Nov. 5, 2009
WACO, Texas — Three Baylor football student-athletes earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI honors, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday. Punter Derek Epperson, defensive lineman Jason Lamb and linebacker Joe Pawelek each earned first-team honors and, therefore, are eligible for Academic All-America honors to be announced later this month.
Pawelek, a senior finance and economics major from San Antonio, Texas, earned first-team honors for the third consecutive year. He was a second-team Academic All-America selection last season. Pawelek ranks second in the Big 12 and tied for 32nd nationally with 9.4 tackles per game this season. He leads all active FBS players with 388 career tackles, second all-time at Baylor behind only Mike Singletary and 24th in NCAA history. Pawelek also leads all active linebackers with nine career interceptions.
Epperson, a junior management/MIS major from Southlake, Texas, earned Academic All-District honors for the first time. He was a first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection last season. Epperson ranks second in the Big 12 and seventh nationally with a 45.2-yard punting average. He was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award last season and is again a candidate for the award this year. Epperson’s career punting average (42.2 ypp) ranks 10th among active FBS players and would rank fourth in Baylor history.
Lamb, a senior management and human resource management major from Richardson, Texas, also is a first-time honoree after earning first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors last season. He has 24 tackles this season and leads the Bears with 5.0 tackles for loss, including two sacks. Lamb, who sees time both at end and tackle, has two quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and one interception, which he returned 25 yards for his first career touchdown. He also has blocked two kicks this season and three in his career.
Baylor returns to action Saturday, traveling to Columbia, Mo., for a Big 12 inter-division game against Missouri. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST at Memorial Stadium-Faurot Field on the Missouri campus.