WVU Puts 12 on Big 12 All Academic Team

West Virginia placed 12 players on the 2012 Academic All-Big 12 Football Team. WVU tied for sixth in the league in total members of the team.

The Big 12 splits its Academic team into two squads. The first team consists of 82 members, who averaged a 3.20 or better GPA, while 49 student-athletes earned second team recognition, which requires a 3.0 GPA.

Kansas had the most members with 18, followed by Baylor (17), Iowa State (15), Oklahoma State (14), Oklahoma (13), WVU and Texas Tech (12), Texas (11), TCU (10) and Kansas State (7).

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.

WVU First Team Members

Connor Arlia, So. Athletic Coaching Education Weirton, W. Va.
Jeff Braun, Sr. Regents Bachelor of Arts Westminster, Md.
Nick Cadwell, Sr. Business Management Leesburg, Va.
Curtis Feigt, Jr. Psychology Mercerburg, Pa.
Troy Gloster, So. Economics Germantown, Md.
Nick Kindler, Jr. Legal Studies Camp Hill, Pa.
Mike Molinari, So. Exercise Physiology Parkersburg, W. Va.
Ryan Nehlen, Sr. Exercise Physiology Morgantown, W. Va.
Corey Smith, Sr. Sport Management Inwood, W. Va.

WVU Second Team Members

Paul Millard, So. Physical Education Teaching Flower Mound, Texas
Doug Rigg, Jr. Exercise Physiology Oradell, N.J.
Wes Tonkery, So. Industrial Engineering Shinnston, W. Va.

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