Cantele, Gronkowski Earn Academic All-District Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior place kicker Jack Cantele and junior fullback Glenn Gronkowski were named to the 2015 Academic All-District 7 first team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday.

It marks the second-straight season Gronkowski has been honored, while it is the first time for Cantele. K-State has now had four Academic All-District 7 honors over the last two seasons as Gronkowski and former wide receiver Curry Sexton were selected last year.

Cantele, who carries a 3.53 GPA in civil engineering and business, has made 9-of-11 field goals and all 15 extra-point attempts this season. He leads the Big 12 in field goals per game at 1.50, which is buoyed by a 4-for-4 effort against Louisiana Tech. Of his four field goals against the Bulldogs, Cantele nailed a pressure-packed 44-yarder – a new career long – to send the game into a third overtime in which the Wildcats eventually won. For his effort in that contest, Cantele earned Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors as well as being named a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week.

In his career, Cantele has made 25-of-33 field goals and 66-of-68 extra points. He ranks ninth in school history in extra points made and 10th in field goals made.

Gronkowski, a marketing major who holds a 3.80 GPA, has started all seven games for the Wildcats in 2015, hauling in three passes for 29 yards and one touchdown, and rushing seven times for another 29 yards. A two-time First Team Academic All-Big 12 honoree, Gronkowski has averaged 24.8 yards on 13 career catches, the highest average in school history among players with 13 or more catches. Additionally, he has five career touchdown receptions on those 13 catches, the highest touchdown percentage in school history among players with five or more receiving touchdowns.

For being named first-team honorees, both Cantele and Gronkowski advance to the Academic All-America Team ballot where first-, second- and third-team honorees will be selected later this month.

Kansas State hosts second-ranked Baylor on Thursday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The game, which will be televised by FS1, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. A limited number of scattered singles remain for the game along with standing-room only tickets. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS or by visiting the ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum.