Ilitch School supply chain graduate receives GLIAC post-graduate scholarship

Wayne State University distance runner Teresa Diehl and football offensive lineman and global supply chain management graduate Lane Potter have been named the recipients of the 2020-21 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Pat Riepma Postgraduate Scholarship. The honor, which awards each recipient (one male and one female) $5,000 in aid to the graduate school of their choice, was voted on by the Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs) of the GLIAC member institutions.

“Those are three names that are associated with excellence – Teresa, Lane and Pat,” remarked WSU Director of Athletics Rob Fournier. “In the case of Teresa and Lane, they have regularly been recognized at our annual academic events and programs for their scholarship and successes which will continue in graduate school with this special achievement. And Pat Riepma, whom I considered a very dear friend and was so impactful in the lives of countless students, I know would be proud to be associated with two fine examples of what he inspired, advanced, and championed in young people to make a difference, and they will. They too represent the best of a great conference and its student-athletes.”

Potter has started all 33 games (11 at right tackle in 2017; 11 at right guard in 2018, 11 at left guard in 2019) in his collegiate career and earned a bachelor’s in global supply chain management from the Mike Ilitch School of Business in December 2020 (three-and-a-half years). He has been named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (term GPA of 3.5+) all seven previous semesters, including one 4.0 term. Potter, who is a member of the WSU Student-Athlete Leadership Council, was WSU’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award winner in 2017.

In 2018, he received GLIAC All-Academic Excellence recognition and was a CoSIDA Academic All-District nominee for the first of two consecutive seasons. Potter has also been a recipient of the NCAA Division 2 ADA Academic Achievement Award each of the last two years. A 2019 All-GLIAC Second Team honoree, he helped WSU rank second in the GLIAC in rushing yards per game (207.9), rushing TD (22), fewest sacks allowed per game (1.18) and time of possession (32:40).

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