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UCLA's Jeff Locke, Jake Brendel named to Pac-12 All-Academic first team

The pair of Bruins landed on the list of Pac-12 athletes who carry at least a 3.0 grade-point average and are a starter or significant contributor.

Christian Petersen

UCLA Bruins punter Jeff Locke and offensive lineman Jake Brendel were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic first team on Tuesday.

Locke, a redshirt senior Economics major, posted a 3.70 grade-point average and was named to the All-Academic team for the third time. The 23-year-old is one of the top kick specialists in the nation and has a career punting average of 44.58, which is good for second all-time in the UCLA record books. He earned the Tommy Prothro team award for Outstanding Special Teams Player following the 2011 season.

Brendel, a redshirt freshman Math/Applied Science major, carried a 3.60 GPA en route to his first inclusion on the All-Academic team. The 6'4 lineman was a highly recruited center, ranked No. 8 by and No. 15 by coming out of Plano, TX East Senior HS. He was named the Coach Ed Kezirian "Coach K" Award winner for Academic and Athletic Balance after his first year with the Bruins.