Keith Loneker Jr., headlines for Kansas as 13 Jayhawks pick up Academic All-Big 12 honors
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Highlighted by eight first team honorees, including senior linebacker Keith Loneker Jr., who earned his third-straight selection to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team – Kansas football notched 13 student-athletes on Academic All-Big 12 Teams the league office announced Thursday.
Loneker, a native of Lawrence, Kansas, was among eight Jayhawks named to the First Team of student-athletes with a 3.20-plus GPA. Other first team members were Jeremiah Booker, Joe Dineen Jr., Clyde McCauley III, Kameron McQueen, Reese Randall, Bryce Torneden and John Wirtel. Booker and Torneden each picked up the honor for the second-consecutive season, while Wirtel was honored for the fourth-straight season, having earned three-straight second-team awards, before getting a first team nod in 2018.
KU’s five second team selections were Hakeem Adeniji, Chris Hughes, Zach Nachbar, Ryan Schadler and Kyle Thompson.
Nominated by each institution’s director 128 first-team members combined with 64 on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have 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. True 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.
UP NEXT: Kansas is set to travel to No. 6/6 Oklahoma for a 6:30 p.m., contest on Saturday, Nov. 17. The game will be broadcast live on FOX.