K-State Football leads Big 12 with 25 Academic All-Big 12 honorees


Take that, Texas.

For the second year in a row, K-State leads the Big 12 in total mentions on the Academic All-Big 12 list, with 25 this season. The Wildcats also had more first-team nods -- 18 -- than any other school in the conference, and also had three of the league's five players who registered 4.0 GPAs -- senior WR and ST captain Stanton Weber, defensive lineman Matt Seiwert, and kicker Dillon Wilsnn.

Joining those three on the first team were kickers Jack Cantele and Ian Patterson, long snapper Dalton Converse, LBs Colborn Couchman and Will Davis, FBs Winston Dimel and Glenn Gronkowski, OLs Luke Hayes, Matt Kleinsorge, and Cody Whitehair, QB Joe Hubener, WR Collin Sexton, TEs Cody Small and Dayton Valenitne, and DL Tanner Wood. Perhaps most notably, Cantele earned his honor while majoring in Civil Engineering.

The second team includes DB Nate Jackson, DL Jordan Kupersmith, LBs Elijah Lee and Sam Sizelove, OLs Dalton Risner and Boston Stiverson, and RB Dalvin Warmack.

K-State, under Snyder, has consistently performed well in Academic all-conference honors, but this year's performance was stellar. The Wildcats have averaged 18 members and 11 first-teamers during Snyder II, so this year's 25 and 18 are a notable achievement.