Mesa's Jake Edmiston adds another award to his resume

Jake Edmiston, 33, broke the Division II record for tackles in a season, racking up 177 for Colorado Mesa this season. The senior linebacker was selected to the Daktronics All-America first team on Thursday.

The football season is over, but Colorado Mesa senior Jake Edmiston continues to work out, hoping for a chance to play professionally.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound middle linebacker is not only working out, he’s working on his resume.

He received another award to put on it Thursday: Daktronics first-team All-American.

“It’s another step along the way,” Edmiston said. “One of my goals when I left high school was to make All-American. It was something I wanted to strive toward. It’s something I couldn’t have done without great coaching and great teammates. It’s an individual award, but it’s more than that.”

Colorado State University-Pueblo defensive end Darius Allen and punter Brandon Kliesen made the first team with Edmiston. Chadron State running back Glen Clinton made the second team.

Edmiston set an NCAA Division II single-season record with 177 total tackles, breaking former Mesa linebacker B.J. Russell’s team record of 169 set in 2004. Edmiston led Division II in tackles per game (16.1) and solo tackles per game (9.3). He also had five quarterback sacks and two interceptions.

The Palisade High School graduate has received several awards this season: Daktronics All-South Central Region (first team); Capital One Academic All-American; Capital One Academic All-District; RMAC Defensive Player of the Year; RMAC Academic Player of the Year; All-RMAC first team; and RMAC All-Academic first team.

The mathematics and statistics major has a 3.82 grade-point average.

“The thing that would make me the most happy would be putting an RMAC championship banner up,” Edmiston said. “The academic awards and the defensive player of the year are great. The player of the year is big because it’s voted on by the coaches. That means they thought of you when they played you.”

Colorado Mesa finished the season 5-6 overall and 4-5 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Edmiston is looking into getting an agent for a possible professional career.

“It should help,” Edmiston said. “Part of what I’m doing is shopping for an agent now. It’s something I need to put on my resume with film and statistics. It’s something to put out there.”

Edmiston is Mesa’s sixth player to earn All-America honors since Mesa became a Division II program. The most recent was defensive end Connor Wright in 2011.

“He’s a guy that worked his tail off day in and day out,” Edmiston said of Wright. “He was undersized, but he made up for it with his effort.”


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