Nov. 26, 2008
Burnsides Named Academic All-American
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State junior defensive back Myles Burnsides, the 2008 MIAA Most Valuable Defensive Player, can add Academic All-American to his many titles. Burnsides Wednesday became the fourth player in program history to be named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Football Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Burnsides is one of five MIAA student-athletes to appear on the list and one of three second-team selections. Burnsides maintains a 3.88 grade point average and is a business management major.
Burnsides leads the MIAA with five interceptions this season. He's had three picks in his last four games and had a career-high 12 tackles in Northwest's 38-35 win against Pittsburg State last weekend.
Burnsides has started all 12 games this season and his 58 tackles rank third on the team. He has 2.5 tackles-for-loss, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a blocked kick.
Former Northwest players to earn Academic All-America honors include Josh Lamberson, who was the College Division Academic All-American of the Year in 2005. That honor this year went to quarterback Greg Micheli of Division-III Mount Union.
Lamberson and former Northwest linebacker Troy Tysdahl were first-team Academic All-Americans in 2004. Robert (Chip) Gregory was a first-team pick in 1981.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 on a scale of 4.0, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
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