Rice junior running back Darik Dillard, who lead the Owls in rushing in 2015 in addition to setting an NCAA record for career combined touchdowns with his brother Jarett, is one of 11 players to be named to the 2015 Conference USA All-Academic Team, which was announced by the conference office on Thursday.
Dillard set career highs in carries (135) and yards (698) for the Owls on the field, while posting a 3.29 GPA in Mechanical Engineering. He scored six touchdowns this season to raise his career total to 22, which combined with the NCAA-record 60 touchdown receptions his older brother compiled from 2005-08 moved them past Jacquizz and James Rodgers as the most prolific set of brothers in NCAA history with 82 career touchdowns.
A two-time Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award and a three-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Dillard interned this summer with a NASA subcontractor preparing supplies for the International Space Station.
The all-academic team consists of student-athletes who have earned a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better and are a starter or key reserve for their team. The squad is selected by the league’s football media relations directors for football.