Oklahoma State senior linebacker Caleb Lavey earned first-team Capital One Academic All-District honors, it was announced today.

As a member of the all-district team, Lavey now advances onto the ballot as a candidate for Capital One Academic All-America recognition. Should he make that team, he’d become the 16th OSU football player to earn that distinction and the first since Darnell Smith in 2006.

Lavey, who has already earned a degree in finance, is currently working on his MBA and sports a 3.37 grade point average. He is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree.

On the field, he leads OSU with 59 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss. He ranks second on the squad with three interceptions and 2.5 sacks. His 0.4 interceptions per game rank him fourth in the Big 12 and 34th nationally and his 1.3 tackles for loss per game rank him fourth in the Big 12 and 27th in the country.

In the last five games against West Virginia, Kansas State, TCU, Iowa State and Texas Tech, Lavey has averaged 7.6 tackles, 1.4 tackles for loss and 1.0 turnovers forced per contest. He earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after the Cowboys’ season-opening win over Mississippi State. Lavey recorded a team-best 11 tackles in that contest and added two tackles for loss and a half-sack. It was the first such honor of Lavey's career and marked the first time a Cowboy has been recognized with the league's weekly defensive honor since Shaun Lewis in 2011.