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Ten Buffs Pick Up All-Pac 12 Honors
Release: November 26, 2012
By: Ron Knabenbauer, Graduate Assistant SID
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference announced on Monday that 10 University of Colorado football players were honored with All-Conference accolades.

Junior offensive tackle David Bakhtiari was named to the second team offense while nine other Buffaloes picked up honorable mention awards.

The honorable mention list included four true freshmen: defensive backs Kenneth Crawley, Marques Mosley and Yuri Wright and running back Christian Powell.

Other Buffs on the honorable mention list included senior defensive lineman Will Pericak, senior tight end Nick Kasa, sophomore offensive linemen Daniel Munyer and Alex Lewis and sophomore punter Darragh O'Neill.

The All-Pac 12 teams are selected by the Pac-12 head coaches.

Also on Monday, Colorado was recognized as one of 47 schools in the nation to earn an honorable mention for the American Football Coaches Association Academic Award. Stanford and UCLA were the only other two Pac-12 schools that were were honored by the AFCA, with Stanford winning the award with Northwestern University.

In order to earn an honorable mention, a school had to graduate 75 percent or more of their football student-athletes based on the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) formula.

The GSR is based on a six-year graduation window for student-athletes which is a change from the five-year window used by the now disbanded College Football Association and AFCA. The GSR was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees. 

Under GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. These outgoing transfers are passed to the receiving institution's GSR cohort. By counting incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by more than 37 percent.

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