Oklahoma State’s running back succeeds not only on the field but in the classroom, too.
Justice Hill was awarded the Big 12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, the Big 12 Conference announced Tuesday. It is the first time a Cowboy has won the award, which was created in 2012-13. The league’s coaches vote on the winner.
Scholar-Athlete of the Year nominees must be a junior or senior (athletic and academic standing), have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher, participate in at least 20 percent of the team’s scheduled contests and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution.
Hill sports a 3.64 GPA, and he was also an Academic All-American and first-team Academic All-Big 12 team selection this season. He garnered first-team All-Big 12 status on the field, though he played in only 10 games. Hill tallied 930 rushing yards on 158 carries with nine touchdowns.
The junior from Tulsa declared for the NFL Draft last week, forgoing his senior season.
The Big 12 Conference gives a Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in each conference-sponsored sport. Every Big 12 institution nominates one individual per sport with the winners selected by a vote of the league head coaches for that sport, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.
The Cowboys (6-6 overall) return to the field Dec. 31. They will face Missouri at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, with kickoff set for 2:45 p.m.