CMU’s Edmiston finalist for top small-college defensive honor

Colorado Mesa linebacker Jake Edmiston continues to receive recognition for his accomplishments on the football field.

The senior from Palisade is a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, the Little Rock Touchdown Club announced Thursday.

The award is presented annually to the top small college defensive football player in the country representing almost 500 NCAA Division II, III and NAIA college and universities. The winner will be announced on Dec. 24 and honored at the Little Rock (Ark.) Touchdown Club’s annual awards banquet in February 2014, featuring guest speaker Lou Holtz.

The award is named after former Dallas Cowboys safety Cliff Harris, who played for current Division II Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) University from 1966-69.

Edmiston was also selected to the Beyond Sports Network Division II All-America second team. He was a Daktronics All-Region selection and is eligible for the Daktronics All-America team as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Edmiston set an NCAA Division II single-season record with 177 total tackles. The RMAC defensive player of the year led Division II in tackles per game (16.1) and solo tackles per game (9.3).

He had five quarterback sacks and two interceptions. The mathematics and statistics major earned CoSIDA Academic All-America and RMAC Academic Player of the Year honors.

Magazine recognition

The Colorado Mesa cross country and track and field teams were recently featured in an article in Runner’s World magazine.

The article refers to the Mavericks’ program as an example of one of 273 new cross country and track programs in the past decade in small colleges.

The article states the number of runners in the NCAA is at its highest ever despite several Division I programs dropping cross country and track programs because of its inability to make money.

RMAC Award

Colorado Mesa’s Brock Martin is the RMAC men’s diver of the week.

The senior swept the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competition in the Colorado Mesa Invitational last weekend. He won the 1-meter with a score of 484.3 points and the 3-meter with a score of 494.8.

It is the fourth time he’s received the award this season.


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