WT QB Dustin Vaughan honored

West Texas A&M football standout Dustin Vaughan and Texas Womanâ??s softball star Bailey Vrazel were selected as the 2013 Lone Star Conference Fred Jacoby Academic Athletes of the Year. The awards were announced Wednesday following a vote of the leagueâ??s sports information directors.

WTâ??s Vaughan and TWUâ??s Vrazel are only the sixth recipients of the award bearing the name of Jacoby, the long-time LSC commissioner who passed away in March 2008. The nominees included the Academic Player of the Year in each sport as selected during the year.

Vaughan earned the most votes for LSC top male academic athlete, followed by Texas A&M-Commerce basketball standout Andrew Davis, fellow Buff cross country and track & field star Dylan Doss, and Angelo State baseball standout Andrew LaCombe.

Vrazel claimed female academic athlete honors for the second straight year in front of Harding track & field standout Ewa Zaborowska, Incarnate Word basketball star Ify Mora and Abilene Christian tennis standout Micah Hermsdorf.

A junior biology/pre-medicine major from Corpus Christi, Texas, Vaughan had a record-setting season on and off the field in 2012. The quarterback guided the Buffs to the NCAA Division II Football semifinals for the first time in school history with a 12-3 record and threw for 4,712 yards, which is the third most in school history. His 45 TD passes were the second most in school history. A Harlon Hill Trophy finalist, Vaughan earned LSC Offensive Player of the Year, first-team All-LSC, LSC Academic Player of the Year and the prestigious Capital One/CoSIDA Academic Player of the Year honors.

A junior kinesiology major from Danbury, Texas, Vrazel helped the Pioneers to a program-record 51 wins and their first-ever trip to the NCAA Division II Softball National Championship. The shortstop earned Daktronics All-America and first-team All-LSC honors for the third straight season in addition to Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American recognition for the second time. The LSC Academic Player of the Year and The NCAA Elite 89 award recipient led the Pioneers in batting average (.398), runs (65), hits (94) and stolen bases (53).

LSC MALE ACADEMIC ATHLETE OF YEAR (Sport, Name, School, Points): Football, Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M, 17; Basketball, Andrew Davis, Texas A&M-Commerce, 15; Cross Country and Indoor Track & Field, Dylan Doss, West Texas A&M, 10; Baseball, Andrew LaCombe, Angelo State, 9; Golf, Trey Lawson, Cameron, 3; Outdoor Track & Field, Alex Kimp, Texas A&M-Commerce, 2; Soccer, Daniel Angloher, West Texas A&M, 2; Tennis, Nicolai Ferrigno, Cameron, 2; Golf, Austin Jordan, Incarnate Word, 0.

LSC FEMALE ACADEMIC ATHLETE OF YEAR (Sport, Name, School, Points): Softball, Bailey Vrazel, Texas Woman's, 21; Outdoor Track & Field and Indoor Track & Field, Ewa Zaborowska, Harding, 11; Basketball, Ify Mora, Incarnate Word, 11; Tennis, Micah Hermsdorf, Abilene Christian, 10; Golf, Sara Diaz, Texas A&M-Commerce, 5; Soccer, Brionna Minde, Texas A&M-Commerce, 4; Volleyball, Caley Johnson, Abilene Christian, 4; Cross Country, Cara Mack, Midwestern State, 0.

Fred Jacoby Academic Athletes of the Year

Year Male Female

2013 Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M (football) Bailey Vrazel, Texas Womanâ??s (softball)

2012 Zack Cohen, Angelo State (baseball) Bailey Vrazel, Texas Womanâ??s (softball)

2011 Kirk Jewasko, Incarnate Word (baseball) Lauren Thedford, West Texas A&M (volleyball)

2010 Brad Rutherford, Abilene Christian (baseball) Lauren Craig, Midwestern State (softball)

2009 Andrew Foshee, Central Oklahoma baseball) Emily Brister, West Texas A&M (basketball)

2008 Tyler Cooper, West Texas A&M (basketball) Emily Brister, West Texas A&M (basketball)

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