Upstate Recognizes Three December Student-Athlete Graduates

Not pictured:  Tori Brown
Not pictured: Tori Brown

Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate athletics celebrates three current student-athletes who have completed their eligibility as a Spartan and have earned their degrees as the university held its December graduation ceremony on Tuesday evening at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.

The three student-athletes that earned their degrees this semester were Tori Brown (women's soccer), Jade Hudson (women's soccer) and Kyle Juell (men's soccer).

Upstate has continued to excel in the classroom heading into the 2017-18 academic year by having over 140 student-athletes last year earn recognition on the ASUN Academic Roll for the fourth time in ten years in the ASUN. In total, the Spartans placed 64.23 percent of their student-athletes on the team.

"Each of these student-athletes have taken a different path leading up to graduation, but I am glad they are walking away with a meaningful degree and the preparedness to be successful in their careers," said Susan Kolb, Academic Advisor for Student Athletes. "I am very proud of these three student-athletes and I am excited to see where their future takes them."

Brown transferred to Upstate from nearby Spartanburg Methodist College and played two seasons on the women's soccer team. An interdisciplinary studies major, Brown turned in the best year of her career as a Spartan in 2017 playing in 17 games with 14 starts as a defender. A native of Boiling Springs, Brown dished out one assist this season at Jacksonville. Last season, Brown logged action in 11 games and registered eight starts.

Hudson is a native of St. Leonard, Md. and was on the women's soccer team from 2013-17. A graduate of USC Upstate's historic Mary Black School of Nursing, Hudson appeared in 58 career games for the Spartans and recorded 31 starts as a defender. She made seven starts in 2014 and a career-best 17 in 2015 before missing last year due to injury. This season, Hudson appeared in 14 games with seven starts.

After losing three of his closest friends in James Campbell, Mills Sproull and Josh Lee in a car accident back in 2015, Juell was lifted up and inspired by the #SpartanStrong movement around Spartanburg and now exits as a graduate from USC Upstate with a degree in business marketing. The Fort Mill, S.C. native played in a career-high 11 games this past season for the Spartans with three starts at the defender position. After missing all of 2015 with an injury, Juell played in five games last season. He scored one goal as a sophomore in the 2014 season opener against UNC Asheville.

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