Miller currently has a 3.55 grade-point-average in Criminal Justice at Cumberland. He is a two-time Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athlete and was named a Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete in 2011. Student-athletes must be a junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.50 grade-point-average to be eligible for the award.
He was also named Academic All-District IV by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as a senior as well. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at his or her current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the teams games at the position listed on the nomination form.
Donnell set a national collegiate football record in 1936 with 1,500 rushing yards, a single-season record that stood until the 1960s. He graduated from Cumberland in 1936 and returned to teach English from 1960-62. The CU football stadium is named in his honor.
Past Lindsey Donnell Award Recipients1982 John Britt1983 Doug Taulbue1984 Stephanie "Nicky" Neal1985 John Hunn1986 John Hunn/Stephanie "Nicky" Neal1987 John Hunn1988 Jon Franklin1989 John White1990 Beverly Burton1991 Rebecca King1992 Diane Petzoldt1993 Ginger Carrigan/Lorie Hammock1994 Pat McEnroe1995 Jenny Rippetoe1996 Dana Leath1997 Jill Taylor Simmons1998 Tara Daniel1999 Joseph Atwood2000 Rita Maynard2001 Alice King2002 Carissa Chitwood2003 Michael Navratil2004 Amy Biddle2005 Jennifer Griffey Hayes2006 Jennifer Griffey Hayes2007 Kurt Braundmeier2008 Josh Beasley2009 Matt Eads2010 Susan Simpson2011 Josh Smith