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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Dominic Giunta
Ashland | Center
6-3 | 284 | Willoughby, Ohio

2017 Key Statistics: Senior anchor of offensive line for offense which is averaging 425.7 points and 36 points per game, 88-percent blocking grade, 81 knockdowns, 3 mental mistakes in 602 plays, 25 “plus plays.”

Career Awards and Accomplishments: Double math/physics major with cumulative GPA of 3.70, allowed just one sack in career, three-year starter at center, 2017 team captain, 2016 GLIAC honorable mention, two-time member of GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team and one-time member of GLIAC All-Academic Team.

Team Record and Honors: 8-1 overall, 7-0 GLIAC, first place in the conference, ranked #11 in AFCA poll, ranked #3 in Super Region Three.

Coach’s Comment: “Offensive line/associate head coach Doug Geiser says Giunta is Ashland’s best center since Vince Cashdollar, a 2007 AFCA All-American.” (Lee Owens)

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Christopher Gomez
Central Missouri | LG
6-3 | 33o | Warrensburg, Mo.

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: Two-time All-MIAA selection. 
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:
2017: 7-3
2016: 9-3 – NCAA regional appearance
2015: 8-3
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)

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Jake Daugherty
Ferris State | Center
6-2 | 305 | Big Rapids, Mich.

2017 Key Statistics: Helped lead team to 8-1 record to date this season … Team ranked among top 10 teams in country and has won six consecutive games … Team in position for 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 … Three-Time All-GLIAC selection … Four-year letterwinner … Helped lead team to 8-1 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)

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Julian Shade
Southwest Baptist | DE
6-2 | 237 | Cedar Hill, Texas

2017 Key Statistics: 50 tackles (19 solo – 31 assisted)…8.5 TFL (34 yards)…4.5 Sacks (29 yards)…2 Forced Fumbles

Career Awards and Accomplishments: Ranks 2nd All-Time at SBU in Forced Fumbles…Ranks 5th All-Time at SBU in Sacks…Model of consistency having between 42-57 tackles each of his four years playing, 8.5-9 TFL each year, and 3.5-4.5 sacks per year

Team Record and Honors: 4-5 (3-3 GLVC)…Last season were a program record 10-2 winning their first ever GLVC Championship and advancing the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the first time in program history

Coach’s Comment: “Julian has been a prime example of character and relentless effort. As a captain of this team, he not only strives to impact his teammates on the field with his work ethic, but off the field with his character and love for Christ.” (Robert Clardy)

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Nathan Shepherd
Fort Hays State | DL
6-5 | 300 | Ajax, Ontario, Canada

2017 Key Statistics:
Leads the team with 4.0 sacks
Leads the team with 11.5 tackles for loss, resulting in a loss of 54 yards
33 total tackles, including 17 solo stops
4 Quarterback hurries

Career Awards and Accomplishments: Don Hansen All-America honorable mention as a junior…Earned All-MIAA honors as a sophomore (third team) and a junior (second team)…Named Mineral Water Bowl Defensive Player of the Game as a sophomore.

Team Record and Honors: 10-0. Ranked No. 1 in the region, currently ranked No. 5 in the AFCA Coaches Poll, Most wins in program history…Best start to a season in program history…12-game winning streak dating back to last season, longest streak in team history.

Coach’s Comment: “Teams constantly double or triple-team Nathan. He is a hard worker in practice, in the weight room, and in games.” (Chris Brown)

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Ruben Holcomb
Indianapolis | LT
6-4 | 309 | Fort Wayne, Ind.

2017 Key Statistics: Graded out at a 92% average by the UIndy coaching staff … Anchors an o-line for a team that leads Division II in fewest sacks allowed (0.5 per game) and passing efficiency (188.2) while ranking eighth in fewest TFL allowed (3.7 per), 13th in third-down conv rate (.495) and 18th in scoring offense (39.2 ppg).

Career Awards and Accomplishments: Has started 41 consecutive contests … 2016 All-GLVC Second Team … Two-time member of the team’s One-Play Warrior Club, a point-based honor which measures production on special teams … Voted UIndy’s 2014 Offensive Freshman of the Year.

Team Record and Honors: Starting left tackle on DII’s sixth-ranked team … Helped UIndy to 10-0 mark for the first time in school history … The Greyhounds also own DII’s longest active winning streak at 14 … On pace to set the school record for scoring offense (39.2).

Coach’s Comment: “”Ruben is one of the hardest workers on the team. He’s a very powerful run blocker and athletic in terms of moving his feet. He’s also a leader and a team captain.” (Rob Bartolomeo)

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Gavin De Los Santos
Harding | RT
6-3 | 285 | Hot Springs, Ark.

2017 Key Statistics: Has started all 10 games at right tackle … top offensive lineman on the top rushing team in Division II at 361.0 rushing yards per game … has played in 43 games in his career with 34 starts … has been a part of 36 victories in his career.

Career Awards and Accomplishments:
Semifinalist for the National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy
2016 Don Hansen All-America (second team)
2016 D2Football.com All-America (honorable mention)
2016 D2CCA All-Super Region 3 (first team)
2016 Don Hansen All-Super Region 3 (first team)
2016 All-GAC (first team)
2015 Academic All-GAC
2016 Academic All-GAC

Team Record and Honors: 
Harding has reached the NCAA Division II Playoffs two of the last three seasons
Harding has finished first or second in Division II in rushing yards per game in each of the last four seasons
Harding is 36-10 over De Los Santos’s four seasons

Coach’s Comment: “Gavin has proven over and over again that he is a very special young man on and off the football field. In our football program at Harding, we value a warrior spirit, persistence, toughness, integrity, a strong work ethic, determination, a servant heart and loving your brother. Gavin embodies all of those qualities.” (Paul Simmons)

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Charles Williams
Northwood | DE
6-2 | 245 | Plantation, Fla. 

2017 Key Statistics:
56 tackles (28 solo)
17.0 tackles for loss (76 yards)
10 quarterback hurries
6 sacks (42 yards)
1 forced fumble
1 fumble recovery
2 pass breakups

Career Awards and Accomplishments:
17.0 tackles for loss are the most for a Northwood player since 2005
Currently leads GLIAC in tackles for loss
Ranks fifth in the GLIAC In sacks
Has led Northwood in sacks in each of the last three seasons
Ranks in top-10 in school history in tackles for loss for a career (36.5) and in a season

Team Record and Honors:
6-4 record
Team has doubled its win total from last year with one week remaining

Coach’s Comment: “Charles Williams has become a leader of our defense and our football team this season. He’s one of the hardest workers on our team, which has allowed him to develop into an elite player. Charles is very deserving to be mentioned among the best defensive linemen in Northwood history and among the best linemen in the country.” (Leonard Hayes)

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