Nov. 4, 2010
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By Brian Ormiston
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF junior linebacker Josh Linam (Tavares, Fla.) received a spot on the ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team Thursday. It was the fourth-straight season that the Knights football team placed at least one player on the Academic All-District Team.
By being voted onto the First Team, Linam will now be included on the ESPN Academic All-America ballot which will be voted upon starting Nov. 9.
Linam is currently majoring in sports and fitness and holds a cumulative grade-point average of 3.46.
UCF's starting middle linebacker in all eight games, Linam has helped lead the defense to a top-15 national ranking in several categories including total defense and scoring defense. The Knights are allowing just 16.5 points per game and have held opponents to less than 20 points in six of eight outings this season.
Linam entered 2010 by playing in a combined 24 games in his previous two seasons, but did not make any starts as a freshman or a sophomore. He racked up seven tackles in 11 games in 2008 before posting 14 tackles in 13 contests in 2009.
However this year Linam has certainly stepped up for the Black and Gold, ranking four on the team with 37 tackles including 5.0 tackles for loss and one sack. Linam has also forced a fumble and broken up one pass.
Linam and the Knights will be heading to Houston to meet the Cougars Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. UCF stands at 6-2 on the year and is in first place in the Conference USA East Division with a 4-0 record, while Houston sits at 5-3 in 2010 and boasts a 4-1 record in C-USA play to sit in first place in the West Division.
Following the Black and Gold's clash with the Cougars, it will return to Orlando for its final regular-season home game of the year when it takes on Southern Miss Nov. 13 at noon. Tickets can be purchased by calling the UCF Ticket Office at 407-823-1000.