November 10, 2005

Doughty Named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII First-Team

Nov. 9, 2005

GREELEY, Colo. - University of Northern Colorado senior defensive back Reed Doughty was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII Football University Division first-team as selected by CoSIDA and announced by coordinating officials on Thursday, while junior defensive back Matt Thomas and senior kicker Justin Zaitz earned second-team honors.

Doughty was one of four defensive backs selected to the first-team. For being selected to the first-team, Doughty's name will now appear on the ballot for consideration for the honor of Academic All-American.

Doughty, who has a 4.0 gpa in sport and exercise science, leads Division I-AA with 14.1 tackles/game this season (113 total tackles) through eight games. A 2004 All-American on the playing field, Doughty is a finalist for the 2005 Buck Buchanan Award, given to the nation's Best I-AA Defensive Player. He is also a finalist for the 2005 Draddy "Academic Heisman" Trophy. Doughty was also an Academic All-District team pick each of the past two seasons on his way to earning second-team Academic All-American honors in each 2003 and 2004.

Doughty is the second Northern Colorado student-athlete to earn first-team Academic All-District honors this season (soccer Whitney Salter was the other); six UNC student-athletes earned the honor last year and four of those six went on to earn Academic All-American honors.

Thomas, who has a 3.85 gpa in economics, is third on the team with 49 tackles (27 solo) in 2005 while also intercepting one pass and recovering a fumble.

Zaitz, who has a 3.75 gpa in finance, was a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American last season. He is 7-for-10 in field goal attempts this season with a long make of 42 yards. He is a perfect 26-of-26 in extra point attempts on the year and ranks in the top-10 in school history in points and field goals made.

The academic all-district team honors student-athletes who excel both on the playing field and in the classroom. The awards are sponsored by and on voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

District VII includes schools in the states of Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Selections are open to student-athletes who have reached sophomore academic standing and carry at least a 3.20 G.P.A. The university division includes Division I schools.