Rice Football led the way with three honorees on the 15-man 2014 C-USA All-Academic Football Team which was announced by the conference office on Thursday.
Rice juniors James Farrimond and Brian Nordstrom and graduate student James Hairston were selected in voting conducted by the league's sports information directors. The three selections were the most for the Owls since they placed three in both 2009 and 2010.
Farrimond, who has handled the Owls punting chores for the past two years and is ranked fifth in C-USA this year with a 42. 2 average carries a 3.64 GPA with a double major in Economics and Sport Management. He also took over as the Owls placekicker during the middle portion of the 2014 season, converting 8/11 field goals and converting all 25 PATs. He ranks second on the team in scoring with 49 points.
Nordstrom, who was named a member of the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I football team earlier on Thursday, carries a 3.63 GPA in Civil Engineering. He leads the Owls and is tied for 10th nationally with 18.5 tackles for loss, which ranks second in school history behind Brandon Green (21 in 2001). He has 7.5 sacks this season, which matches the sixth-best total in school history.
He has 43 tackles this year, with nearly half of them resulting in yardage lost. His top individual game came in a 17-7 Homecoming win over UTSA when he was credited with a career-high six tackles, including 2.5 sacks and forced fumble.
Hairston, who is pursuing a Masters in Statistics after transferring to Rice from LSU this summer, has posted a 4.0 GPA in his coursework. He has handled kickoff chores all season for the Owls in addition to converting 4/8 field goals and all 19 PATs.