Please rank your selections 1 through 8 with “1” being awarded to your No. 1 selection, “2” being awarded to your No. 2 selection, etc. You MAY vote for your own student-athlete.

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Oscar Ghasab
Shippensburg | RT 
6-3 | 290 | Allentown, Pa.

2017 Key Statistics: 8 GP, 8 GS. Starting right tackle in all eight games. SHIP is fourth in PSAC in allowing just 11 sacks through 8 games…SHIP is 15th in D2 in total offense, 32nd in D2 in rushing offense…SHIP has two RBs with 90+ carries and 400+ yards…elected team captain during preseason by his peers.

Career Awards and Accomplishments: Ranks fifth among active PSAC players with 39 career starts…2017 Team Captain…anchored multiple spots along line during 4 years as a starter.

Team Record and Honors: 7-1, 4-1 PSAC East. 9th in initial SR1 rankings.

Coach’s Comment: “Oscar Ghasab is a line coaches dream. He started games as a redshirt freshman and has been a full-time starter at both tackle and guard for 3 years. His work ethic is substantial. He has great push.He brutalizes opponents on down blocks. His is an athletic pass protector with a great punch. He runs our units culture and those that follow him will have an exceptional experience because of him. He has a great thirst to learn. His desire to be a research biologist takes a great deal of effort and he will not miss a thing at football. (Offensive Line Coach Pete Lee)

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Eliot Leubner
  New Haven | OL
6-6 | 310 | Rochester, N.Y. 

2017 Key Statistics: Has started all eight games … key part of the Chargers averaging over 366 yards per game … including 114.5 rushing yards and 251.6 passing yards per game … the Chargers offense has finished all but one game with 200 or more passing yards, including a season-high 328 in the season opener at Shaw. The O-Line has given up just 13 sacks on the season.

Career Awards and Accomplishments:
2014 – NE10 All-Rookie Team
2015 – USA College Football All-America First Team Offense, NE10 All-Conference Second Team
2016 – NE10 All-Conference Second Team

Team Record and Honors: 6-2 overall, tied for second in the NE10

Coach’s Comment: “Eliot has been a four year starter on our Offensive Line and serves as one of our captains. He is a leader on and off the field. He has been instrumental in an offensive line that has protected our QB Ajee Patterson throughout his career, allowing him to throw for more than 6,000 yards over the past three seasons combined.”

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Zack Williams
Ohio Dominican | LT 
6-3 | 275 | Hilliard, Ohio

2017 Key Statistics: Has not allowed a sack this season…Entire offensive line has allowed just 11 sacks in 283 dropbacks…ODU ranks fourth in Division II in passing offense (338.4), 12th in total offense (493.9) and 32nd in scoring offense (35.4)…ODU is also 17th in red zone offense (90.3%) and has allowed 30th fewest tackles for loss in D-II.

Career Awards and Accomplishments: Will make 41st career start on 11/4…2015 All-GLIAC at left tackle…Trio of Academic All-GLIAC awards…Started at right tackle as redshirt freshman in 2014 when ODU was ranked No. 4 in nation and reached regional final.

Team Record and Honors: 5-3 entering Nov. 4 contest against Kentucky Wesleyan…Panthers were ranked in AFCA Preseason Poll…Only losses were to #8 California, Ashland and two-time defending Ivy league champion FCS Penn.

Coach’s Comment: “Zack has been a consistent competitor on our offensive line for the past four years. He has continually improved during his time here at Ohio Dominican. He is a tough and hard nosed player who has worked extremely hard over the past four years.” (Kelly Cummings)

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George Shipp
West Chester | DE 
6-1 | 225 | Harleysville, Pa.

2017 Key Statistics:
10 Games Played 
38 tackles (25 solo, 13 assist) 
12 tackles for loss, 55 TFL yards 
7.5 sacks 
2 pass break ups 
5 quarterback hurries 
1 forced fumble

Career Awards and Accomplishments:
2016: Appeared in four games… started one game… recorded 6.0 total tackles and 2.0 sacks… registered a sack against ESU… recorded four tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack against Millersville.

2015: Appeared in and started all 11 games … ranked ninth on the team in tackles with 30 … had 15 solo and 15 assisted stops … registered 4.0 tackles for a loss, including 2.5 sacks … recorded a safety against Bloomsburg, sacking the QB in the end zone … also credited with a QB hurry, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble … registered a career-high six tackles in that Bloomsburg game … also credited with a pair of sacks … forced a fumble against the Huskies … tied a career-high with four unassisted tackles as well … tied career best with four assisted tackles in PSAC Championship Game … posted five tackles in all that game … had four tackles at Mercyhurst, including three assisted stops … recorded three tackles against both Lenoir-Rhyne and Shippensburg … recovered a fumble at Lock Haven … credited with a QB hurry at Shippensburg … had a pair of solo tackles against both Seton Hill and Lock Haven.

2014: Appeared in 13 games … made three starts … posted 15 tackles on the year … registered six unassisted tackles and nine assisted stops … made first career start opposite Kutztown … posted three tackles for a loss, including a pair of sacks … recorded a season-high five tackles against Millersville … registered a season-best four assisted stops in that contest … made four unassisted tackles at Kutztown … recorded a pair of assisted tackles against Lock Haven and Shippensburg … also picked up assisted stops against New Haven and Bloomsburg … credited with a pair of sacks against Kutztown … credited with one-half a tackle for a loss against both Millersville and Shippensburg.

Team Record and Honors: West Chester’s team record: 8-2
West Chester won the PSAC Eastern Division

Coach’s Comment: “George has been our most outstanding defensive lineman this year. He has come back from injury and has taken over a leadership role on the defense and he has been tremendously productive” (Bill Zwaan)

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Marcus Martin
Slippery Rock | DE 
6-2 | 255 | West Mifflin, Pa.

2017 Key Statistics: Leads the nation in total sacks (14.0), total tackles for loss (24.5), sacks per game (1.4) and tackles for loss per game (2.5) … broke the NCAA all-time Division II records for both sacks and tackles for loss and broke the NCAA all-division sack record (54.5 and counting) … broke SRU single-game records for sacks (4.5 vs. Clarion) and tackles for loss (6.5 vs. Clarion) this season … second on the SRU team with 73 total tackles from the DE position … also has two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned 74 yards for a touchdown … named the only Division II national finalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy (Academic Heisman) presented by the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame … earned first team preseason All-America honors from every publication this season … three-time PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week … team captain … more than 25 NFL teams have visited campus so far this fall to see him.

Career Awards and Accomplishments: The only returning national finalist of the eight finalists last year for the Gene Upshaw Lineman of the Year Award … NCAA all-time record holder in career sacks among all players at any level with 54.5 and counting … NCAA Division II record holder in sacks (54.5) and tackles for loss (90.5 and counting) … the next highest totals in Division II history are 46.5 sacks and 77.0 tackles for loss … Three-time PSAC West and three-time Super Region One Player of the Year (Rookie of the Year for both in 2014, Defensive Player of the Year for both in 2015 and 2016) … 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 … has never missed a start, starting in 47 straight games and counting … 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 … PSAC Top 10 honoree … PSAC Scholar-Athlete in each year … will graduate in December with degree in safety management and a minor in business administration.

Team Record and Honors: SRU is 8-2 overall and ranked fifth in the latest Super Region One rankings released by the NCAA … The Rock have at least appeared in the votes section of every AFCA poll released this year and reached as high as No. 9 in the rankings … Over Martin’s four-years in which he has never missed a start (47 games), SRU is 36-11 overall, 21-2 at home, has won two PSAC titles and made the NCAA playoffs twice, with a third trip a possibility this fall.

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)

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Claudy Mathieu
Notre Dame College | DL
6-6 | 250 | Philadelphia, Pa.

2017 Key Statistics: 54 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks (7 solo, 3 assisted), 3 forced fumbles.

Career Awards and Accomplishments: Named First Team All-MEC in 2016 and Second Team All-MEC in 2015…Holds the school record for tackles for a loss (43.5) and sacks (26).

Team Record and Honors: Team is 8-2

Coach’s Comment: “I couldn’t be more proud of all that Claudy has accomplished on the football field. What makes his story and success even better is the growth as a person that he has shown off the field. I look forward to May when he will be the first person in his family to graduate college.” (Mike Jacobs)

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Taylor Nikithser
California (Pa.) | Center
6-4 | 300 | Wexford, Pa.

2017 Key Statistics: Started all 10 games at center … Helps anchor a line for an offense that averages 33.7 points per game … Vulcans have rushed for nearly 1,000 yards as a team despite the loss of an All-PSAC West First-Team running back after four games … Team has recorded a pair of four-game winning streaks with only two losses coming on the road to nationally-ranked opponents

Career Awards and Accomplishments: Three-year starter at center with 35 career starts (33 consecutive) … Two-year team captain (2016, 2017) … 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy Semifinalist … 2016 CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-American … 2016 Football Gazette All-America Honorable Mention … 2016 consensus all-region honoree (D2CCA Second Team, Football Gazette First Team) … Two-time All-PSAC West selection (First Team 2016, Second Team 2015) … 2016 PSAC Champion Scholar

Team Record and Honors: Helped lead team to at least eight wins for the fourth-consecutive season (8-2) … California finished tied for second in PSAC West standings (5-2) in 2017 … Helped lead program to an undefeated regular season in 2016, capped by the school’s PSAC Championship since 2008 … Vulcans also made first NCAA Playoff appearance last year for first time since 2011 and advanced to the regional championship as the top seed

Coach’s Comment: “Taylor is a true leader and ambassador of our program both on and off the field. He has been a two-year team captain and performances at an all-conference level, while still finding time to truly emphasize the student in student-athlete.” (Gary Dunn)

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William Iacobucci
Alderson-Broaddus | OT 
6-5 | 335 | Falls Church, Va.

2017 Key Statistics: Iacobucci plays on the offensive line for the Battlers and has made 10 starts .. Has helped the AB offense tally 405.7 yards per game

Career Awards and Accomplishments: In his 4-year career at AB, Iacobucci has been a three-year starter … Helped 2016 RB Brandon Jones finish with nearly 4,200 rushing for his career … AB finished 9-2 in 2016 and were G-MAC Champions … … 25 wins in four years with the Battlers … Named to G-MAC All-Conference team in 2016

Team Record and Honors:

2-7 in 2017

Coach’s Comment: “Will has been a huge asset for us on the offensive line over these past few seasons. He has been a leader and a captain for us and we are lucky to have him.” (Sal Dewalt)

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Andrew Alten
Findlay | LG
6-2 | 308 | Loveland, Ohio

2017 Key Statistics:
-Has started in nine of the team’s ten games
-Helping block for an offense that ranks third in the nation with 525.4 yards per game
-Tied for first in the country, allowing just 0.50 sacks per game
-Offense ranks fourth in the nation in rushing offense (286.8)
-Offense ranks second in the country in scoring (49.9 ppg)
-Offense ranks second in the country in first downs (276)
-Offense is getting third downs at 55.6%, second in the country

Career Awards and Accomplishments:
-2017 Lindy’s Preseason First Team All-American
-2016 First Team All-GLIAC
-2016 Second Team All-Region
-2016 Helped pave the way for an offense that, for the first time in school history, featured a quarterback with 2,500+ passing yards, a receiver with 1,000+ receiving yards, and a tailback with 1,000+ rushing yards in the same season.
-Has started in 39 games for Findlay
-Has maintained a 3.90 cumulative GPA while earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Information Processing

Team Record and Honors: 
-9-1
-Ranked No. 21 in the country
-Have won eight straight contests for the first time since 1997
-Offense has scored the second-most points in a season in school history and have at minimum one game left to play

Coach’s Comment: “Andrew has the rare blend that coaches crave. He has the physical, technical, and intellectual ability to take over a game from the left guard position. It gets even better when he leaves the field. His academic body of work puts him at the top of the class and his character and work ethic are second to none. If my two boys turn out to be half the person that Andrew Alten is, then my wife and I will have seen great success as parents.” (OL Coach Kory Allen)

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Charlie Long
Gannon | Center
6-3 | 285 | Poway, Calif.

2017 Key Statistics: 9 Games Played … 9 Starts at center … anchors an offensive line that has paved the way for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s top-ranked team in rushing offense (276.3) and total offense (477.5) … ranks fifth among all NCAA Division II programs in rushing offense and 14th in total offense … ranks second among PSAC teams in third-down percentage conversion (49.6), second in scoring offense (38.7) and fourth in first downs (224) … paved the way for junior Marcus Jones, who leads all levels of the NCAA in rushing yards per game (198.2) and rushing yards (1,982) … Jones tops all NCAA Division II players in rushing yards per carry (8.54), rushing touchdowns (27), scoring (17.4) and total touchdowns (29) … Long has been a key blocker for Jones, who has been featured in Sports Illustrated, been shown as one of the NCAA Division II top weekly plays twice, named D2football.com Offensive Player of the Week twice, named PSAC Offensive Player of the Week three times and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Offensive Player of the Week four times.

Career Awards and Accomplishments:
Has played in 20 games during the last two seasons since transferring to Gannon, starting all 20 … named a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Scholar-Athlete every year … helped the Gannon offense rank fifth among PSAC teams and 43rd nationally in rushing yards per game (187.8) last year as a junior during his first year at Gannon… paved the way for a rushing attack that produced a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game twice last year … pass blocked for Zach Phillips, who threw for the eighth-most yards (1,724) in program history last year … anchored an offensive line that has helped Gannon average 361.8 rushing yards, 419.4 yards of total offense and 31.1 points during the last two years with him as a Golden Knight.

Team Record and Honors:  4-6 overall, 3-4 PSAC West.

Coach’s Comment: “Charlie is one of the toughest and most intelligent student-athletes I’ve ever coached. He actually has more on his plate than our quarterbacks in terms of calling out blocking schemes and plays at the line of scrimmage. We have that much confidence in him in terms of his knowledge of the game, opponent and situation. In addition to all those physical attributes, Charlie is a great teammate. He is a great leader who has led our group of men on and off the field at the highest level. Charlie is definitely deserving of any and all honors bestowed to him.” (Brad Rzyczycki)

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Lavonte Hights
  Shepherd | OL
6-4 | 300 | North Chesterfield, Va.

2017 Key Statistics: Starting left tackle for the second-ranked 9-0 Rams … anchors an offensive line that helps Shepherd rank fourth nationally in total offense, sixth in scoring offense, team passing efficiency, and scoring offense, while also ranking seventh in passing offense

Career Awards and Accomplishments:
• Has started every game in his career (currently holds the school record with 47 starts)
• D2CCA First Team All-America Team (2016)
• Two-time First Team All-MEC selection (2015, 2016)
• 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 43-4 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)

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Jemal Averette
  IUP | DT 
6-2 | 288 | Upper Marlboro, Md.

2017 Key Statistics: Leads IUP linemen with 37 total tackles from his DT spot … Has 7.0 tackles-for-loss and 3.0 sacks … Has blocked two kicks … One forced fumble … 3.0 tackles-for-loss and a sack against #16 California (PA) … Also had season-high seven tackles against Cal … Blocked kicks came in back-to-back games against Cheyney and Edinboro

Career Awards and Accomplishments: Two-time All-Super Region 1 third team selection (2015, 2016) … Two-time All-PSAC West selection (2015 first, 2016 second)

Team Record and Honors: 
10-0 and PSAC West regular season champions (7-0 in division)
No. 1 team in latest Super Region One rankings
Ranked No. 3 in AFCA Top 25, No. 1 in D2Football.com Top 25
IUP defense is ranked in the top 20 in seven different statistics categories (scoring, rushing yards, total yards, def touchdowns, interceptions, red zone, pass efficiency)

Coach’s Comment: “Jemal has been a force up front his entire four years at IUP. He’s battled through several injuries in the last two years but he’s still, in my mind, the best defensive lineman in this conference. He’s trusted by his teammates and is definitely the leader of this defense. In my 23 years here at IUP coaching defense, we’ve had several All-America and all-region type of players, and Jemal is one of the best I’ve seen.” (Paul Tortorella)

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