November 11, 2004
Lamberson, Tuinei and Tysdahl Listed on CoSIDA Academic All-District First TeamMARYVILLE, Mo. -- Three Northwest Missouri State University football student-athletes were represented on the 2004 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Academic All-District VII First Team, junior Josh Lamberson (Wilber, Neb.), seniors Joe Tuinei (American Samoa) and Troy Tysdahl (Hubbard, Iowa), announced today by the Academic All-America committee. Lamberson made the list on offense while Tuinei and Tysdahl were on the defensive unit. Lamberson and Tysdahl received Second Team All-District accolades in 2003.
Despite getting injured against Missouri Western, Oct. 16. Lamberson started the first eight games at quarterback. He threw for 1,759 yards and 19 touchdowns on the year for a 192.53 efficiency rating and was second on the team with 334 rushing yards and four TD's. Before his setback, he ranked first in NCAA Division II statistics in pass efficiency and 20th in total offense (261.6 ypg). He engineered an offense that ranked second in the nation in scoring offense (51.5 ppg) and third in total offense (500.3 ypg). The 2004 All-MIAA Second Team selection at signal-caller set a personal best with five TD tosses versus Washburn. In 2004, he had four games of 300-plus yards of total offense.
Tuinei, a back-up at the left defensive tackle position, has played in all 11 games on the year. Overall, he has recorded 17 total tackles (five solo) on the season, including 2.5 tackles-for-a-loss and 1.0 quarterback sack. He is a key member of a Bearcat defense that is on pace to set a school record for fewest total rushing yards allowed - against Missouri-Rolla (Sept. 18) the Bearcats gave up -43 yards rushing, which set the Northwest single-game record.
A constant in the linebacker corps, Tysdahl has started all 11 games in 2004 posting 56 total tackles (31 solo) including 6.5 tackles-for-a-loss and 1.0 QB sack. His two interceptions is tied for the team lead and solo tackles output is good for second. He is an integral part of a 'Cat defense that ranks fourth in the country in rushing defense (71.6) and 29th in scoring defense (18.9). Against Missouri Western, Tysdahl picked up his first season interception and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown in the 31-13 Northwest win.
All first team honorees advance to the national Academic All-America ballot. A complete listing of the First and Second Teams can be found at www.cosida.com.
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