Three Bearkats Named Football Academic All-Southland Conference

T. J. Jones, Joey White and Keshawn Hill of Sam Houston State have been named to the 2012 Academic All-Southland Conference football team.

Jones, a senior tight end from Tyler Lee High School, holds a 3.50 grade point average as a graduate student in health. Jones is a four-year letter winner who earned All-Southland Conference honors this year.

White, a sophomore from Wimberly, is a physics major with a 3.68 overall grade point average. He was a starter in the Bearkats’ offensive line all season for the league’s top scoring offense, a unit that rolled up 600 points this season.

Hill, a sophomore from Klein, is a general studies major with a 3.58 grade point to his credit. The sophomore rushed for 530 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State senior kicker John Shaughnessy was named the Southland Conference Football Student-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Tuesday in conjunction with the release of the all-academic football team.

Seven Southland universities are represented on the Academic All-Southland squad. Jones is one of six players on the squad who was both a first-team All-Southland Conference and was named to the NCAA Division Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team, which was announced last week before the national championship game.

The Academic All-Southland Conference team is voted upon by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic advisors from each Southland Conference university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.

2012 Academic All-Southland Conference Football Team

Pos. Name University Class GPA Major
QB Landry Klann Nicholls State Jr. 3.53 Education
WR Josh Hanberry Nicholls State So. 3.91 Business/Law
WR Aaron Thomas Stephen F. Austin So. 3.70 Business Economics
RB Brant Legendre Northwestern St Jr. 3.36 Biology
RB Keshawn Hill Sam Houston State So. 3.53 General Studies
TE TJ Jones Sam Houston State Gr. 3.50 Health
OL Arinze Agada McNeese State Jr. 3.17 Mechanical Engineering
OL Alec Savoie McNeese State Sr. 3.10 Government
OL Gerald Gruenig Nicholls State Sr. 3.22 Mass Communications
OL Joey White Sam Houston State So. 3.68 Physics
OL Ryne Chambers Stephen F. Austin Jr. 3.59 Kinesiology
K John Shaughnessy Northwestern State Sr. 3.69 Biology/Pre-Med

Pos. Name University Class GPA Major
DL Jonathan Woodard Central Arkansas So. 3.00 Genral Studies
DL Matt Hornbuckle Central Arkansas Jr. 3.10 Management
DL Logan Moss Lamar So. 3.71 Nursing
DL Eric LeBlanc McNeese State Sr. 3.70 Health Education
DL Wade Williams Northwestern State Gr. 3.67 Psychology
LB Seth Allison Central Arkansas Gr. 3.83 Master of Business Administration
LB Kerry Guidry Nicholls State Sr. 3.39 Allied Health
DB Jordan Hanberry Nicholls State Jr. 4.00 Biology/Pre-Med
DB Chase Collins Northwestern State So. 3.10 Biology
DB Wilbur Myers Northwestern State So. 3.36 Psychology
P Kollin Kahler Lamar Jr. 3.90 Exercise Science

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