Nick Florence (Baylor), Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma) and Cody Davis (Texas Tech) have earned first team Capital One Academic All-America honors as selected by CoSIDA.
Florence garnered first team accolades at quarterback, while Ikard and Davis were named first team selections at offensive line and defensive back, respectively.
An economics major with a 3.79 G.P.A., Florence is a first-semester member of graduate school. The Garland, Texas-native led the Bears to a 7-5 record and a berth in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl where they will face UCLA. Florence leads the NCAA with 387.7 yards of total offense per game. He has completed 276 of 451 passes for 4,121 yards and 31 touchdowns. Florence was also named the Big 12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as voted on by the league's coaches.
Ikard has played an integral role for an Oklahoma squad that captured a share of its eighth Big 12 championship and an offense that ranks fifth in the nation in passing offense (341.3 yards per game) and 10th in total offense (505.9 ypg). The junior earned second-team honors last season, becoming the first Oklahoma player to earn Academic All-America recognition in consecutive seasons since Ron Shotts in 1966-67.
Davis is currently pursuing a master's degree in Management Information Systems after earning his bachelor's degree, with honors, in M.I.S. and posting an impressive 3.7 grade point average. He currently maintains a 4.0 GPA in the graduate school and will complete his postgraduate degree in 2013. The senior compiled over 350 career tackles during his four-year career and logged more solo tackles than any Tech player over the last decade.
The 24 members of the Capital One Division I Academic All-America Football First Team combined for a 3.715 G.P.A. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.