Nov. 17, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State saw a school-record 11 football players earn first-team honors, while five others were named to the second team as the Big 12 Conference announced its 2011 Academic All-Big12 teams on Thursday.
The Wildcats broke the school record of 10 first-team selections by the 2000 team, while they totaled the second-most in school history to the 17 selected in 2000.
K-State, which led the Big 12 in both football and all-sport graduation rate for the past four seasons, tied for third in the league in number of first-team selections, including sophomore Zach Nemechek, who was one of six league players nominated with a 4.0 GPA. Nemechek, a life sciences major, was joined on the first team by 2011 First Team Academic All-District honorees Tysyn Hartman and Jordan Voelker. Hartman, a finance major and Campbell Trophy finalist, earned his fourth straight first-team designation, while Voelker, a marketing major, picked up his second first-team honor in as many years.
Joining Nemechek, Hartman and Voelker on the first team were senior Logan Dold (Criminology), sophomore Laton Dowling (Business Administration), senior Brian Hertzog (Agricultural Business), senior Alex Hrebec (Accounting), senior Payton Kirk (Secondary Education), junior Jared Loomis (Civil Engineering), freshman Curry Sexton (Business Administration) and junior Travis Tannahill (Secondary Education). Dold, Hrebec and Kirk each picked up their third career Academic All-Big 12 honor.
Second team selections included senior Cole Bachamp (Finance), senior Colten Freeze (Art), senior Zach Hanson (Sociology), junior Collin Klein (Finance) and freshman Jonathan Truman (Athletic Training). It was the third Academic All-Big 12 honor for Klein, while Freeze was selected for a second time.
Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services, the football academic all-league squad consisted of 86 first team members combined with 48 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.
Kansas State, ranked 13th in this week’s BCS standings, will travel to Austin, Texas, to take on 23rd-ranked Texas on Saturday. The game will kick off at 7 p.m., and will be televised nationally by FX.