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Oklahoma State football notebook: Caleb Lavey earns academic honor

By Gina Mizell Published: December 5, 2013

Oklahoma State linebacker Caleb Lavey is already a contender for the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award.

He's excelling in the classroom, too.

Lavey on Thursday earned Capital One second-team Academic All-America honors, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Lavey has already earned his undergraduate degree in finance and is working toward his MBA. He has been an Academic All-Big 12 selection the past three seasons.

Requirements for Academic All-America consideration include being a starter or key reserve, maintaining a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, reaching sophomore athletic and academic standing and being nominated by the school's sports information director.

Lavey leads the Cowboys in tackles (82) and tackles for loss (12) so far this season and has also picked up four interceptions, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.

SPENCER PART OF BIG RIVALRIES

Cowboy defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer was part of a big-time college football rivalry long before coming to OSU, as he played in the annual Georgia-Georgia Tech game as a defensive tackle for the Yellow Jackets in the 1980s.

What can he recall from those games? Beating Georgia in Athens as a junior in 1984, then winning again in Atlanta the next year as a senior.

“Good memories,” Spencer said. “Those stick with you.”

So while Spencer stressed that nothing changes this week in regards to preparation for Bedlam, he understands those rivalry games provide a little something extra.

“As a player, it feels different,” he said. “You always talk about, ‘What's your edge?' Trying to keep an edge for the game, trying to keep an edge to practice that week. With rivalry games, it's really (easy), because of the fan bases that come into play and what (players are) hearing, especially now with social media every day through their Twitters and through the media.

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