K-State Places Two on Academic All-District Team

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State senior wide receiver Curry Sexton and sophomore fullback Glenn Gronkowski were named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District 7 first team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday.

It is the first designation for each player and the first by a Wildcat since Tysyn Hartman and Jordan Voelker were honored in 2011.

Sexton, who carries a 3.45 GPA in marketing and management, has had a breakout year by hauling in 49 receptions for 609 yards and three touchdowns, all career highs. He has topped the 100-yard barrier on three occasions this season, including a career-best 159-yard effort last week against Oklahoma State. He also carded 11 receptions against Auburn, which ranked as the 11th-most in school history.

A product of Abilene, Kansas, Sexton has made a catch in each of the last 21 games, while he became the 28th player in school history to record 1,000 career receiving yards, eclipsing the mark against Texas. He is a three-time First Team Academic All-Big 12 honoree.

Gronkowski, a marketing major who holds a 3.77 GPA, has been used mainly as a blocking fullback but has also been a receiving threat out of the backfield for a second-straight year. He has four receptions this season for 92 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown to help K-State win at then-No. 11 Oklahoma last month. A product of Amherst, New York, Gronkowski holds a 31.8-yard average on nine career catches, while three of his four career touchdowns have gone for 50 or more yards. He was a First Team Academic All-Big 12 performer a year ago.

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

Seventh-ranked Kansas State (7-1, 5-0) heads to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on No. 6 TCU (7-1, 5-1) in a nationally-televised matchup on FOX. Kickoff from Amon G. Carter Stadium is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.