Northern becomes the sixth Academic All-American in the history of the Bulldog football program, 45th overall Fresno State student-athlete to receive the high academic distinction
Justin Northern named Academic All-District for third-straight year, Jacob Vazquez earns first career selection
Offensive tackle Justin Northern named a semifinalist for the 26thannual William V. Campbell Trophy, also known as the Academic Heisman
Bulldog senior is one of 30 candidates up for the award in college football
College football's preeminent community service award recognizes student-athletes for off the field achievements
2015 (Senior): Named 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 ... also was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team for a third-consecutive season and to the 2015 Mountain West Fall All-Academic team ... started in all 12 games at right tackle, giving him 39 consecutive starts to close out his career ... helped lead a rushing attack that gained 1,642 yards on the ground, 920 of which came from starting running back Marteze Waller ... part of front-five that was flagged for just 15 of the Bulldogs 59 penalties on the year, a squad that ranked No. 18 in the country for fewest penalties ... Northern alone, was not called for a holding penalty all season and was flagged for just three penalties (false starts) on the season ... entering the season NFL.com reporter Chase Goodbread ranked Northern No. 6 in his report on the 15 smartest players in college football ... 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 ... received the team's Academic Achievement Award at the year-end banquet.
2014 (Junior): Named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 first-team, to the Mountain West All-Academic team ... 2014-15 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete for having a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA ... started all 14 games at right tackle ... blocked for running back Marteze Waller who was a second-team All-Mountain West selection after rushing for 1,368 yards, the seventh-most in Fresno State single-season history ... member of offensive line that opened holes for running backs who tallied nine, 100-yard rushing games on the season ... helped team produce 406.1 yards of offense per game that ranked No. 4 in the Mountain West ... aided the rushing offense to 182.4 yards per game and 22 touchdowns via the ground game and protected for a passing attack that produced 223.7 yards per game ... member of the first offensive line unit at Fresno State to start every single game together over the course of the season since starts by game began being recorded in 1990 by the school.
2013 (Sophomore): Named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 first-team, to the Mountain West All-Academic team and to the 2013-14 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete for having a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA ... started all 13 games at right tackle ... member of offensive line that led the way for one of the nation's most prolific offense's, as the Bulldogs led the FBS in passing (394.8 ypg), ranked third in total offense (547.8 ypg) and was sixth in scoring (43.4 ppg) ... he and the rest of the team only allowed 11 sacks in 13 games, a figure that tied for the sixth-fewest sacks allowed in the FBS ... what makes that sack total so impressive is that Fresno State did so while throwing the ball 675 times in 2013, which was 246 more pass attempts than any other of the teams ranked head of the `Dogs in fewest sacks allowed ... he helped the Bulldog offense produce the best season in school history, setting 19 school offensive records in 2013.
2012 (Redshirt Freshman): Received the 2012-13 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award ... appeared in the Colorado, Hawai'i and Air Force games.
2011 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Named to the All-CIF Southern Section first-team after his senior season ... led Mayfair to an 8-5 record and the semifinals of the CIF playoffs ... the Monsoons averaged over 250 rushing yards per game.
Personal: Born in Long Beach, Calif. ... parents are Debbie Heard and William Northern ... likes sleeping and hanging out with family and friends ... favorite athlete is Logan Mankins ... lists his family as the people he admires most because they always show him the right thing to do and are always there for him no matter what happened ... recruited by Air Force, Oregon, Stanford and USC ... chose Fresno State because of the fantastic coaches, players, history and community support ... majoring in mechanical engineering.
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