Nov. 4, 2010
WACO, Texas - A trio of Baylor football student-athletes earned ESPN Academic All-District VI honors, as announced by College Sports Information Directors of America Thursday. It marks the second consecutive season the Bears have had three players honored.
Senior punter Derek Epperson, junior running back Terrance Ganaway and sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III all earned first-team honors, making them eligible for the Academic All-America teams that will be announced later this month.
Epperson, a native of Southlake, Texas, graduated in August with a double major in management/MIS. He was also a first-team selection in 2009, joining Daniel Sepulveda and Joe Pawelek as the only Baylor players to earn first-team honors multiple times since 2004.
Epperson ranks second in the Big 12 and ninth nationally with a 45.6-yards-per-punt average. His career punting average of 43.0 ranks third in program history and he's second all-time at Baylor with 48 career punts of 50 or more yards. Epperson earned Big 12 Special Teams Football Player of the Week honors after punting four times for a 56.8-yard average in Baylor's win at Texas on Saturday.
Ganaway, a general studies major from DeKalb, Texas, is on track to graduate in December. He ranks third on the team with 217 rushing yards, and his 6.0-yards-per-carry average is second among backs with at least 20 carries. Ganaway was named national kickoff return performer of the week after picking up a failed onside kick and returning it 38 yards for a touchdown against Texas Tech on Oct. 9.
Griffin III, a sophomore political science major, is scheduled to graduate in December, just three years after graduating high school a semester early and enrolling at Baylor. RG3 leads the Big 12 in total offense (2,993), passing yards (2,592) and points responsible for (164). His 159.77 pass efficiency rating is second in the Big 12 and 15th nationally.
RG3 has continued to etch his name into the Baylor record books during his third season in Waco. He became the Bears' career leader in touchdown passes with his 39th in Saturday's win at Texas, and he currently stands as the record holder for career completion percentage, touchdown-to-interception ratio, interception percentage and passing efficiency.
No. 22/22 Baylor (7-2, 4-1 Big 12) returns to action with its final regular season road game at No. 19/18 Oklahoma State at 11:40 a.m. Saturday. The Bears then return home for their final two games, hosting Texas A&M at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13 and closing out the season against No. 9/11 Oklahoma on Nov. 20 at a time to be determined. For tickets, call the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at (254) 710-1000 or order online at BaylorBears.com.