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Press Release

Dec. 1, 2005

Lamberson Honored as 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Northwest Missouri State senior Josh Lamberson (Wilber, Neb.) has been selected as the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year in the College Football Division, selected today by the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA). Lamberson, who was a 2004 First Team Academic All-American, was also placed on the Academic All-America First Team Offense. He is one of nine repeat selections in the College Division and one of 12 First Team picks on Offense.

Yesterday, Lamberson was voted to the 2005 Daktronics Division II All-Southwest Region Second Team on offense. He was a 2005 Harlon Hill nominee as he ranks 11th in the country in pass efficiency (156.0) and 31st in total offense (248.1). Lamberson has passed for 3,195 yards and 30 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. The 67.0 completion percentage would give him the school's single-season top mark and his touchdown total is third and passing yards output is second. The 2005 Second Team All-MIAA selection was a semifinalist for the Draddy Trophy, which is referred to as the Division II Academic "Heisman". Lamberson has currently thrown for at least one touchdown in 24 straight games (not including injured game in Week 8 of 2004) and 10 straight with two or more. As a starter, Lamberson is 23-5 and holds five career games of 300-plus passing yards including 311 against Washburn (Nov. 19) in the playoffs. In that same game, he hit for his fourth career four-touchdown contest. Lamberson earned Homecoming MVP (Don Black Award) honors for his record-setting effort against Central Missouri (Oct. 22) as he torched a Mule defense, which was No. 1 in the MIAA going into the game in total defense and passing defense, as he finished with a career-high 378 yards on 28-of-43 passing and three touchdowns. On the career charts, Lamberson is first in Northwest annals (all games) with a 65.9 completion percentage, completions (517) and is within range to take over first in total offense (7,541) as he needs 22 more yards.

To be eligible, 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. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Division I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA Championships sports. ESPN The Magazine is in its second year as the exclusive corporate sponsor of the Academic All-America program.

The Academic All-American of the Year is a first for a Northwest football student-athlete.

Northwest is prepping for its third ever NCAA Division II National Semifinals with a date at North Alabama on Dec. 3. Kick-off is scheduled for 10:04 a.m. with the game televised live nationally on ESPNU.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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