Marshall Gei Named to 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America Team

The fifth-year senior is a graduate student in medical physics and radiation science, becomes just fourth UK player to be honored

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Kentucky senior Marshall Gei has been named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America Team, it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday. Gei is just the fourth player in school history to receive the honor, joining Collin Cowgill (2006 and 2008), Austin Cousino (2014) and Dustin Beggs (2016).

The honor recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America® program separately recognizes baseball honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

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Gei, a fifth-year catcher from Mount Juliet, Tennessee, maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average during his undergraduate career, earning a degree in medical physics. He currently is working toward his graduate degree in medical physics with an emphasis on radiation science. As part of his curriculum he spends time at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center working with patients.

A former bullpen catcher, Gei worked his way into playing time and has appeared in 32 games this season with 27 starts behind the plate. He also has been honored as the UK Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and an inductee into the prestigious Frank G. Ham Society of Character. He’s a four-time Southeastern Conference Honor Roll member and two-time recipient of the Arthur Ashe academic honors.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com