Posted 6 months ago
By John Axtell
Chadron State College had 19 football players receive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic honors this year, including 8 on the First Team. Colorado Mesa, coached by CSC graduate Russ Martin, had 9 First team selections and tied the Eagles with 19 overall honorees.
Half of CSC’s All-Academic First Teamers are repeaters. It’s the third year for senior tailback Glen Clinton of Cody, Wyo., and the second time for junior defensive lineman Zach Sandstrom of Chadron, senior defensive back Pierre Etchemendy of Douglas, Wyo., and junior quarterback Jonn McLain of Chadron,
McLain, last year’s RMAC All-Academic Player of the Year, was one of 4 unanimous choices this year. CSC’s other First Team selections are senior inside receiver Cody Roes of Chadron, and junior offensive lineman Sam Parker of Harrison, Neb, on offense and on defense linebacker Shea Koch of Custer, S.D., and defensive back Tyler McFarland of Boise, Idaho, both seniors.
To be eligible for All-Academic honors, voted on by the Sports Information Directors from the 10 RMAC schools with football, a student-athlete must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.30 and be a key contributor on offense, defense or special teams.
CSC’s 11 All-Academic Honor Roll selections include 4 players on offense: quarterback Patrick O’Boyle of Gering, wide receiver Kyle Hooper of Alliance, and inside receivers Ethan Bauer of Morse Bluff and Austen Stephens of Lincoln.
Those on defense are linebackers Isaac Holscher of Scottsbluff, Taz Olson of Prairie City, S.D., Clay Cundall of Buffalo, Wyo., and Alex Sleep of Breckenridge, Colo., and defensive backs Tyler Wright of Arvada, Colo., Conor Casey of Rapid City, S.D., and Cole Montgomery of Casper, Wyo.
Colorado Mesa lineback Jake Edmiston is this year’s RMAC Academic Player of the Year. Colorado State-Pueblo matched Mesa and the Eagles with 19 overall selections, but had only one on the First Team.
Colorado Mines had 2 First Team picks and 18 overall, Western State had 1 First Teamer and 15 overall honorees, and Adams State had 13 picks with one First Teamer.
Fort Lewis placed two players on the First Team, but had only 4 selections all together, trailing Western New Mexico’s 6 and matching Black Hills State’s 4. New Mexico Highlands had 3 All-Academic selections.
The four Black Hills State honorees were defensive back Luke Janssen of Chadron, linebacker Trent Boner of Douglas, Wyo, offensive lineman DJ Toczek of Martin, SD, and defensive lineman/punter Gunnar Bengtsson of Stockholm, Sweden.
Also making the All-Academic Honor Roll was Kieren Duncan of Scottsbluff, a wide receiver at Colorado State-Pueblo.