Former Enterprise football star Maurice Hicks has received many athletic accolades but he also is known for his proficiency in the classroom and was named to the fall 2019 President’s and Dean’s List at Kentucky’s Univeristy of the Cumberlands recently.
After a stellar football career at Enterprise High School, Hicks signed a scholarship offer with Cumberlands last year. To be named to the Dean’s List one has to hold a grade point average of at least 3.5 and to be named to the President’s List a student has to maintain a cumulative GPA of 4.0.
“It meant a lot to me,” Hicks said of the academic honors. “Going into college I was more motivated than ever to be successful. Playing college football is even more of a motivation.
“It’s good to see my football career flourish but it’s even better to see my GPA and test scores come back and be able to show that to my family back home.”
Hicks said that he wants other athletes and students at EHS to know that the hard work that sometimes seems thankless can pay off big in the future.
“I would tell kids at EHS to keep going,” Hicks said. “Waking up at 6 a.m. to go to school is hard but once you get past that aspect and look at school as a way to make a life in the future then it’s easier to do the things you need to do, like doing homework and studying.”
While Hicks has found plenty of success in the classroom, he hopes to transfer that success to the football field now, too. He took a redshirt for his freshman season but as 2019 came to a close, Hicks decided to make a move. He transferred back in state to continue his football and academic career at the University of North Alabama in Florence.
“I decided to transfer to UNA due to (Cumberlands) being so far from home,” he said. “My family was a big reason I tried so hard in the classroom. Now I can be closer to them.”
UNA is a proud FCS football program with 17 conference titles and three national titles in the school’s history. While Hicks wants to succeed on the football field at UNA, his top priority is getting his degree in Criminal Justice.
“My goals here at UNA are no different than they were at (Cumberlands), which is to keep pushing to get my degree,” Hicks continued. “I want to have a backup plan if football doesn’t work out. I’m working in the classroom so that when the opportunity presents itself, my grades won’t hold me back either.”