K-State Leads League in Academic All-Big 12 Honors for Third-Straight Year

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Boasting 29 total honorees – including 18 on the first team – the Kansas State football team led the league in Academic All-Big 12 honors for a third-straight year as the conference office announced its list of 157 recipients on Thursday.

The 2016 Wildcats tied the 2014 squad with the most honorees in school history – a mark that is tied for sixth in Big 12 history – while the 18 first-team members were two shy of the school record. Since head coach Bill Snyder’s return to the sidelines in 2009, the Wildcats have totaled 144 Academic All-Big 12 recipients (18 per year), including 104 on the first team (13 per year).

Headlining this year’s list were two players that were nominated with 4.0 GPAs in wide receiver Zach Reuter (biochemistry) and defensive tackle Matt Seiwert (agribusiness), giving K-State the most players nominated with perfect GPAs this season. Seiwert, who earned first-team honors last year, is one of six Wildcats repeating as first-team honorees, joining linebacker Will Davis (2013-15; masters of accounting), place kicker Ian Patterson (2014-15; food science & industry), linebacker Trent Tanking (2014; mathematics/industrial engineering), tight end Dayton Valentine (2015; kinesiology) and defensive end Tanner Wood (2014-15; animal sciences & industry).

Other Wildcats earning first-team accolades this year include Dante Barnett (masters in counseling & student development), Brogan Barry (biology/pre-med), Deante Burton (mass communications), Scott Frantz (secondary education), Blaise Gammon (business), Nate Guidry Jr. (mass communications), Colby Moore (mass communications), Cameron Morgan (finance), Lucas Munds (management), Logan O'Dea (chemical engineering) and Dalton Risner (communication studies).

K-State’s second-team members were comprised of Alex Barnes (kinesiology), Colborn Couchman (finance), Winston Dimel (management), Denzel Goolsby (business), Joe Hubener (masters in educational leadership), Chase Johnston (kinesiology), Jayd Kirby (sociology/criminology), Jason Lierz (marketing), Mitch Lochbihler (construction science & management), Drew Scott (entrepreneurship) and Steven West (MBA).

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services, the 2016 football academic all-league squad is comprised of 91 first-team members combined with 66 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.

K-State travels to take on Baylor this Saturday at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m., and the game will be shown to a national audience on ESPN2.

The Dillons Sunflower Showdown against in-state rival Kansas, a game that is also K-State’s Senior Day, is also scheduled for 11 a.m., on Saturday, November 26, and will be aired nationally on FS1. Fewer than 60 adjacent seats remain for the game against the Jayhawks, and those tickets can be purchase online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS or at the ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum.

K-State's Academic All-Big 12 Honorees
* Denotes Nominated with a 4.0 GPA

First Team (18)
Second Team (11)
Dante Barnett (masters in counseling & student development)
Alex Barnes (kinesiology)
Brogan Barry (biology/pre-med)
Colborn Couchman (finance)
Deante Burton (mass communications)
Winston Dimel (management)
Will Davis (masters of accounting)
Denzel Gooslby (business)
Scott Frantz (secondary education)
Joe Hubener (masters in educational leadership)
Blaise Gammon (business)
Chase Johnston (kinesiology)
Nate Guidry (mass communications)
Jayd Kirby (sociology/criminology)
Colby Moore (mass communications)
Jason Lierz (marketing)
Cameron Morgan (finance)
Mitch Lochbihler (construction science & management)
Lucas Munds (management)
Drew Scott (entrepreneurship)
Logan O'Dea (chemical engineering)
Steven West (MBA)

Ian Patterson (food science & industry)
Zach Reuter* (biochemistry)

Dalton Risner (communication studeies)
Matt Seiwert* (agribusiness)

Trent Tanking (mathematics/industrial engineering)
Dayton Valentine (kinesiology)

Tanner Wood (animal sciences & industry)