Nov. 15, 2012
Austin -- The Big 12 Conference named its 2012 Academic All-Big 12 Football Team, and The University of Texas had 11 honorees overall, including seven on the first team.
The first-team selections included sophomore DS Nate Boyer, sophomore OT Josh Cochran, senior DE Michael Cruciani, senior WR Marquise Goodwin, senior RB Heath Hohmann, junior QB Case McCoy and junior OG/C Garrett Porter.
It marks the third straight year Goodwin and Porter have earned first-team honors, while McCoy did so for the second-straight year.
The second team included senior TE Jackson Crawley, senior WR Jaren Nickleson, sophomore WR/TE Miles Onyegbule and sophomore S Josh Turner.
Texas has led the conference in both total selections and first-team selections in five of the last seven years. In that span, the Longhorns have had 144 total honorees with 97 of those on the first team, both of which lead the Big 12. The next closest in both categories is Kansas with 105 total and 67 on the first team.
Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services, first-team members are those who have maintained a grade-point average of 3.20 or higher, and the second team consists of those who have a 3.00 to 3.19.
To qualify student-athletes must maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher either cumulative or for 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.