PELLA—For the second consecutive year, Central College kicker Jon Alberts (senior, Huntley, Ill.) is a first-team pick on the Division III Academic All-America Division III football team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

It’s the fourth consecutive year that the Dutch football team has had a player chosen. Central has now had athletes receive CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition 63 times, including 17 times in football. He’s the second Central athlete honored this year, following men’s track and field national champion decathlete Will Daniels last spring. He’s a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District pick and a three-time academic all-conference honoree.

Alberts is a business management and philosophy major with a 3.91 grade point average. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity contributor, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better and have reached sophomore standing. CoSIDA members first submit ballots for a district team before selected nominees advance for consideration on the national squad.

Earlier Alberts was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America team as a first-team selection and for the second straight year was named a finalist for the Fred Mitchell Award as the nation’s top kicker from a non-Division I FBS school. He was also tabbed for the D3football.com All-West Region first team after receiving second-team all-region honors last year and was a D3football.com preseason all-American. He’s a three-time first-team American Rivers all-conference pick.

Alberts was a perfect 59-of-59 on extra points this year while connecting on 11 of 13 field goals (84.6%) with a long of 48 yards. He was 33 of 38 for his career on field goals while hitting 143 of 148 extra-point tries. Of his 84 kickoffs, 20 went for touchbacks. He set a school season record for most extra points (59) and ranked fifth in field goals (11) after setting the school season mark of 14 in 2017. He ranked third in season field goal percentage (84.6%) after setting the school record of 87.5% in 2017. He ranks sixth in Division III in field goal percentage and 35th in field goals per game.

On the school career charts, Alberts is first in field-goal percentage (86.8), third in field goals (33), fifth in field goal attempts (38), third in extra points (143), second in extra-point percentage (96.6%) and sixth in scoring (242). His 55-yard field goal at Wartburg College in 2018 was also a school record.

He’s received conference special teams player of the week accolades nine times, including four times this season. He was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Mazda as the nation’s top football scholar-athlete as chosen by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.

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