, Ohio, native joins Biletnikoff Award finalists Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State), Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma) and Robert Woods (USC) on the All-America team, leading his fellow All-America team members in every NCAA statistical category except total receiving TDs in 2011.

White is just 110 receiving yards from becoming the Mid-American Conference’s career record holder and needs 125 yards to become the MAC’s single-season record holder. 

The sixth year wide receiver and the rest of the Western Michigan Broncos will take on Purdue in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 27 at 4:30 at Ford Field.

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