FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas senior defensive end Jake Bequette has been named a second-team Capital One Academic All-American, as announced on Thursday afternoon by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
A native of Little Rock, Ark., Bequette graduated in three years with a 3.52 GPA and a degree in finance. A two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, Bequette is also currently pursuing a graduate degree in sports management and has a 3.33 GPA.
A first-team All-SEC selection by the league’s coaches, Bequette led the Razorback defense with eight sacks and ranked second in the SEC and seventh nationally with 0.89 sacks per game (8.0 in nine games this season). Bequette is second in the SEC and seventh in the country with 0.44 forced fumbles per game. A finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, Bequette also added four quarterback hurries, which is tied for third on the team. For his career, Bequette leads all active SEC players and ranks third on Arkansas’ all-time career sacks list with 21.5 sacks.
The 2011 season concludes Jan. 6 in the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic when the Razorbacks, who finished sixth in the BCS standings, take on Kansas State, which was eighth in the final BCS standings, inside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game will air on Fox beginning at 7 p.m.