Meisner named RMAC Academic Player of the Year

Meisner named RMAC Academic Player of the Year

Pack senior is first ThunderWolf gridder to be named Academic Player of the Year.

Related: 2011 Academic All-RMAC Football Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ( - Oct. 18, 2011) - CSU-Pueblo linebacker Lee Meisner (Sr., Sterling, Colo.) earned RMAC Academic Player of the Year honors Tuesday, headlining a solid crop of student-athletes receiving first or second-team honors on the Academic All-RMAC squad.

Meisner, a business major at CSU-Pueblo with a 3.91 grade-point-average, is now a three-time Academic All-RMAC first team selection.  He has been named the CSU-Pueblo Hasan School of Business student of the year as well as the HSB marketing student of the year, and is also one of 127 football athletes across all divisions to be named semifinalists for the National Football Foundation's William F. Campbell trophy, which is in essence the "Heisman Trophy" of student-athletes in the sport of football. 

Meisner is one of four ThunderWolves to earn first-team Academic All-RMAC honors and one of seven be recognized on either the first team or second team.

Also garnering first-team honors was defensive end Grant Jansen (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), who, like Meisner, was a unanimous first-team selection.  Joining Jansen and Meisner were guard J.T. Haddan (Jr., Craig, Colo.) and safety Jon Bailey (Sr., Fort Morgan, Colo.).

Named to the second team were wide receiver Jared Sperber (Sr., Oakley, Kan.), tackle Taylor Kelly (So., Ojai, Calif.), and safety Josh Costa (Sr., Nanakuli, Hawaii).

Additionally, another nine ThunderWolves earned RMAC Academic Honor Roll distinction.

The Academic All-RMAC squad is voted upon by the RMAC's sports information directors at the conference's 10 football-sponsoring schools.