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Hill honored as Big 12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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Justice Hill celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the Bedlam football game on Nov. 10, 2018, in Norman, Oklahoma at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. (DEVIN LAWRENCE WILBER/O'Colly)

For the first time, an Oklahoma State football player is the Big 12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Justice Hill, a junior running back from Tulsa, earned the award, the conference announced Tuesday. Hill is also an Academic All-American and an All-Big 12 first-team honoree for academics and athletics.

Hill, a finance student, holds a 3.64 GPA. To receive the award, a student-athlete is required to be a junior or senior, have a GPA of at least 3.20, play in 20 percent or more of the team's scheduled games and reside at the academic institution for at least one year.

As a junior, Hill averaged 93 yards per game. He missed the games at the end of the Cowboys' schedule because of an injury, but he still had 930 rushing yards and nine touchdowns this season.

OSU will take on Missouri at 2:45 p.m. Dec. 31 in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee. Hill, who declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, will not compete in the bowl game.

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