Trey Tully has racked up several awards and honors in eight years spent kicking the pigskin.
From splitting the uprights during his days at Plainview High School, to being named to the Division II Preseason All-America team at the next level for Oklahoma Baptists University, Tully has consistently found success on the field.
But on Nov. 16, the OBU pre-allied health senior was recognized for his talents in the classroom as well, being named Academic All-District in Super Region 3 by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
“This award is the product of supportive parents, persistent coaches and a great community,” Tully said. “I’m so thankful I got the opportunity to learn and grow as both a student and an athlete at OBU.”
The CoSIDA selects the Academic All-District team to “recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom,” according to the Nov. 16 press release.
Earning the academic honor puts Tully in consideration for Academic All-American honors, along with three other kickers in Division II. Tully is also the OBU nominee for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award.
Tully posted a 3.93 GPA while juggling his time as a member of the Bison football team and his responsibilities as a pre-allied health major during his collegiate career.
“Balancing school and football has not been easy, but with discipline and determination anybody could do it,” he said.
While Tully said anybody could manage the work load, OBU head football coach Chris Jensen said what Tully has accomplished as a student-athlete for the Bison football team is something special.
“To be recognized for this honor as a student at Oklahoma Baptist is a special thing considering how stringent our academics are here,” Jensen said. “We try to find those guys who excel in the classroom and on the football field, and Trey has definitely been one of those guys.
“We’ve just been very blessed to have him in our program,” Jensen added. “He’s been a solid contributor for our football program, and we’re just happy that his hard work has been recognized.”
This isn’t the first time Tully has been recognized for his brain instead of his boot. The six-time CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week and first team All-Central State Football League kicker was named to the Great American Conference honor roll his junior season.
The Bison finished with a 2-10 record this year, but closed out the season strong, winning two of their final three games to send off the team’s seniors in winning fashion.
And while his career as a kicker may be coming to a close, Tully plans on taking his academics to the next level after graduating.
Tully said he expects to attend grad school to earn a doctorate in physical therapy at either Oklahoma University or Southwest Baptist in Bolivar, Missouri.
“The past four years have been a blur,” Tully said. “I’m hoping the next three in grad school will be as well. Once I finish grad school, I’ll likely try to seek travel opportunities for work.