Nov. 24, 2009
TOWSON, Md. - Baylor linebacker Joe Pawelek earned second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors for the second consecutive year, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Tuesday. Pawelek becomes the sixth two-time academic All-American in Baylor football history.
A product of Smithson Valley [Texas] High School, Pawelek joins Daniel Sepulveda (2005, 2006), Don Trull (1962, 1963), Mike Welch (1989, 1990), Matt Clark (1986, 1987) and J.J. Joe (1991, 1992, 1993) as multiple-year winners from Baylor.
A returning, preseason and mid-season All-American, Pawelek is the nation's leading active career tackler with 410 stops heading into his final career game Saturday. His 410 career tackles rank 20th all-time in tackles since the NCAA began tracking the stat in 2000.
The 6-2, 240-pound senior has made 97 tackles this season and with a start Saturday will tie school record with 45 career starts. Pawelek also leads all active linebackers with nine career interceptions.
A double-major in finance and economics, Pawelek carries a 3.71 GPA. A student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and participate in at least 60 percent of his team's games in order to be eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. The Academic All-America teams are chosen from the student-athletes who earn first-team Academic All-District honors.
Pawelek was one of four Big 12 student-athletes to earn football Academic All-America honors. Sam Acho (DL, Texas) and Adam Ulatoski (OL, Texas) were first-team selections and Jeron Mastrud (TE, Kansas State) joined Pawelek on the second team.
Baylor concludes its 2009 season when it hosts Texas Tech Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout at Cowboys Stadium. Kickoff between the Bears and Red Raiders is scheduled for 5 p.m. CST and the game will be televised nationally on FSN.