The University of Central Missouri senior quarterback Eric Czerniewski 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).