Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Czerniewski named Ron Lenz National Offensive Player of the Year

(Warrensburg, Mo.) – The University of Central Missouri senior quarterback Eric Czerniewski keeps piling in the awards as he was named the Ron Lenz National Offensive Player of the Year by Daktronics on Tuesday. He was also named a first-team All-American, along with senior wide receiver Jamorris Warren. Senior tight end DeMarco Cosby also pulled in second-team All-American honors.

Czerniewski (Montgomery City, Mo.), who is also among the top three vote-getters for the Harlon Hill Award, led the nation in passing yards (5,207), touchdown passes (46), and total offense (5,203), and broke the NCAA-II record for yards passing in a season. He also shattered every single-season passing record at UCM and in the MIAA. He was named the MIAA Offensive Player of the Year, the Super Region 4 Offensive Player of the Year, and to the conference and region first-teams. He completed a record 447-of-670 passes, good for 66.7 percent. He averaged 371.9 yards per game, with an efficiency rating of 150.2. He threw for more than 300 yards 10 times this year, and more than 200 yards in every game.

Czerniewski also finished his career ranked No. 4 in NCAA-II history and first in MIAA history with 12,847 yards passing. He has shattered more than 20 school records, including career marks like completions (1,043), touchdowns (107), yards, total offense (12,978) and attempts (1,678).

Warren (Belle Glade, Fla.) shattered every single-season record in the books for a wide receiver this season, totaling 109 grabs for 1,458 yards and 20 touchdown catches. The TD and reception totals were second in MIAA history, while the yard mark ranks third in league history. He is also the UCM all-time leading TD reception leader with 24.

Cosby (Kansas City, Mo.) was named an All-American for the third season in a row and broke the single-season and career school records for a tight end. He tallied 71 catches for 970 yards and 10 receiving scores this year. He also ranks among the best receivers in school history, ranking second in catches (141), second in yards (2,146), and third in touchdowns (20).

They led No. 8 Central Missouri (11-3) to the NCAA-II Quarterfinals this season, and UCM won its first ever playoff game, while setting a school record for wins.

Several other All-American teams are set to be released this week, and Czerniewski will attend the Harlon Hill banquet this Friday in Florence, Alabama as one of the top three vote-getters for the award.

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