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baarluckyLucky Baar
McKendree | DE | Sr.
6-2 | 250 | Chicago, Ill.

2016 Key Statistics: 34 solo tackles, 21 assisted tackles, 55 total tackles (led all McKendree defensive linemen in tackles for the season); 21.5 tackles for loss or 124 yards (led team); 17.5 quarterback sacks for loss of 114 yards (led team), 6 QB hurries, 2 forced fumbles

Career Awards and Accomplishments: Lucky was a four-year starter at defensive end for the Bearcats…he is McKendree’s career leader in both tackles for loss (64.5) and quarterback sacks (46.5)…he became the NCAA Division II career leader in quarterback sacks with the last sack of his career vs. Truman State on Nov. 12…is also tied for the Bearcats’ career lead in forced fumbles with eight….was named the 2014 Great Lakes Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year…is a three-time first-team All-Conference honoree, having earned the honor again in 2016…was named to the 2014 AP Little All-America team…was a finalist for the 2014 Cliff Harris Award…had 12 multi-sack games in his McKendree career.

Team Record and Honors: McKendree is 24-17 during Lucky’s career….the Bearcats won eight games in 2015 and again in 2016, which is the program’s highest win total since joining NCAA Division II in 2012…helped McKendree to a second-place finish in the final GLVC standings in 2015 (6-2)….2014 Great Lakes Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year…2014 AP Little All-America selection…three-time first-team All-GLVC honoree on the defensive line…was a finalist for the 2014 Cliff Harris Award.

Coach’s Comment: “Lucky has been an anchor for us along the defensive line ever since he came to McKendree. He brings not only great talent to the field, but a work ethic that helps him get better every time he steps on the field. Lucky has an explosive step off the line and has great technique that has allowed him to have one of the best careers ever for a defensive player in McKendree history.” (Head Coach Mike Babcock)

 

batemanPeter Bateman
Minnesota Duluth | OT | Sr.
6-6 | 285 | La Crescent, Minn.

2016 Key Statistics: Anchors a line that has paved the way for an offense that has accumulated the second-most overall yards (542.7 yards per game), second-most first downs (299) and fifth-most points (46.8 points per game) in the nation … Has graded out at 92 percent or better in all 11 games to date … Has allowed one sack — the only one of his 50-game career.

Career Awards and Accomplishments: Rated as the No. 1 NCAA II offensive tackle in the country by Hero Sports this past September … Was a 2016 D2Football.com Preseason All-American … Is the first UMD offensive lineman to ever earn All-NSIC first or second team honors four times (first team in 2016, 2015 and 2014 and second team in 2013)  … Has started in all 50 games over the last four seasons and UMD is 43-7 during that time … Attained USA College Football All-American and Don Hansen All-American recognition one year ago … Captained the Bulldogs to their ninth straight NSIC North Division title in 2016.

Team Record and Honors: Owners of a 10-game winning streak and a 10-1 overall record …. Are ranked 13th in latest AFCA II Poll. …. 2016 NSIC North Division champion … have earned an NCAA II playoff berth for the third time in Peter’s four-year career.

Coach’s Comment: “Peter has been a dominant lineman for us for the past four seasons. In my opinion, he’s the best there is at our level and a testament to that is we’ve had 30 NFL scouts up on campus this fall — some making three or more trips — to watch and evaluate him. Peter is a lot like Garth Heikkinen (the 2012 Gene Upshaw Award recipient from UMD) in that he’s a powerful athlete with a high football IQ who has few equals when it comes to finishing plays. As as a pass protector, Peter has been phenomenal. He’s such a coachable kid and you can’t help but admire his tremendous work ethic and his almost insatiable desire to get better every week.” (Curt Wiese)

 

sb_9227-donahue_dylanDylan Donahue
West Georgia | DE | Sr.
6-3 | 244 | Billings, Mont.

2016 Key Statistics: Ended regular season with 14.0 QB sacks and 20.5 TFL; both totals are tops in theGulf South Conference and rank in the Top 10 nationally in NCAA Division II. Donahue was voted Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and captured his second straight All-GSC First Team berth.

Career Awards and Accomplishments: Was All-GSC, All-Super Region II, and All-America as a junior in 2015. He has surpassed all last year’s numbers with this year’s performance. He holds UWG school records for both single season QB sacks (13.5 in 2016) and career sacks (24.5). He enters final game tied for all-time Gulf South Conference single season record for quarterback sacks. 

Team Record and Honors: UWG finished season with a 7-4 record and ranked ninth in region. Team has spent much of the season nationally ranked, but has dropped out of ratings in recent weeks.

Coach’s Comment: “Dylan has been a tremendous performer for us throughout his career. He is constantly double-and-triple teamed, and has still posted record numbers. He truly has a non-stop motor. He has grown tremendously as a leader, on-and-off the field, throughout his career here.” (Will Hall)

 

evans-stephenStephen Evans
North Alabama | LT | Sr.
6-4 | 290 | Boston, Mass.

2016 Key Statistics: First-team All-Gulf South Conference for the second straight year…Started all nine games for a UNA team that is ranked No. 1 in the region and No. 7 in the nation…Top offense in the Gulf South Conference, averaging 40.4 points per game…449.4 average total offense with 205.0 rushing and 244.4 passing…Moved to left tackle this year after earning All-American honors at guard last year and never missed a beat.

Career Awards and Accomplishments: Earned first-team All-Gulf South Conference, first-team D2CCA All-Super Region 2, first-team Don Hansen All-Super Region 2 and All-American in 2015 at right guard…Four-year letterman and two-year starter after walking on at UNA in 2012…Has been a part of four straight GSC championship teams and four straight NCAA playoff teams.

Team Record and Honors: UNA is 8-1 overall and claimed the 2016 Gulf South Conference Championship with a 7-0 GSC mark…Team is first in the 46-year history of the GSC to win four straight football titles…Lions are also No. 1 in the region and will make their fourth straight post-season appearance…has played on UNA teams with a combined 36-9 record.

Coach’s Comment: “Stephen has been a great player for us for four years and he has improved tremendously each year to become one of the best offensive linemen in the country. He is very versatile and athletic and has played guard and tackle for us. He is also big and strong, has a great demeanor, is smart and is a great leader on our team.” (Bobby Wallace)

 

antonio-green-300Antonio Green
Sioux Falls | OG
6-3 | 294 | Dublin, Ga.

2016 Key Statistics: Named pre-season All-American by Lindy’s Sports Magazine and Game Plan in summer 2016…already in 2016, has earned a third straight first team All-NSIC honor, just one of two in school history… graded out at average of 89 percent with 90 knockdowns and no sacks allowed for #4 University of Sioux Falls that is 11-0 and champions of the NSIC…key player on team that ranks first in NSIC with just 10 allowed sacks this seasons and ranks third in NCAA DII rushing offense at 323. 2 per game and third in NCAA DII in total offense at 532.0 yards per game. USF, which leads NCAA DII by nearly a full yard per carry at 7.26, leads the NSIC in both rushing and total offense. He is part of a group up front that has had six games of 300 yards or more rushing and three over 400 yards on the ground. The offense has the two leading per carry rushers (Max Mickey, 9.1; Luke Papilion, 7.79) in NCAA DII. USF’s 3,555 rushing yards is the best in school history plus its 5,852 total yards is the third straight season of 5K yards, all while Green has been on the offensive front. The total yards is the most in the D2 era and highest total since reaching NAIA title game in 2010, 6076.

Career Awards and Accomplishments: In two plus seasons at USF, has graded out at 88 percent, allowing just 1.5 sacks while recording 190.5 knockdowns…in 2015 graded out at 88 percent, allowing no sacks with 54 knockdowns…already in Named pre-season All-American by Lindy’s Sports Magazine and Game Plan in summer of 2016…candidate for the Gene Upshaw Award in 2015…named to CCA DII All-Region Team…a three-time NSIC All-Conference First Team honoree…named to the Don Hansen All-Super Region Three Team in 2015…member of one of the nation’s top offensive lines as HERO Sports named the USF offensive line #4 in NCAA in 2015…member of offensive line that only allowed five sacks all year, good for 1st in NCAA Division II.

Team Record and Honors: NSIC champ University of Sioux Falls is 11-0 and 7-0 in the NSIC South, 1st. The Cougars are the #4 team in AFCA.com poll, #5 in D2football.com poll, #5 in NCAA Power Poll. Green has helped USF to a 31-4 record while he has been at the school.

Coach’s Comment: “Antonio is one of the best offensive linemen that we have had at this school. Smart and aggressive, he is part of a stellar group that has produced big, including a 1,000-yard back in Max Mickey in seven games and now has over 1,300 yards in nine games. We have three backs rushing for 7.2 yards or better. Antonio protects our quarterback exceptionally well and he is used in a variety of blocking scheme. Talented yes and he is a great student who shows leadership every day.” (Jed Stugart)

 

44-marcus-martinMarcus Martin
Slippery Rock | DE | RJr.
6-3 | 245 | West Mifflin, Pa.

2016 Key Statistics: 18.5 TFL for loss of 81 yards … 9.0 sacks for loss of 59 yards … 64 total tackles … 12 additional QB hurries … 1 blocked kick … shattered all-time Slippery Rock and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference career records for sacks and tackles for loss during junior season … racked up these numbers against the nation’s seventh toughest strength of schedule (.598 cumulative win percentage among 11 opponents) and while consistently seeing double teams.

Career Awards and Accomplishments: 2016 Lindy’s Sports Preseason Division II Defensive Player of the Year … 2016 PSAC West Defensive Player of the year for the second straight year … 2016 First Team All-PSAC for third straight year … 2015 Super Region One Defensive Player of the Year and PSAC West Defensive Player of the Year … 2014 Super Region One Rookie of the Year and PSAC West Freshman of the Year … more than 10 All-America honors for his play on the field over the first two years of his career … 2015 Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-America … on the national ballot for 2016 Academic All-America honors after earning first team Academic All-District for second straight year … After his junior season, Martin currently ranks sixth all-time in NCAA Division II history in career sacks with 40.5 and ninth all-time in tackles for loss with 66.0 … he owns the SRU and PSAC career records with those numbers … with another full season to play, Martin is on pace to break the NCAA Division II all-time records in both sacks (currently 46.5) and tackles for loss (currently 77.0) … He currently ranks second among all active players at the Division II level in sacks per game (1.09) and tackles for loss per game (1.78) over his career, which includes 37 consecutive starts at defensive end … no other junior at the Division II level has more than 25.5 career sacks as of Nov. 17 … no other junior at any level of NCAA football has more than 33.0 career sacks (Adrian Fuller of D3 Adrian) as of Nov. 17.

Team Record and Honors: Slippery Rock battled through injuries to 13 starters throughout the year to post its eighth straight winning season … The Rock finished the year 7-4 with two of those losses coming on the road at top 11 ranked opponents in the latest national poll and three of the losses coming on the road … two of the losses also came on final possessions of games by a combined six points … SRU won the PSAC Championship and reached the NCAA playoffs in each of the first two years of Martin’s Career … The Rock are 28-9 in the 37 career games Martin has started … SRU has ranked in the top 10 in the nation in each of his three years in rush defense, holding opponents under 100 rushing yards per game … this season SRU ranks seventh in the nation against the run, allowing just 82.5 yards per game and 2.6 yards per carry.

Coach’s Comment: “Marcus Martin is one of the best players at any position I have ever seen at this level and certainly the best I have ever had the privilege to coach. His numbers on the field and the accolades he has earned speak for themselves, but what’s even more impressive to our staff is the person that he is. Not only is he one of the best football players in the country, but he’s also an Academic All-American and a guy that works hard in the classroom. He quietly goes about his business on and off the field and he’s extremely humble for a guy that has a resume as outstanding as his already is. His single focus is to make himself and his teammates better every day. Marcus is the perfect role model for what we want our football players to be.”  (Shawn Lutz)

 

morgan-jordan-2016Jordan Morgan
Kutztown | LT | Sr.
6-4 | 320 | Philadelphia, Pa.

2016 Key Statistics: 2016 PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Year as an offensive lineman – first OL in PSAC history to win Athlete of Year award … 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl invite – sixth player ever in PSAC history to earn invite to top senior bowl in NCAA … blocked for two school rushing records in KU’s last 18 games, including the program’s first 400-yard game last year and a record 459 yards this season … School-record span of four straight games not allowing a sack … Only missed one game in his career and started at left tackle in 43 of KU’s 44 games in his career, including a career-ending streak of 24 consecutive starts … KU ranked second in PSAC, 24th in Division II, in sacks allowed at 1.27 per game … Consensus Preseason All-America.

Career Awards and Accomplishments: Consensus 2015 All-America First Team, including AP Little First Team – first for KU since first-round NFL draftee John Mobley in 1996 … 2014 Honorable Mention All-America … 3x All-PSAC East First Team …  KU set single-season total offense record in 2015, and single-game points scored record in 2014 … 2x Team Captain (2015, 2016).

Team Record and Honors: KU went 7-4 overall and a school-record 7-0 in the PSAC East. It won the PSAC East title for the third time in program history and set the school-record for rushing yards in a game by a team and individual on Oct. 15.

Coach’s Comment: “He’s an extremely physical presence. He’s a mauler in the run game, and has excellent feet in the pass game. He hasn’t given up a sack in as long as I can recall, and he’s just one of those players that plays through the whistle.” (Jim Clement)

 

sidney-omamehSydney Omameh
Grand Valley State | DE | Sr.
6-4 | 255 | Columbus, Ohio

2016 Key Statistics: Senior DE Sydney Omameh earned 2016 All-GLIAC honors…Has 38 tackles and leads the squad in TFL with 12.5 (-68) and QB sacks with 10.5 (-63)…Ranks second in the GLIAC and 14th nationally in QB sacks and ranks sixth in TFL…Recorded four tackles and a TFL (-1) at Saginaw Valley State (11/5)…Notched six tacles and a TFL (-6) vs. Findlay (10/29)…Tallied five tackles, 4.0 QB sacks (-26) and4.0 TFL (-26) at Hillsdale (10/22). 4.0 QB sacks is the 3rd best single-game total in GVSU history…Recorded three tackles, a TFL and recovered a fumble vs. Ferris (10/8)…Notched eight tackles, 2.5 TFL (-20) and 2.0 QB sacks (-16)…Recorded a QB sack (-11) and a TFL (-11) at Walsh (9/24)…Tallied three total tackles, 2.0 QB sacks (-9) and 2.0 TFL (-9) vs. Northern Michigan (9/17)…Recorded three tackles, a QB sack (-2) and a TFL (-2) in his first game with the Lakers vs. Tiffin (9/1).

Career Awards and Accomplishments: 2014: First Team All-GLIAC…Daktronics Second Team All-Region…BSN Third Team All-Region…Tallied 62 tackles (17.0 TFL) and 8.5 sacks while forcing three fumbles…Ranked third in GLIAC in sacks and tackles for loss…Notched season-high 13 tackles (1.5 TFL) at Ferris State (11/29)…Recorded 10 tackles (1.5 TFL) against Malone (9/6)…Tallied with eight tackles (3.0 TFL) and two sacks against Saginaw Valley (11/8)…Had a tackle for loss in 11 of 13 games.

2013: Second Team All-GLIAC…First Team All-Ohio Division II selection…Appeared in all 11 games, recording 40 tackles…Led the team with 13.5 tackles for loss …Second on the team in sacks with seven…Also led the team with three blocked kicks…Recorded seven tackles, including three tackles for loss, a forced fumble, and two blocked kicks in a win over Malone (11/16)…Finished with six tackles (3.5 for loss) and 2.5 sacks at Tiffin (11/2)…Also forced two fumbles.

Team Record and Honors: Grand Valley State is 10-0 and ranked #2 in latest AFCA Coaches’ Poll…GVSU claimed the 2016 GLIAC Championship and is ranked #1 in the NCAA Super Region 4 rankings.

Coach’s Comment: “Sydney has been a great addition to our program, both as a player and as a teammate. He bought in the Grand Valley State process and how we do things immediately and was so accepting of what we do as a program.” (Matt Mitchell)

 

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