Nov. 10, 2005
Lamberson Picked to Academic All-District Team for Third YearMARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State University football senior quarterback Josh Lamberson (Wilber, Neb.) has been selected to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District College Division First Team, as voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today. In 2004, Lamberson was voted on the Academic All-America First Team (after earning All-District accolades) and was a 2003 selection on the All-District squad. Lamberson was the lone quarterback on the first team and joined a group of eight Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) student-athletes on both the first and second teams.
"It is a credit to him and to what he has done both on the field and in the classroom," said head coach Mel Tjeerdsma. "He has shown the ability to be extremely successful in both venues. It is certainly not surprising to us when you know him and his work ethic. He seeks perfection in whatever he does."
Lamberson, who is a 4.00 corporate recreation major with a minor in biology advances to the ballot for Academic All-America selection.
Earlier this week, the Wilber, Neb., native earned his second honor on the All-MIAA Second Team at quarterback. On the school charts, his season totals of 2,401 yards passing rank seventh, the 22 passing touchdowns are sixth, 211 completions are third, 324 attempts are fourth and his 65.1 completion percentage puts him on top of that list. He ends his regular season career ninth in MIAA history with 6,777 career yards of total offense and 10th with 6,000 career passing yards.
Lamberson has a chance to hold the top career spot at Northwest in four of the five major passing categories. He currently is first in total offense and passing touchdowns (54) and is on pace to hold the completion percentage record as he stands at 65.0% - more than 6.0% in front of the next player. He needs just 226 passing yards to move past John McMenamin for first-place on the passing list. One category where Lamberson needs to make up a large gap is attempts - he has 711 attempts, nearly 200 away from the record holder.
Lamberson, who was feared done with football after a season-ending hip injury in Week 8 of 2004, came out in prime fashion this season. Lamberson passed for 270 yards on 26-of-40 passing against Minnesota State (Aug. 25) in the 2005 opener. Lamberson was recently given the Don Black Award (Homecoming MVP) for his record-setting effort against Central Missouri (Oct. 22). Lamberson moved into first place on the school's career total yardage list with a career-high 378 yards on 28-of-43 passing and three touchdowns against the Mules. Lamberson torched a CMSU defense which was No. 1 in the MIAA going into the game in total defense and passing defense (164.1 yards). He set the career passing touchdowns mark with three against Pittsburg State (Oct. 29) - he stands with 54.
For the week of Oct. 17, Lamberson was nominated for the 2005 Harlon Hill trophy. Also, the two-time MIAA Presidential Scholar became (Oct. 5) a semifinalist for the Draddy Trophy, considered the Academic Heisman for NCAA Division II student-athletes. Lamberson was listed on the 2005 Don Hansen's Football Gazette Preseason All-America Team despite missing the final five games of 2004 with a hip injury. As a starter, Lamberson is 20-5 as his first career start came against Central Missouri on Sept. 20, 2003. He made an immediate splash as he was 17-of-35 for 280 yards and two TD's.
For a complete listing of all the awards, please visit www.CoSIDA.com. CoSIDA, the voting body of the All-America teams, is comprised of a 2,000-member organization of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. To be eligible for All-District status, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director
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