GLIAC Has Three Named to the 2011 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America First-Team

Release courtesy of Dan Wilkes, Associate AD/Marketing & Communications, Pittsburg State University

PITTSBURG, Kan. —Harlon Hill Trophy winning running back Jonas Randolph of Mars Hill and consensus All-America linebacker Nate Dreiling of National Champion Pittsburg State headline a talented 2011 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America Team.

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Randolph, who captured the Harlon Hill Trophy as the Division II National Player of the Year honors, garnered Don Hansen Offensive Player of the Year accolades. A senior from Daleville, Ala., Randolph rushed the ball 366 times for 2,170 yards and 18 touchdowns on the season, leading Division II with a 197.3 yard per game average.  He guided the Lions to an 8-3 record and an NCAA-II playoff appearance.

Dreiling, who helped lead the Gorillas to the school’s first national championship in 20 years, received Don Hansen National Defensive Player of the Year honors. A sophomore from Hutchinson, Kan., Dreiling made 139 tackles, including 17.0 TFLs, with seven interceptions, six pass breakups and two forced fumbles while helping Pitt State capture the NCAA-II National Championship.  He made 46 tackles (11.5 pg) with 7.0 TFLs and three interceptions in the post-season.

Missouri Western place kicker Greg Zuerlein, who converted a nation-leading 23 of 24 field goals including all nine attempts from 50 yards and beyond, was selected the Don Hansen National Special Teams Player of the Year.

Darrell Leopold from Delta State received the ninth annual NCAA Division II Rimington Award as the division’s top offensive center.  †

Lenoir-Rhyne fullback Isaiah Whitaker, who led all fullbacks nationally with 818 rushing yards (81.5 ypg) and six touchdowns, and Catawba defensive tackle CJ Barksdale, who made 10.5 tackles-for-loss including 4.0 quarterback sacks, shared Don Hansen National Freshman of the Year honors.

Pitt State’s Tim Beck, who led the Gorillas to a 13-1 record and the school’s second NCAA Division II National Championship claimed Don Hansen National Coach of the Year honors in his second season leading the program.  A 23-year veteran assistant for the Gorillas prior to becoming the Pitt State head coach in December 2009, Beck helped the Gorillas improve seven games in the wins column in year two after a 6-6 debut season in 2010.

The Don Hansen Division II All-America Team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988.

The Don Hansen Football Committee selected All-Super Region teams in December and early January, with the first-team and second-team All-Super Region players advancing to the national ballot.

A total of 183 players earned some form of Don Hansen All-America honors.  Players from 84 of the 152 football-playing schools in Division II earned Don Hansen All-America accolades. National Champion Pitt State led the way by placing eight players on the All-America squad, while national runner-up Wayne (Mich.) State, national semifinalist Delta State and national quarterfinalist New Haven (Conn.) garnered seven individuals apiece.

FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Don Hansen National Coordinator Dan Wilkes, Associate AD/Marketing & Communications at Pittsburg State University, at 620-235-4147 (dwilkes@pittstate.edu).

†  The Boomer Esiason Foundation, which established the Dave Rimington Trophy in 2000 to honor the outstanding NCAA BCS center, expanded that award in 2003 to include the top center on the NCAA FCS, DII, DIII and NAIA All-America squads. The Rimington Trophy web site is located at www.rimingtontrophy.com. Esiason, a high-octane Maryland quarterback, and Rimington, a nonpareil center for Nebraska, were NFL teammates at Cincinnati in the mid-1980s.

In 1993, Esiason created the New York City based foundation that bears his name to raise funds for the treatment and research of cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease his son Gunnar has battled since infancy.

 

2011 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America Team

First Team Offense

POS

NAME

HT

WT

YR

SCHOOL

HOMETOWN

QB

Dane Simoneau

6-3

227

SR

Washburn

Salina, Kan.

FB

Isaiah Whitaker

5-10

195

FR-RS

Lenoir-Rhyne

Salisbury, N.C.

RB

Joe Glendening

5-10

188

JR

Hillsdale

East Grand Rapids, Mich.

RB

Jonas Randolph

5-10

185

SR

Mars Hill

Daleville, Ala.

WR

Trevor Kennedy

6-0

200

SR

Mercyhurst

Akron, Ohio

WR

Thomas Mayo

6-2

200

SR

California (Pa.)

Reston, Va.

WR

Trey McVay

5-9

188

SR

Northeastern State

Muskogee, Okla.

TE

Joe Don Duncan

6-4

270

JR

Dixie State

Corona, Calif.

AP

Jonathan Woodson

5-10

185

JR

Texas A&M-Kingsville

Missouri City, Texas

C

Darrell Leopold

6-2

305

SR

Delta State

Laurel, Miss.

OG

Cody Johnson

6-2

290

SR

NW Missouri State

Jasper, Mo.

OG

Kyle Thornton

6-4

345

SR

North Alabama

Dallas, Texas

OT

Joe Long

6-6

308

SR

Wayne State (Mich.)

Lapeer, Mich.

OT

Amini Silatolu

6-3

320

SR

Midwestern State

Tracy, Calif.

PK

Greg Zuerlein

6-0

190

SR

Missouri Western

Lincoln, Neb.

First Team Defense

POS

NAME

HT

WT

YR

SCHOOL

HOMETOWN

DE

David Bass

6-5

260

JR

Missouri Western

St. Louis, Mo.

DE

Barrington Morrison

6-2

250

SR

Clarion

Pittsburgh, Pa.

DG/DT

Tim Hume

6-1

260

SR

Cheyney

Harrisburg, Pa.

DG/DT

Brandon Williams

6-3

325

JR

Missouri Southern

Kirkwood, Mo.

LB

Nate Dreiling

6-4

228

SO

Pittsburg State

Hutchinson, Kan.

LB

Chad Kilgore

6-1

220

SR

NW Missouri State

Orrick, Mo.

LB

Lee Meisner

6-0

245

Sr

CSU-Pueblo

Sterling, Colo.

CB

Dominique Davenport

5-10

180

SR

Delta State

Baldwyn, Miss.

CB

Mark Sterling

6-0

190

JR

CSU-Pueblo

Colorado Springs, Colo.

S

Jeremy Jones

5-10

189

SR

Wayne State (Mich.)

Grand Rapids, Mich.

S

Brandon Watters

6-0

195

SR

Slippery Rock

Wilkinsburg, Pa.

P

Ethan Kosjer

6-3

195

SR

Fort Hays State

Douglass, Kan.

RS

Janoris Jenkins

5-10

183

SR

North Alabama

Pahokee, Fla.

Second Team Offense

POS

NAME

HT

WT

YR

SCHOOL

HOMETOWN

QB

Micah Davis

6-2

200

SR

Delta State

Wesson, Miss.

FB

Matt Cox

5-11

235

SR

Bloomsburg

Lewisberry, Pa.

RB

David Carter

5-10

225

JR

Morehouse

Marietta, Ga.

RB

Rashaad Slowley

6-0

205

SR

Southern Connecticut State

Mount Vernon, N.Y.

WR

Troy Burrell

5-10

182

SR

Wayne State (Mich.)

Port Huron, Mich.

WR

Jamar Howard

6-4

220

SR

Central Missouri

Cincinnati, Ohio

WR

Jon Meadows

6-1

200

SR

West Virginia Wesleyan

Carroll, Ohio

TE

Kameel Lashley

6-4

246

SR

New Haven

Boston, Mass.

AP

Jordan Roberts

5-11

225

JR

Charleston

Madison, W.Va.

C

Matt Webber

6-1

285

SR

Abilene Christian

Paradise, Texas

OG

David Stedman

6-2

272

SR

New Haven

Hasbrouck Htrs, N.J.

OG

Ken Van Huele

6-4

320

JR

Midwestern State

Hurst, Texas

OT

Ryan Jensen

6-4

290

JR

CSU-Pueblo

Fort Morgan, Colo.

OT

Aaron McGlynn

6-5

323

JR

Kutztown

Harleysville, Pa.

PK

Dan Fisher

6-1

195

SO

Bloomsburg

Liverpool, Pa.

Second Team Defense

POS

NAME

HT

WT

YR

SCHOOL

HOMETOWN

DE

Jonas Celian

6-1

210

JR

West Virginia Wesleyan

N. Lauderdale, Fla.

DE

Tim Green

6-1

215

JR

Lincoln (Pa.)

Fanwood, N.J.

DG/DT

Robbie Mayers

6-3

285

SR

Delta State

Laurel, Miss.

DG/DT

Andre Thomas

6-3

255

SR

Grand Valley State

Detroit, Mich.

LB

Charlie Hatchett

5-11

240

SR

New Haven

Bridgeport, Conn.

LB

Deon Lacey

6-2

208

JR

West Alabama

Brighton, Ala.

LB

Shawn Loiseau

6-1

245

SR

Merrimack

Shreswbury, Mass.

CB

Elijah Davis

5-8

192

SR

Shepherd

Silver Spring, Md.

CB

Justin Oliver

6-1

190

JR

Morehouse

Pennsauken, N.J.

S

Clarence Laster

6-0

190

SR

Southwestern Oklahoma

Hemet, Calif.

S

Derek Lohmann

6-1

210

JR

Emporia State

Alva, Okla.

S

Rontez Miles

6-1

210

JR

California (Pa.)

Braddock, Pa.

P

Scott Groner

6-4

200

JR

Missouri Western

Tecoma, Victoria (Australia)

RS

John Brown

5-11

170

SO

Pittsburg State

Homestead, Fla.

RS

Matt Wilmer

6-0

190

JR

Fairmont State

Keyser, W. Va.

Third Team Offense

POS

NAME

HT

WT

YR

SCHOOL

HOMETOWN

QB

Brandon Kelsey

6-2

203

JR

Midwestern State

Arlington, Texas

FB

Jake Woerner

6-1

220

FR

Brevard

Tiger, Ga.

RB

Nicholas Cooper

6-0

245

SR

Winston-Salem State

Clinton, S.C.

RB

Lyndon Rowells

5-10

200

SR

Humboldt State

Largo, Fla.

WR

Brittan Golden

6-0

185

SR

West Texas A&M

Denver City, Texas

WR

Isaiah Voegeli

6-0

185

JR

Merrimack

Hyannis, Mass.

WR

Landon Zerkel

6-3

215

JR

Missouri Southern

Webb City, Mo.

TE

Kyle Kilgore

6-5

240

JR

NW Missouri State

Orrick, Mo.

AP

Josh Renel

5-9

191

SR

Wayne State (Mich.)

Rochester Hills, Mich.

C

Brandon Link

6-2

290

SR

Concord

Cumberland, Md.

OG

JT Hadden

6-2

295

JR

CSU-Pueblo

Craig, Colo.

OG

Edmund Kugbila

6-4

368

JR

Valdosta State

Lawrenceville, Ga.

OT

Brian Folkerts

6-4

310

SR

Washburn

Florissant, Mo.

OT

Tyler Hodgson

6-6

275

SR

Mars Hill

Woodstock, Ga.

PK

Kyle Major

6-3

230

SR

CSU-Pueblo

Littleton, Colo.

Third Team Defense

POS

NAME

HT

WT

YR

SCHOOL

HOMETOWN

DE

Darel Strong

6-4

250

SR

Clark Atlanta

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

DE

Todd Storm

6-3

250

SR

Michigan Tech

Calumet, Mich.

DE

Gus Toca

6-3

257

JR

Pittsburg State

Blue Springs, Mo.

DG/DT

Jeremy Hall

6-0

269

SO

Stillman

Montgomery, Ala.

DG/DT

Tyrell Higgins

6-3

285

JR

West Texas A&M

Schertz, Texas

LB

Marcus Dowtin

6-2

226

SR

North Alabama

Upper Marlboro, Md.

LB

Prince Simunyu

6-1

230

SR

Brevard

Wake Forest, N.C.

LB

Alex Whitehill

6-3

220

SR

Fort Hays State

McPherson, Kan.

CB

Nick Hixson

6-1

184

SR

Hillsdale

Remus, Mich.

CB

Elijah Olabode

5-10

194

SR

Pittsburg State

Cedar Hill, Texas

CB

Mark Sterling

6-0

190

JR

CSU-Pueblo

Colorado Springs, Colo.

S

Alex Dinolfi

5-9

180

JR

Kutztown

Norristown, Pa.

S

Rashad McRae

5-10

195

SR

Albany State

Douglas, Ga.

P

Marquette King

6-1

191

SR

Fort Valley State

Macon, Ga.

P

Eric Phillips

6-1

186

JR

Truman

Overland Park, Kan.

 
 
Honorable Mention

ALPHABETICAL, BY SCHOOL — Abilene Christian: Taylor Gabriel, WR; Mitchell Gale, QB; Aston Whiteside, DE; Albany State: Jamarkus Gaskins, LB; Ashland: Greg Berkshire, P; Bloomsburg: Franklin Quiteh, RB; California (Pa.): Rishaw Johnson, OG; Carson-Newman: Zeke Andrews, DE; Catawba: CJ Barksdale, DG/DT; Central Missouri: David Cannon, TE; Logan Freeman, OT; Chadron State: Tim Hiett, OG; Concord: Joe Greenway, LB; Delta State: Chance Dennis, WR; Brandon Lucas, AP; Ixavier Triplett, LB; East Central (Okla.): Dontae Smith, RS; East Stroudsburg: Dan Caffrey, OG; Eastern New Mexico: Taylor Cannon, P; Edinboro: Rob Stoner, OG; Elizabeth City State: Daronte McNeil, RB; Ferris State: Tayo Moss, LB; Findlay: Montrae Williams, RB; Fort Valley State: Courtney Daniels, LB; Gannon: Randy Colling, DG/DT; Grand Valley State: James Hardy, C; Hillsdale: Cam White, TE; Humboldt State: Mike Proulx, QB; Indiana (Pa.): Grant Shallock, P; Indianapolis: Ryan Forney, WR; Chris Mills, QB; Kentucky State: Raphaei Amey, WR; Kutztown: John Mastromatto, AP; Lane: Kyle Hurt, DE; Lenoir-Rhyne: Colin Corpe, PK; Chandler Rearden, OT; LIU-CW Post: Kevin Martin, OT; Mars Hill: Nick Allison, OG; Josh Crumpton, TE; Mercyhurst: Ian Wild, LB; Midwestern State: Keidrick Jackson, RB; Justin Tyler, C; Minnesota Duluth: Cody Eich, S; Cody Flesch, OT; Derrik Zappa, LB; Minnesota State: Denis Carter, RS; Missouri Southern: Kenny Smith, DG/DT; Missouri Western: Macon Allan, OT; Michael Hill, RB; Ben Pister, DG/DT; New Mexico Highlands: Jordan Campbell, LB; New Haven: Desmond Anderson, CB; Tom Herd, DE; Ryan Osiecki, QB; Jason Thompson, WR; Nebraska-Kearney: Arthur Hobbs, CB; Jake Spitzlberger, QB; North Alabama: Lee Chapple, QB; Jamie Dixon, C; North Carolina-Pembroke: Travis Daniels, RB; North Greenville: Willy Korn, QB; Jamarius Robinson, S; Northeastern State: Nate Robinson, RS; NW Missouri State: James Franklin III, RB; Josh Lorenson, DG/DT; Jordan Simmons, AP; Pittsburg State: John Brown, WR; Zac Dickey, QB; Chase McCoy, PK; Kell Smalley, OG; Spencer Worthington, DE; Saginaw Valley State: Jonathon Jennings, QB; Frank Toarmina, OG; St. Cloud State: Scott Horvath, C; Shepherd: Steve Jackson, OT; Slippery Rock: Devin Goda, WR; Tarleton State: Dashaun Phillips, CB; Texas A&M-Kingsville: Roderick Benman, DE; Jeremy Aguilar, LB; Tusculum: Deonte Gist, WR; Terrence Smith, DE; Valdosta State: Harrison Dreiling, S; Washburn: DeJuan Beard, WR; Justin Cooper, RB; Greg Schoenberg, FB; Wayne (Mich.) State: Toney Davis, RB; Greg Hasse, DE; Chet Privett, FB; West Alabama: Matthew Willis, RB; West Georgia: Denarius Appling, AP; David Brackett, PK; West Texas A&M: Kevin VanVoris, P; West Virginia Wesleyan: Adam Neugebauer, QB; Western Oregon: Bryce Peila, S; Jason Slowey, OT; Wingate: Chris Bowden; Winston-Salem State: Darrell Billiot, OG; Alton Keaton, S.

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