Dec. 6, 2012
TOWSON, Md. - Louisiana Tech graduate student Ray Holley was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team Thursday as selected by the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I football team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Holley joins Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead as the two running backs named to the first team. A graduate student pursuing a degree in Counseling, he has a 3.50 G.P.A. A second team All-Western Athletic Conference selection, he rushed for 740 yards on 142 carries and scored seven touchdowns for Tech, which finished the season with a 9-3 record. A native of Orange, Calif., Holley helped Tech lead the nation in scoring, averaging 51.3 points per game.
Holley is only the second football player in school history to be named Academic All-American and the first to be named to the first team. John Ward, a defensive lineman, was named to the second team in 1979.
The running back is only the fourth Tech student-athlete to receive Academic All-America First Team honors, joining women’s basketball’s Kim Mulkey (1983, 1984) and softball’s Paige England (1999). Overall, Holley becomes the school’s 15th Academic All-American.
Following the fall quarter, Louisiana Tech was second in the nation with 13 football student-athletes already having obtained their undergraduate degree including Holley. The only University having reached Tier One status in north Louisiana, the Bulldog football program was second in the state in Graduation Success Rate (GSR) with a rate of 75 percent.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.
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