KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Texas’ Nate Boyer was voted to the Capital One Academic All-District VII Football TeamThursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Boyer, the team’s No. 1 deep snapper, advances to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team honorees will be selected later this month.
To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete must maintain a grade point average of 3.3 or better and have completed at least one year of school.
Boyer graduated from Texas in May with a bachelor’s degree sport management after carrying a cumulative GPA of 3.86. He is in his first semester in the graduate advertising program.
Boyer is a fourth-year player who earned a scholarship before both the 2012 and 2013 seasons after joining the team as a walk-on in 2010.
Boyer has taken on added responsibility this season, serving as the snapper on punts, as well as field goals and point after attempts. He has played in 21 career games, including the final 12 in 2012 on the FG/PAT unit.
A native of Dublin, Calif., Boyer was the recipient of the 2012 Disney Spirit Award and named the 2012-13 Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year.
In 2012-13, he was named first-team Academic All-Big 12, as well as being a member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll and the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
But it's Boyer's experiences and service outside of football that makes him stand out even more.
Before coming to Texas, Boyer served in the Green Beret Special Forces unit of the United States Military and earned a Bronze Star. He also spent time working with autistic children and traveled to the Darfur region of Africa to assist area refugees prior to joining the military
While deployed in Iraq in the fall of 2008 he would watch the Longhorns play football on television, which influenced him to attend the University of Texas and try to walk on to the football team.
During the summers, Boyer makes himself available for service with the National Guard.
Boyer has earned a number of accolades, including being named to the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Veterans Committee in Oct. 2012 by UT President Bill Powers.
The Disney Spirit Award, which he won in Dec. 2012, is given annually by Disney Sports to college football's most inspirational figure.
Sam Acho (2010) was the last Longhorn football player to earn Academic All-America honors.
James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.
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