LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State
sophomore offensive lineman Valerian Ume-Ezeoke has been named to the 2012
Capital One Academic All-District VII first team as selected by the College
Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the organization announced
As a result of his first-team
all-district selection, Ume-Ezeoke will now be placed on the ballot for the
Capital One Academic All-America team.The team will consist of first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees
and will be selected later on this month.
Ume-Ezeoke is in his second year as an
offensive lineman on the NM State football team.The Garland, Texas, native has started all
nine games at center for the Aggies this season.Ume-Ezeoke is an integral part of an
offensive line that so far this year has helped produce over 2,000 yards
passing from sophomore quarterback Andrew Manley, over 500 yards rushing from
junior running back Germi Morrison and over 1,000 yards receiving from
sophomore wide receiver Austin Franklin, who is also first in the Western
Athletic Conference (WAC) and third in the nation in receiving yards per
During NM State’s home-opener against
Sacramento State, while making only his second career start at center, Ume-Ezeoke
helped the Aggies score a season-high seven touchdowns and rack up 467 yards of
total offense.Against Ohio, Ume-Ezeoke
had four knockdowns on his way to earning a perfect assignment rating.The four knockdowns were a season-high for
Ume-Ezeoke until last week’s game at Auburn where he had five total knockdowns
to bring his season total to 33.
Ume-Ezeoke made an immediate impact at NM
State, playing in eight games his freshman year while starting in six of
them.He finished his rookie campaign
with 32 total knockdowns, only four penalties and did not allow a single
sack.Ume-Ezeoke’s contributions helped
an Aggie offense that finished 47th in the nation in total offense
and 27th in the nation in passing.For his efforts, Ume-Ezeoke was named to the All-WAC Freshman team by
Ume-Ezeoke’s on-the-field play is only
overshadowed by his performance in the classroomm.The biology major finished his freshman year
with a perfect 4.0 GPA and currently maintains a 3.7 GPA.
Capital One and CoSIDA are in their third
year as partners for the all-district and all-america awards.The program honors nearly 2,000
student-athletes at the national level and 4,000 student-athletes at the
district level for their all-around accomplishments in the classroom, in the
community and in competition.
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