After winning the 2008 Southland Conference championship, the Texas State University football team had four players named to the Capital One/Southland Conference Football All-Academic Football Team that was announced by the Southland Conference. Travis Houston was automatically selected to the team after being listed among 43 winners of the 11th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team that was announced by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA). Joining him were junior quarterback Bradley George, senior fullback Blake Burton and junior cornerback Will Thompson.This marks the second time that Houston, George and Burton have been named to the All-Academic Team while Thompson was selected for the first time in his career.
In addition to being named to the All-Academic Team and FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team, Houston was named an All-Southland Conference Honorable Mention selection after recording 59 tackles, including 30 solo stops in his 13 starts for the Bobcats. Houston had 15 tackles for lost yardage and led the Bobcats with seven quarterback sacks. He also was credited with seven quarterback hurries, broke up two passes, forced two fumbles and recovered three fumbles in 2008. Houston has been named to the Dean’s list all four semester in his collegiate career, and received Texas State’s Oak Farms Dairy Academic Award winner in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In addition, Houston was a Texas State Cream of the Crop winner with a perfect 4.0 GPA in 2007, and named to the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2006 and 2007. He was to the 2007-08 Capital One/Southland Conference Football All-Academic Team and was a 2008 First-Team Arthur Ashe winner.
George also was an Honorable Mention All-Southland Conference selection after a record-setting season in which he became the first Texas State quarterback to throw for 2,000 yards in two consecutive seasons. He ranked 10th nationally in quarterback efficiency rating after completing 181 of his 301 passes (60.1 percent) for 2,660 yards and 26 touchdowns with just six interceptions. His 26 touchdown passes also set a new school record and he also tied a Texas State single game record when he completed 30 passes against McNeese State and set another Texas State single game record with 418 yards passing against Stephen F. Austin. George has received Texas State’s Oak Farms Dairy Academic Award in 2005, 2006 and2007. He also was a member of the Southland Conference Capital One Academic All-Conference First Team in 2006 and was named to the Capital One Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He also was named to the Dean’s List in 2005.
Burton was a First-Team All-Southland Conference selection as a fullback in 2008 after playing in 13 games and making seven starts for Texas State’s first outright conference championship team since 1983. He also was a preseason All-SLC First-Team selection after earning Honorable Mention honors as a junior and First-Team All-SLC honors as a sophomore. Used primarily as a blocking back throughout his career, Burton ran for 64 yards and a career-high four touchdowns on 25 carries in 2008. He also caught nine passes for 84 yards and another TD. Burton was named to the Dean’s list five times during his first three years at Texas State and named to the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll from 2004-07 and the Southland Conference All-Academic Team in 2006. He also received Texas State’s Oak Farm’s Dairy Academic award in 2004-08.
Thompson recorded 30 tackles, including 27 solo stops and five tackles for lost yardage. He was a member of the Capital One/Southland Conference Commissioner’s Fall Honor Roll and earned an Oak Farms Dairy Academic Award at Texas State in 2007 after transferring to Texas State from Blinn College after his freshman year. He ranked fifth among Texas State’s leaders in tackles with 45 in 2007.
The All-Academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance administrators 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.
Capital One supports the Southland Conference’s Academic Awards Program that includes the F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship, the All-Academic Teams, the Student-Athlete of the Year, the Scholar-Athlete Award and the Commissioner’s Honor Roll for each sport sponsored by the SLC.
by Rick Poulter
Texas State Athletics