Mavericks’ Edmiston earns national award
Jake Edmiston’s performance last weekend garnered national attention this week. The Colorado Mesa University linebacker earned the USAfootballbowl.com National Player of the Week honor.
“It’s a great deal for him to be honored,” CMU coach Russ Martin said. “Jake had a great week.”
Edmiston had 23 tackles, including 11 solo, in a 22-17 victory over Western New Mexico on Saturday. He leads Division II in total tackles and is tied for third in the nation regardless of division in tackles per game at 14.8.
The senior from Palisade was also the RMAC defensive player of the week.
Edmiston has been invited to play in the USA Football Bowl Festival on Jan. 20 in Hoover, Ala. The game includes players from NCAA Division I FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA.
USAfootballbowl.com is a marketing and promotions firm focused on college football. It has selected preseason All-America teams at the Division II and III level for 25 years.
Martin said the CMU coaching staff has nominated Edmiston for other postseason all-star bowl games as well.
Defending Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champion Colorado Mesa barely missed the top spot in the coaches preseason poll released Wednesday. The Mavericks are ranked 19th by Division II Bulletin.
The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs beat out the Mavericks by two points for first place even though Mesa had a majority of the first-place votes with five. UCCS received two first-place votes.
“It’s not a big deal,” CMU coach Taylor Wagner said. “We’re still excited for the season. We want to win it and host the RMAC tournament again. No one here wants to take second.”
Metro State came in third, Colorado Christian fourth and Fort Lewis fifth.
Abby Kirchoff of UCCS is the preseason player of the year and a unanimous all-conference selection. Colorado Christian senior Gillian Foster is the preseason defensive player of the year.
Colorado Mesa senior guard Sharaya Selsor was selected to the RMAC preseason all-conference team.
The Mavericks open the season Nov. 8 against Northwestern Oklahoma State in the Southwestern Oklahoma State Classic.
Colorado Mesa is picked to finish fifth in the RMAC preseason poll in coach Andy Shantz’s first year.
The Mavericks, who tied for fourth place last year, have nine returning players from last season.
Metro State is favored to defend its title and received 11 first-place votes. Colorado Mines, which placed sixth last year, is picked second. Fort Lewis is third, and Adams State is fifth.
Metro State senior guard Brandon Jefferson is the RMAC preseason player of the year. Fort Lewis junior center Alex Herrera is the preseason defensive player of the year. Both were unanimous preseason all-conference selections.
Colorado Mesa didn’t have a preseason all-conference selection.