The award for Leibfarth (Yankton) adds to what is already an impressive list of academic awards that he has received in his career. Along with his selection to the Academic All-America first team, Leibfarth has also been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII College Division first team and the Academic All-NCC team this season.
In 2006 he was selected to the USA Today All-USA College Academic Team, a team that is composed of 20 students from all colleges and universities across the nation. That season he was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team as well as to the Academic All-NCC Team.
By scoring 75 points on the season, Leibfarth finished his career tied for the USD career record for points scored. He tied Jason Leber's (1993-96) record of 236 career points. Leibfarth made 12 field goals this season and was a perfect 39-of-39 on extra point attempts. Against Winona State this season, he made a career-best 52-yard field goal. It was two yards shy of the USD record for longest field goal.
The Academic All-America team is selected by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be nominated, a student-athlete must have been a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his career. No athlete is eligible until he has reached sophomore athletic and academic standing.
South Dakota finished the season with a 6-5 record overall and were 5-3 in the North Central Conference. Of their 11 games, six were against nationally-ranked teams.