Cordell recognized by Board of Trustees

Posted on 10 February 2014 by

Tusculum College quarterback Bo Cordell, a 2013 graduate of the college, was recognized on Friday, February 7, by members of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees.

Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Tusculum Board and a 1970 alumnus of the college, presented Cordell with a signed resolution recognizing his accomplishments in the classroom, on the field and in the community during his time at Tusculum. Cordell is currently working on his MBA in the Tusculum College Graduate and Professional Studies program.

According to Bowman, Cordell, during his time at Tusculum College, distinguished himself athletically, academically and as a citizen in the community.

“Bo Cordell has been a record setter on the football field and has excelled in the classroom, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration in 2013 and currently working on his MBA,” said Bowman. “More than that, Bo has given back at a level not often seen, being recognized on a national level not only for his athletic success, but for his service to community.”

Cordell was named to the prestigious American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, one of only 22 collegiate football players in the nation to be recognized in 2013.  Off the field, Bo has been very active on campus and in the community. He volunteered with the Tusculum Mentors Program, Earth Day, Tusculum Lunch Buddies program, Boys and Girls Club Youth Football Clinic, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Adopt-a-Highway

program, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Cordell, the first quarterback in Tusculum College program history to earn the All-American distinction in two separate seasons, was recognized in 2013 and 2010 by and Don Hansen’s Football Gazette and was the 2013 Daktronics Region Two Player of the Year.

He finished fourth for the second time in the national voting for the Harlon Hill Trophy that honors the NCAA Division II National Player of the Year, and was a national finalist in 2010.

Cordell has had one of the most prolific careers ever by a collegiate signal caller in 2013, currently owning 15 NCAA Division II records, including career passing yards (16,265 – 4th all NCAA divisions), career completions (1,397 – 3rd all NCAA divisions), career pass attempts (2,187 – 3rd all NCAA divisions), career total offensive yards (16,432 – 4th all NCAA divisions) and total offensive plays in a career (2,572 – 2nd all NCAA divisions).

He was also named the 2013 South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the first Tusculum player to earn the honor multiple times in his career (2010 and 2013). He is one of only four players in league history to earn Offensive Player of the Year distinction on more than one occasion and was named a semifinalist for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy presented by the National Football Foundation.

While at Tusculum, Cordell participated in activities of the Tusculum College School of Business as a member of the Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, was named to the Tusculum College Dean’s List, and was a Capitol One Academic All-District Player. Bo also served as a representative with the Pioneer Student Athlete Advisory Council.

“While we, the Tusculum College Board of Trustees, recognize Bo Cordell’s successes at Tusculum College, we also extend a formal expression of appreciation along with best wishes to him in all future endeavors,” said Bowman.


Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman. Chair of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees, left, presented a resolution of appreciation to Bo A. Cordell, right, in recognition of his success as a student, athlete and citizen during his time at Tusculum College.

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