LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky senior punter Landon Foster (pictured, below left) has been selected as a first-team Academic All-American and senior offensive tackle Jordan Swindle (pictured, below right) was tabbed second-team, it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors Association on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 3.
Foster, a second-team selection in 2014, and Swindle are the 18th players in Kentucky history to earn Academic All-America honors. Foster is the fourth Kentucky player to earn Academic All-America honors in multiple seasons, joining Greg Lahr (1989, 1991), Hayden Lane (2005-06) and Tim Masthay (2007-08).
A native of Franklin, Tenn., Foster sports a 3.97 cumulative GPA as a double major in marketing and finance. Swindle, a native of St. John’s, Fla., owns a 3.91 GPA as a kinesiology major.
Foster has earned a bevy of honors for his work off the field throughout the community. He is a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, given to the nation’s top community servant. He was a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top scholar-athlete, and is one of 22 student-athletes named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. On Wednesday, Foster was named to the SEC Community Service Team.
On the field, Foster concluded the 2015 regular season with a 40.3 yard average on 61 punts. He concludes his career with 256 punts for 10,693 yards, including 69 punts downed inside the 20-yard line, for a 41.8 yard average. He ranks as the UK record holder in punts and yards, also ranking fifth in SEC history in punting yards, and fourth in punts.
Swindle, a two-time member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, played in 45 games with 35 starts in his career. He saw action in 11 games as a reserve in 2012 during his freshman campaign, before starting his last three seasons.
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