Mavs’ Edmiston, Brady earn more football honors
Colorado Mesa football players Jake Edmiston and Michael Brady continue to receive recognition for their achievements.
The seniors were selected to the Daktronics Super Region Four team Thursday. Both made the first team and are on the ballot for All-America honors to be selected at a later date.
Edmiston, a middle linebacker, set an NCAA Division II single-season record with 177 total tackles. The Palisade graduate 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 mathematics and statistics major has already earned CoSIDA Academic All-America and RMAC Academic Player of the Year honors.
Brady, a safety, was tied for ninth in the nation and first in the RMAC in interceptions with 0.55 per game. The Highlands Ranch native ranked fourth in the RMAC in pass break-ups with 1.18 per game.
Both were selected to play in the fourth annual National Bowl Game on Sunday in Miami. The bowl game is for the “100 best non-FBS college football players in the country,” according to nationalbowlgame.org.
Several NFL and CFL scouts are expected to attend the game.
Colorado Mesa’s Marco Escobar and Blake Carlson were selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-South Central Region first team.
Escobar made the first team for the second consecutive year. The senior midfielder led the Mavericks in points (17) and assists (7). He set the school record for career assists with 14.
Carlson started 19 games at center fullback on defense leading the Mavs to a school record 0.76 goals against average this season.
Both players were selected to the Daktronics NCAA Division II South Central Region team last week as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Both players made the All-RMAC first team.
The 23rd-ranked Mavericks (13-5-3) set several school records, including wins in a season and won their first RMAC tournament title.
The Colorado Mesa wrestling team is back in the NCAA Division II coaches national rankings.
The Mavericks (2-1) are ranked 16th and have three wrestlers ranked in the top eight in their weight class.
James Martinez is ranked third at 149 pounds, Chester Granard is ranked eighth at 174 pounds and Jordan Passehl is eighth at heavyweight.
Western State’s Kyle Piatt, an Olathe High graduate, is ranked fifth at 184 pounds.
Adams State is ranked sixth and Western State is eighth. Chadron State, CSU-Pueblo and San Francisco State received votes.
The Mavericks host Bethany (Kan.) College at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19.
Preseason RMAC Honors
Colorado Mesa junior sprinter Whitney Rowe made the preseason All-RMAC indoor track & field team, the RMAC announced Thursday.
The Mavericks are picked to finish ninth out of 10 teams. Adams State received nine of 10 first-place votes and is the favorite to win the RMAC title this season.
The Colorado Mesa men’s team is picked sixth out of eight teams. Adams State received seven of the eight first-place votes and is the favorite to win the RMAC title.
Colorado Mesa opened the season Thursday at the Colorado Mines Oredigger Early Bird Invitational in Golden.