Football boasts record 19 first team Academic All-Big 12 honorees

IRVING, Texas – The Texas Tech football team boasted a program-best 19 first team Academic All-Big 12 Football Team honorees, since joining the conference in 1996, the league announced on Thursday. Its previous high came in 1999, totaling 17 that season.

In total, 30 Red Raiders were recognized between the first and second teams, also a program high as a Big 12 member. Besting the mark of 26 set in 2000.

Topping the list as first team selections were junior linebacker Patrick Curley and senior offensive lineman Dawson Deaton, who each were honorees with 4.00-grade point averages. The Red Raider duo was on an exclusive list that consisted of just 11 total 4.0 GPA’s of the 222 first team honorees in the 2021 all-academic class.

First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, while second-team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or over the two previous semesters, and must have participated in 20 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.

A total of 311 earned 2021 Academic All-Big 12 Football Team status in the league. Of the honorees, 222 were first-team members while 89 comprised the second team. To read more from the Big 12 regarding the All-Big 12 Football Team, visit

Name, Class, Major
Cole Boyd, So. Finance
Tahj Brooks, So. Sport Management
Josh Burger, Sr. Interdisciplinary Studies
Ethan Carde, Jr. Sport Management
Patrick Curley, * Jr. Mechanical Engineering
Dawson Deaton, * Sr. Interdisciplinary Studies
Devin Drew, Sr. Business Management
Loic Fouonji , So. Foundation Engineering
Ethan Frasier, So. Energy Commerce
Jaylon Hutchings, Jr. Kinesiology
McLane Mannix, Sr. University Studies
Tyrique Matthews, Jr. Pre-Engineering
Austin McNamara, Jr. Sports Management
L.B. Moore, RFr. Explore Business
Jacob Morgenstern, Sr. Interdisciplinary Studies
Colin Schooler, Sr. Interdisciplinary Studies
Donovan Smith, RFr. University Studies
Troy Te’o, Sr. General Studies
Cameron Watts, University Studies

SECOND TEAM (3.00-3.19 GPA)
Name, Class Major
Philip Blidi, So. Business & Industry
Brandon Bouyer-Randle, Sr. Business Administration
Aaron Castro, So. Economics
Seth Collins, Sr. Interdisciplinary Studies
Jonathan Garibay, Sr. University Studies
Derrick Lewis II, RFr. Economics
Myles Price, So. Explore STEM
Bryce Ramirez, So. Information Tech
Caleb Rogers, So. Mathematics
J.J. Sparkman, RFr. General Studies
Weston Wright, Jr. General Studies


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