Nov. 8, 2012
4 Bearcats earn Academic All-District honors
MARYVILLE, Mo. – A quartet of Northwest Missouri State football players were honored Thursday being named to the Capital One Academic All‐District ® football team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Junior quarterback Trevor Adams earned his second straight All-District selection as he was joined by senior Nate DeJong and sophomores Bryce Young and Kyle Goodburn. All four players will also advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second-, and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Adams was also an Academic All-America pick last season, as the biology/psychology major carries a 3.96 GPA. The Odessa, Texas native ranks 19th nationally in passing efficiency and is fifth in the MIAA in total offense. He has also cracked the Northwest record books passing for 38 touchdowns in his career and is just 98 yards shy of passing for 2,000 yards for the second straight season.
DeJong joins Adams as one of two team captains on the Academic All-District team. A biology major with a 3.56 GPA, DeJong leads the MIAA in interceptions and is ranked in the top 10 in NCAA Division II with six.
Young, a sophomore from Chillicothe, is the third leading receiver for the Bearcats with 26 catches for 413 yards. He carries a 3.72 GPA in business management and has added two touchdowns on the year.
Goodburn has played an important role for the Bearcats’ special teams. A sophomore business management major, Goodburn holds a 3.45 GPA and is the second leading punter in all of NCAA Division II. Averaging 45.18 yards per game, the Roeland Park, Kan. native has 11 punts over 50 yards and 12 inside the 20-yard line in 39 attempts this season.
The Academic All‐District ® teams include the student‐athletes listed on the following pages and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the second year of the expanded Academic All‐America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar‐athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two‐year schools.
The Capital One Division II and III Academic All‐America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012‐13 DII and DIII Academic All‐America® teams program.
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