Edelen selected Verizon Academic All-American

Edelen selected Verizon Academic All-American Jarrod Edelen of The University of South Dakota football team has been named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-America College Division Football First Team as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America), according to an announcement Dec. 2.

A junior punter/kicker from Vermillion, Edelen has a 3.70 grade point average in computer science, mathematics and economics. This season, Edelen has been named to the all-North Central Conference first team, Academic all-NCC, Verizon Academic All American District VII first team and D2football.com All-Midwest second team. He is the Coyotes' seventh Academic All-American and the first since Todd Salat was selected in 1986. Edelen was one of two student-athletes from the NCC selected to the first team. North Dakota offensive lineman Mac Schneider also was picked.

Edelen led the league with a 41.2 yard average (47-1,936 yards) in conference games and averaged a league-best 40.9 yards per punt overall. He also had an NCC-leading 37.6 net punting average. Teams averaged just 3.3 return yards on his 37 punts. Edelen had the longest punt in league play, booting a kick 66 yards vs. North Dakota State. In total, Edelen had 63 punts for 2,569 yards with 16 kicks placed inside the 20-yard line.

At USD, Edelen has been named Phi Beta Kappa, Rawlins Scholar, Presidential Alumni Scholarship recipient, Wal-Mart Competitive Edge Scholarship winner and Technology Fellow. He also is a member of two honorary societies, Mortar Board and ODK. Last spring, he was named the Colonel Robert F. Wales Award recipient for his work in the classroom and on the football field. He is the son of Joe and Mary Edelen of Vermillion.

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