GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) Football requires a lot of time in practice and preparation for each game. From reading coverages, knowing where to line up and making adjustments on the fly are just some of the things players work on, but the student athlete also has to perform well in the classroom in order to even suit up on the weekends. One CMU defender has excelled while hitting the books this semester.
Mason Newton was named the RMAC Academic Defensive Player of the Year. He has a 3.38 GPA in Kinesiology. He was on the all-academic first team last year and has been on the honor roll every year that he has been eligible.
On the field, Newton leads NCAA Division II in tackles for loss averaging 2.4 per game. He also is 4th in the nation in sacks per game at 1.21. The senior defensive lineman credits his family on the field and family at home that helped him be so successful.
"It's a great honor," said Newton. "It has a lot to do with my team and my parents. I have to throw that back on them. They instilled something in me to never stop, always work your best, do everything you can. That's something Russ always talks about, do it the best you can anywhere you can do it and give everything 110 percent. It's a great honor, I can't wait to tell my mom."