Patrick Lawrence is not only excelling on the football field for the Baylor Bears during his senior season. The 2014 Waxahachie graduate is also getting the job done in the classroom.
Lawrence, who majors in supply chain management and information systems, was named to the 2018 Academic All-Big 12 first team just before the Thanksgiving holiday.
It marked the third time Lawrence has found his name on the academic all-conference list. He previously received placement on the first team in 2017 and second team in 2016, while also being named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in fall 2014, spring 2017 and spring 2018.
A student-athlete must maintain an overall GPA of 3.20 or better to receive academic first-team placement.
On the field, Lawrence is a fifth-year senior offensive lineman and is tied for second on the team with 36 career starts — and all consecutively. He has started 22 of his last 23 games at right tackle. The lone variance was his first-career start at left guard and came against TCU in 2017.
Lawrence has also appeared in a team-high 49 games for bowl-bound (6-6, 4-5) Baylor, which became bowl-eligible with a 35-24 win over Texas Tech in Saturday's Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout at AT&T Stadium.
The Bears will learn which bowl they've been selected to play in on Sunday, Dec. 2
As for the classroom, Lawrence joined 13 teammates on the 2018 Academic All-Big 12 first team, which included Lawrence and five others Bears on the first team for a second-or-more time. In addition to the 13 Bears on the first team, Baylor also had nine others recognized for a program-record 22 student-athletes to receive 2018 Academic All-Conference selections.
Those Bears that landed on the first team were Lawrence, Marques Jones (second consecutive), Blake Blackmar (third consecutive), Kyle Boyd (second consecutive), Chad Kelly (second consecutive) and Chris Lutzel (third consecutive).
Jones was one of only 11 student-athletes in the conference to earn a 4.00 GPA
The first-time first-team selections for Baylor included Terrell Bernard, Zeke Brown, Koby Bullard, Tyler Henderson, Ryan Miller, Russell Morrison and Jalen Pitre.
There were also nine Bears that were named second-team honorees, having GPAs between 3.0 and 3.19.
Over the past two seasons, 41 Bears have earned Academic All-Conference honors, the best in program history for a two-year span.
In total, 287 Bears have earned Academic All-Big 12 selections since the league's inception in 1996. The Bears have placed at least five on the first team in each of the last 14 seasons.
To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 20 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence.
Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.