Sexton Named Academic All-American

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- An All-Big 12 candidate at wide receiver and First Team Academic All-Big 12 performer, Kansas State senior Curry Sexton has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I football team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday.

One of 50 players nationally from the FBS and FCS levels, Sexton was named to the second team by earning a 3.45 GPA in marketing and management. He is the 27th player in school history to be named an Academic All-American and the first since defensive back Tysyn Hartman in 2011.

Sexton, who earned his first undergraduate degree from K-State in December 2013 and is currently working on a second degree, is a four-time First Team Academic All-Big 12 selection. He was part of a school-record breaking 29 academic all-conference honorees in 2014, including 20 first-team members, while he is one of three football representatives on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in which he has taken part in numerous community service events.

On the field, the Abilene, Kansas, product has exploded during his senior season by catching 67 passes for 940 yards and five touchdowns after entering the season with three-year career totals of 50 receptions for 564 yards and one score. He is currently tied for eighth in school history in single-season receptions and ranks ninth in receiving yards.

Sexton, who has caught a pass in each of the Wildcats' last 24 games, has teamed with fellow senior Tyler Lockett for 2,133 receiving yards in 2014, the most in school history by two receivers and second most nationally this season. The duo has combined for four of the school's 12 double 100-yard games, including three in 2014.

No. 9/9 Kansas State (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) faces its second top-10 matchup of the year as it travels to face No. 5/5 Baylor (10-1, 7-2 Big 12) on Saturday with the winner claiming at least a share of the Big 12 Championship. The game, which kick off at 6:45 p.m., at McLane Stadium, will be televised nationally on ESPN.