Nov. 21, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Led by seven first-team members, Kansas State saw 11 football players earn Academic All-Big 12 honors as the conference office announced its list of 138 recipients Thursday afternoon.
K-State's first-team members included Jack Cantele (civil engineering), Will Davis (accounting and finance), Glenn Gronkowski (marketing), Weston Hiebert (agricultural economics), Zach Nemechek (pre-dentistry), Curry Sexton (marketing) and Stanton Weber (accounting).
Gronkowski, Nemechek and Weber were each nominated with 4.0 GPAs, which were the most by any team in the Big 12, while Nemechek and Sexton each picked up their third consecutive first-team accolade.
Second-team members included Tyler Lockett (management), Cornelius Lucas (marketing), Carl Miles (social sciences) and Keenan Taylor (family studies and human services).
The 2013 accolades marked the fourth time in the last five seasons the Wildcats had at least 10 academic all-conference honors. Since head coach Bill Snyder's return in 2009, Kansas State has seen a considerable increase in Academic All-Big 12 honorees as the Wildcats have produced 59 accolades in the last five seasons, including 38 first-team honors.
Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services, the football academic all-league squad consisted of 83 first-team members combined with 55 on the second team. First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
The Wildcats take on No. 18 Oklahoma Saturday in the 2013 home finale at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The game, which is slated for an 11 a.m., kickoff, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports 1. Scattered singles and standing-room only tickets remain available and can be purchased online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS or in person at the K-State Athletics Ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum.