Fresno State's Justin Northern Named CoSIDA Academic All-American
AUSTIN, Texas - Fresno State senior offensive tackle Justin Northern was named Thursday to the CoSIDA 2015 Academic All-America Division I Football second-team, becoming the sixth Bulldog football player to be named an Academic All-American.
Northern, a mechanical engineering major with a 3.79 cumulative GPA, joins Derek Carr (second-team selection in 2013) as the second Bulldog in four seasons under head coach Tim DeRuyter to be named an Academic All-American.
"I was very proud to hear that Justin was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team,” Northern said. “Justin is the epitome of what we are looking for in a student-athlete here at Fresno State. He truly is a champion on and off the field and it's great to see all of his hard work be recognized."
Northern was the lone football student-athlete from the Mountain West to be selected to this year's team and the 36th in league history.
“It is such a great honor to be recognized as an Academic All-American,” Northern said. “It is a testament to everyone who has helped me get to where I am today - my parents, my professors, my advisors, my coaches and peers. They are the ones that made this happen. I’m Bulldog Born, Bulldog Bred, gonna be a Bulldog until the day I’m day.”
The Lakewood, Calif. native closed out his Bulldog career making 39 consecutive starts at right tackle, helping Fresno State win the 2013 Mountain West Championship and capture the West Division title in 2014. His 39 starts was the most of any Bulldog on the 2015 team.
In addition to Thursday’s announcement of the Academic All-America teams, Northern is also a three-time Academic All-District selection and a three time honoree on the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete team that requires a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA. Back in June, NFL.com reporter Chase Goodbread ranked Northern No. 6 in his report on the 15 smartest players in college football.
Northern was also involved in many extracurricular activities throughout his career as a Bulldog. He was the Fresno State Athletics SAAC representative from the football team this year, served as a committee/service chair to his chapter of Tau Beta Phi, the Fresno State mechanical engineering honors society, and spearheaded a high number of community service efforts from working with the Fresno State Student Cupboard to the MESA Day on campus teaching math skills to kids to supporting the 2015 Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run, plus many others.
He was a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy, otherwise known as the Academic Heisman, and was also a semifinalist for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and Wuerffel Trophy.
Northern is set to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering this coming May. Through his efforts at Fresno State, he has set himself up for a very bright future. Northern has already been interviewing for a wide range of jobs using his engineering degree, looking at fields such as aerospace, avionics testing, project management, HVAC, systems engineering and product development.