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2017 Key Statistics: Martin finished the regular season ranked first in the nation in total sacks (15.5), total tackles for loss (26.5), sacks per game (1.4) and tackles for loss per game (2.4) on his way to setting the all-time Division II career records in both sacks and tackles for loss and the NCAA all-division record for sacks … he broke SRU records for single-game sacks (4.5) and single-game tackles for loss (6.5) … finished the year ranked second on the team in total tackles with 82 … forced two fumbles, recovered three fumbles, including one that was returned 74-yards for a touchdown … His 26.5 TFL went for a total loss of 117 yards.
One of the 13 national finalists from all divisions and the only Division II finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy (Academic Heisman) presented by the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame … one of the eight national finalists for the Gene Upshaw Lineman of the Year Award for the second straight year … has already received an invite to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the Rose Bowl in January … PSAC West Defensive Player of the Year for the third straight year … first team All-PSAC West for the fourth straight year … Led the nation in total sacks (15.5), total tackles for loss (26.5), sacks per game (1.4) and tackles for loss per game (2.4) … broke the NCAA all-time Division II records for both sacks and tackles for loss (92.5) and broke the NCAA all-division sack record (56.0) … earned first team preseason All-America honors from every publication this season … team captain … nearly every NFL team sent scouts to SRU to visit Martin this fall.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: First player in PSAC history to win four straight major postseason awards after being named Rookie of the Year in 2014 and Defensive Player of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017 … Just the eighth player in PSAC history to earn four straight first team All-PSAC honors … The only player in the country to be a two-time national finalist for the Gene Upshaw Lineman of the Year Award … NCAA all-time record holder in career sacks among all players at any level with 56.0… NCAA Division II record holder in sacks (56.0) and tackles for loss (92.5) … the next highest totals in Division II history are 46.5 sacks and 77.0 tackles for loss … Three-time Super Region One Player of the Year (Rookie of the Year in 2014, Defensive Player of the Year for both in 2015 and 2016 … 2017 not out yet) … consensus All-American in each of the last two seasons … double-digit All-America honors over the last three years … Two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, including a first team selection as a junior last year … SRU record holder in single-season sacks (ranks first, second and third in that category) … SRU record holder in single-game sacks and TFL and career sacks and TFL … PSAC and Super Region One record holder in both categories … never missed a start, starting in 48 straight games over his career… three-time finalist for Cliff Harris Award … named one of 13 national finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy this year … he is the only Division II finalist and one of only two non-Division I finalists for the award … Martin earns an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and will be honored alongside the College Football Hall of Fame induction class in New York City Dec. 5.
Team Record and Honors: SRU was 8-3 overall in 2017 and at least appeared in the votes section of every AFCA poll released, including the preseason poll and the final regular season poll that came out last week … SRU reached as high as No. 9 in the rankings this season … Over Martin’s four-years in which he never missed a start (48 games), SRU went 36-12 overall, 21-2 at home, won two PSAC titles and made the NCAA playoffs twice.
Coach’s Comment: “Marcus is the best football player I have ever seen at this level in my 22 years of coaching in Division II. While he has the numbers and the NCAA all-time records to show that, he also has a drive I’ve never seen in another player. He works incredibly hard every single day on and off the field and he never settles. You’ll never see him give up on a play or stop running on the field and you’ll almost never see him even come off the field. This year, we even have him playing kick coverages because he just wants to be on the field doing whatever he can to help us win. I don’t think many NFL prospect linemen are playing kickoff coverage, but that is the kind of guy Marcus is. He’s humble and quiet, especially for the success he has had. On top of everything he has earned on the field, to see him be a first team Academic All-American and a finalist for the Campbell Trophy shows you what kind of person he is off of it. We’ve been so lucky he chose our program and we are incredibly proud of him.” (Shawn Lutz)
2017 Key Statistics: A three-time All-MEC First Team selection and two-time All-American, Hights set the Shepherd all-time mark for consecutive starts with 49. He was instrumental in helping Shepherd to three consecutive MEC titles, two Super Region 1 titles and a national runner-up finish in 2015. Hights helped Shepherd to 13-1 records in 2015 and 2016. He anchors an offensive line that ranks fourth nationally in scoring offense, fifth in total offense, and seventh in passing offense.
Career Awards and Accomplishments:
• Has started every game in his career (currently holds the school record with 49 starts)
• D2CCA First Team All-America Team (2016)
• Three-time First Team All-MEC selection (2015, 2016, 2017)
• Two-time All-Region selection (2015, 2016)
• Third Team AP Little All-America Team (2016)
• Third Team Don Hansen All-America Team (2015)
Team Record and Honors:
• Shepherd won MEC titles in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
• Shepherd has compiled a 44-5 mark over his career.
• The Rams won Super Region One titles in 2015 and 2016.
• Shepherd won the Division II Lambert Award in 2016 and 2016.
• The Rams finished as national runner-up in 2015.
Coach’s Comment: “Lavonte Hights has arguably been the most consistent run/pass blocker on the offensive line in my 31 years at Shepherd. He’s been selected as an All-American, multi-year All-Region and All-MEC offensive linemen throughout his playing career. He will also set the all-time record for consecutive starts by season’s end at 47. He also serves as a captain for this year’s 2017 Mountain East Conference Champions.” (Monte Cater)
2017 Key Statistics: Part of an offense that led Division II in scoring offense at 54.5 points per game and ranked fourth in Division II in passing offense, second in first downs.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Collegiate Honors: All-CIAA Second Team (2014), CIAA All-Rookie Team (2014), CIAA Offensive Lineman of the Week (9/28/15), All-CIAA Second Team (2015), Preseason All-CIAA (2016), CIAA Offensive Lineman of the Week (9/4/16), All-CIAA First Team (2016), All-CIAA First Team (2017) and Black College Player of the Year Watch List (2017) and two-time CIAA Offensive Lineman of the Week (9/4/17 and 9/25/17).
Team Record and Honors: Through games of 11/19, Bowie State 10-1 overall ranked #14 in the country.
Coach’s Comment: “Victor is a very coachable young man, very dedicated and committed and positive influence in the community.” (Damon Wilson)
2017 Key Statistics: Vaughan is the anchor of an offensive line that is averaging 438 yards per game.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Vaughan is a two-time All-America selection, along with being a two-time All-Region and All-GSC choice. He has been voted team captain by his teammates for both his junior and senior seasons. Also, Vaughan is started a school record 51 consecutive games. This includes 15 straight at left tackle as a freshman in 2014, and now 36 straight (with more to come) the past three seasons.
Vaughan is three-time member of the GSC Academic Honor Roll, and has been voted to the GSC All-Academic Team. He has already his BBA in Marketing and Management and is currently working toward his master’s degree.
Team Record and Honors: UWG is 9-3 on the season and ranked fourth in NCAA Division II Super Region 2.
Coach’s Comment: “Harley has been a tremendous performer and leader throughout his career. He was earned the respect of his teammates and opponents. Also, he has been a versatile performer for our offensive line throughout his career.” (David Dean)
2017 Key Statistics: Left guard for a Mules team that ranks second in Division II in total offense. Helps protect a quarterback who is the NCAA Division II leader in both passing yards and total offense. Despite a mobile quarterback, Gomez and his linemates have given up 20 sacks in 10 games this season. An excellent run blocker as well, Gomez has opened holes for the Mules running game which is 22nd in the NCAA and third in the MIAA averaging 213.7 yards per game. UCM has set records this season for total yards, with two games totaling more than 700, including a school record 726 against Missouri Southern. The Mules average 5.3 yards per carry and their starting running back ranks 20th in Division II and leads the MIAA with 6.72 yards per rush.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Three-time All-MIAA selection, including first team selection in 2017…In 2016, helped anchor a line that blocked for the MIAA’s No. 1 passing offense, No. 3 scoring and total offense and No. 5 rushing offense and No. 9 passing offense in the NCAA.
Team Record and Honors:
2016: 9-3 – NCAA regional appearance
2014: 8-4 – Live United Texarkana Bowl Champions
Coach’s Comment: “Chris is a four-year starter for us and and has been our most consistent lineman during that time. He is a big, powerful kid who has contributed to numerous record breaking performances over the past four years from running backs to receivers and quarterbacks. In addition, the Mules offense has broken dozens of school records during his time as our starting left guard.” (Jim Svoboda)
2017 Key Statistics: Helped lead team to 10-1 record to date this season … Team ranked among top 10 teams in country and has won eight consecutive games … Team reached fourth-straight NCAA Playoff appearance … Starting center … Has started every game this fall … Helped team rank among nation’s rushing leaders … Leader of offensive line that has battled injury issues this fall … Standout performer up front for one of nation’s top offensive units.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Preseason All-America candidate … AFCA Good Works Team Member this fall … Returning two-time All-American … 2016 Gene Upshaw Award nominee as the top lineman in the country … Has earned All-America honors from multiple sources each of the last two years in 2015 and 2016 … Two-Time All-Super Region Four honoree … Four-Time All-GLIAC selection … Four-year letterwinner … Helped lead team to 10-1 record to date this year & top 10 national ranking … Team Captain … Earned all-conference first team accolades each of the last two years … Three-Time GLIAC All-Academic Team selection … Leader of one of the nation’s top offensive lines … Dominating run blocker … Team has averaged 500 yards per game or better of total offense each of the last three seasons … Key reason team has been ranked among the GLIAC and national leaders in rushing and total offense over the past three years.
Team Record and Honors: Helped lead team to two conference championships in his career and three NCAA Playoff berths with potential for fourth this seasaon … Played lead role as team captain last fall as FSU reached the 2016 NCAA Division II National Semifinals … Staring member of team that captured the D2 Super Region Four Championship in 2016 … Led team to a 42-6 mark over the last four years as the squad’s starting center … Started every game at center the past three seasons as Bulldogs compiled a 31-5 record to date … Helped lead team on a school-record 28-game regular-season unbeaten streak … Helped team win first NCAA playoff game in 19 years in 2015 … Led team to a school-record 12 victories in 2016 along with a second-ever national semifinal appearance
Coach’s Comment: “Jake has been such a great leader on our offensive line and his development over the past four years has played a key role in our continued and sustained success. He’s a dominating player at the line of scrimmage and really has played a big role in the success of our offense. We’re fortunate to have not only a great player, but such an outstanding person who is making a big impact in his community as one of our team captains and leaders.” (Tony Annese)
2017 Key Statistics: Anchors the left side of the nation’s 21st best rushing offense (220.6 yards per game) and 14th best passing attack (292.7 yards per game). Blocks for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s top total offense and scoring offense and the league’s top rusher, Ja’Quan Gardner.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Cappa is a four-time All-GNAC First Team selection and was a unanimous selection in 2017…Won his record fourth consecutive GNAC Offensive Lineman of the Year Award.
(2016) Played in 11 games … Named D2football.com preseason All-American … All- GNAC First Team selection … Tabbed the GNAC GNAC Offensive Lineman of the Year … Earned D2CCA First Team All-Region … Named AFAC All-American First Team … Selected as a representative on the Associated Press Little All-America Second Team … Earned Hero Sports All-American First Team (2015) Named a D2CCA Second Team All-American … Collected Don Hansen Honorable Mention All-American honors … Selected to the D2CCA All-Region Team and the Don Hansen All-Super Region First Team … Tabbed the GNAC Offensive Lineman of the Year and was a unanimous All-GNAC First Team selection … Played in 12 games … Earned GNAC All-Academic Team honors (2014) Played in 10 games … Was named a unanimous First Team All-GNAC selection … Named the GNAC Offensive Lineman of the Year (2013) Redshirted.
Team Record and Honors: HSU has a 6-1 overall record and ranks second in the GNAC standings. HSU is currently the No.18 team in the country and the fifth seed in Super Region 4 rankings.
Coach’s Comment: “Alex is a “check every box” type of player for us. Expected to be four-time unanimous Lineman of the Year in conference as voted by opposing coaches, 1st team All-American in 2016, a first-in, last-out guy when it comes to the weight room, team leader both in the classroom and as three year team captain as voted by teammates.” (Rob Smith)
2017 Key Statistics:
– Leads Minnesota State in tackles for loss with 17.5 and in sacks with 11.0.
– Returned a fumble recovery 12 yards for a touchdown vs. Winona State.
– Has 44 tackles this season, including a season-high seven tackles against the University of Mary.
Career Awards and Accomplishments:
– Has 133 career tackles at Minnesota State, including 43 tackles for a loss.
– Is fourth all-time at Minnesota State in career sacks with 26.
– His 43 tackles for a loss are tied for fifth all-time at Minnesota State.
– Named to the Don Hansen Super Region Three Third Team and the NSIC South Division First Team in 2016.
– Named the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week.
– Has played in 47 of Minnesota State’s 48 games during the last four seasons, including 33 starts in MSU’s last 33 games.
Team Record and Honors:
– Minnesota State owns a 12-0 record this season and recently received the #1 ranking in the AFCA poll for this first time in more than two seasons.
– During his four seasons at Minnesota State, the Mavericks have posted a combined record 45-6, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament and an appearance in the NCAA Championship game in 2014.
– Have won three NSIC Championships during his four seasons and three NSIC South Division championships.
Coach’s Comment: “Evan is a senior captain who shows up in a big way on video tape. Evan is a dominant run stopper with the speed and athleticism to rush the passer. Evan is also our most active and effective playmaker on defense. He has a great physical presence and lead’s our team by example both on and off the field.” (Todd Hoffner)
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