LUBBOCK, Texas – Mineral Wells graduate Troy Bradshaw’s season ended after back surgery at  Texas Tech, but the former Ram player is shining in the classroom after being named to the first-team 2019 Academic All-Big 12 football team

Texas Tech’s football program continued to excel in the classroom as it boasted 19 student-athletes that were recognized as members of the 2019 Academic All-Big 12 Football Team, the league office announced Tuesday.

The Red Raiders placed 15 student-athletes on the first team to mark its highest number of first-team honorees since 2001. Four more Red Raiders were placed on the second team.

 Texas Tech sophomore wide receiver Mark Richardson highlights the first-team selections as one of seven Big 12 student-athletes nominated with a 4.00 grade point average. He is the only member of the list that hails from a school in Texas.

Travis Bruffy and Jax Welch were named to the first team for a third-consecutive year, while Dawson Deaton, Eli Howard and Jack Anderson were recognized for a second-straight season. They were joined on the first team by a list of first-time honorees in Alan Bowman, Bradshaw, Adrian Frye, Ta'Zhawn Henry, Connor Killian, Thomas Leggett, Michael Nelson, Mark Richardson, Weston Wright and Quentin Yontz.

 First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, while second-team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or over the two previous semesters and must have participated in 20 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence.

Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

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