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Houston named to national academic team

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Texas State senior defensive end Travis Houston was one of four Southland Conference players named a 2009 Academic All-Star by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA). 
 
Each of the Academic All-stars much has a minimum of a 3.2 cumulative grade point average (GPA), a key or starting member of their team and completed four semesters at their institution.
 
Houston started all 11 games and served as a team captain for Texas State’s team that finished second in the Southland Conference with a 7-4 overall record. The Bobcats also ended the regular season ranked 25th by The Sports Network. 
 
Houston has a 3.65 cumulative GPA with a double major in accounting and computer information systems at Texas State. He ranked fourth on the team with 53 total tackles and ranked 15th in the Southland with 8.5 tackles for losses of 20 yards.
 
This marks the second straight season Houston has been named an Academic All-Star by the FCS ADA. Houston will automatically be selected to the Southland Conference All-Academic Team for the third straight year and to the SLC Commissioner’s Honor Roll four times. He also received Texas State’s Oak Farms Dairy Academic Award in the last three years and was a “Cream of the Crop” recipient in 2007. 
 
Earlier this year, Houston was named a semifinalist for the 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy (formerly known as the Draddy Trophy).
 
The other three Southland Conference players named Academic All-Star was Sam Houston State offensive lineman Jordan Bowersox, Northwestern State tight end Justin Aldredge and Stephen F. Austin defensive end Tim Knicky.