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Harding University| DE – Senior
6-1 | 240 | Oklahoma City, Ok.
2016 Key Statistics: 9 games/9 starts, 22 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 3 FF, 2 FR, 1 PBU
Career Awards and Accomplishments: 2015 Don Hansen All-America (honorable mention)
2015 Don Hansen All-Super Region 3 (second team)
2015 All-GAC (first team)
2014 All-GAC (second team)
Stats: 40 games, 97 tackles, 33.0 TFL, 20.0 sacks, 8 FF, 2 FR, 3 PBU
HARDING CAREER ALL-TIME RANKINGS:
Quarterback sacks: t-3rd (20.0)
Fumbles forced: t-4th (8)
Yards from tackles for loss: t-5th (149)
Tackles for loss: 6th (33.0)
Yards from sacks: 8th (115)
HARDING SINGLE-SEASON RANKINGS:
Yards from sacks: 8th (58 in 2015)
Quarterback sacks: t-9th (9.5 in 2015)
Fumbles forced: t-13th (3 in 2015)
Fumbles forced: t-13th (3 in 2016)
Yards from tackles for loss: 20th (58 in 2015)
Fumbles forced: t-25th (2 in 2014)
Tackles for loss: 26th (11.5 in 2014)
Team Record and Honors: Harding is 9-0 and ranked No. 5 in AFCA Top 25 Poll and No. 3 in Super Region 3 Rankings.
Harding’s defense leads the GAC and ranks third in Division II in total defense (244.4).
Harding’s defense leads the GAC and ranks second in Division II in scoring defense (12.1).
Harding’s defense leads the GAC and ranks third in Division II in rushing defense (76.8).
Harding’s defense leads the GAC and ranks 13th in Division II in passing yards allowed (167.7).
Harding’s defense leads the GAC and ranks 10th in Division II in pass efficiency defense (101.05).
Coach’s Comment: “Trevon Biglow is without a doubt the most consistently dominant football player that I have ever coached. His stats don’t necessarily reflect that due to the way he’s schemed on game day. He is rarely ever blocked, and he changes the game every Saturday. He is an exceptional talent and has been a tremendous leader on this team.” (Head Coach Ronnie Huckeba)
Southwestern Oklahoma State| LT – Junior
6-3 | 285 | Willis, Texas
2016 Key Statistics: Garrett Luke has started all nine games this season as the Bulldogs left tackle…He has not allowed a sack in 342 dropbacks this season…Has been called for two penalties and has a 98.9% assignment grade…Luke has totaled 67 knockdown blocks through nine games…Scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery against Southern Arkansas in week one…Member of an offensive line that is tied for the lead in NCAA Division II for fewest sacks…As a unit, SWOSU’s offensive line has allowed less than one sack per 100 attempts on the season.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: 2015 All-Great American Conference honorable mention…Has started 25 consecutive games for the Bulldogs, dating back to the end of his freshman season…Helped the Bulldogs break the NCAA era school record for rushing touchdowns last season with 24 and they have 19 through nine games this season.
Team Record and Honors: Bulldogs are 4-5 through nine games…SWOSU averages 156.3 yards per game rushing with 19 rushing touchdowns…Bulldog offensive line has allowed just three sacks this season, tied for the fewest among NCAA Division II schools this season.
Coach’s Comment: “Garrett Luke is the epitome of what you look for in an offensive lineman. He is very coachable and has a great work ethic. He leads not only the offensive line, but the entire team, by setting a great example and speaking up when needed. Garrett makes our job as coaches easy on a daily basis.” (SWOSU Offensive Line Coach Justin Iske)
Central Missouri | LT – Junior
6-6 | 300 | St. Charles, Mo.
2016 Key Statistics: Has not allowed a sack this season after moving from right tackle last year to left tackle this season…anchors an offensive line that blocks for the MIAA’s 3rd-ranked passing offense and 14th best in Division II…UCM is 3rd in the MIAA and 37th in D2 in scoring offense and ranks fourth in the conference and 27th nationally in total offense…has never graded below 80 percent for any game in his career…started the final game of his freshman season at RT and then all 11 games last year…has started all nine games this year at left tackle.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Second Team All-MIAA starter in his first full season starting…after appearing in three games as a backup during his freshman season, he started the final game of the season at right tackle and he has started every game the past two seasons, has 21 career starts (12 at RT, 9 at LT)…has never graded below 80% for any game during his career…has not allowed a sack in his career.
Team Record and Honors:
|7-2, currently ranked No. 25 in AFCA Poll and No. 7 in NCAA Super Region 3 rankings…4th in MIAA (27th nationally) in total offense, 3rd in MIAA (37th nationally) in scoring offense, 3rd in MIAA (14th nationally) in passing offense…blocks for QB who leads the MIAA and is ninth nationally in total offense and a WR, who is 1st in MIAA and 32nd nationally in all-purpose yards.|
Coach’s Comment: “Derrick epitomizes what we hope happens every time we recruit an athlete into our program: find long, athletic players with strong character and a great desire to play the game and develop them in to something special. Through a total commitment to off-season training and honing his technical skills, Derrick has transformed himself from a skinny kid with a lot of “potential” into one of the most dominant offensive lineman in the country. I’ve never had a better before and after picture of what it means to do the best with what you have.” (Head coach Jim Svoboda)
Sioux Falls | G – Senior
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 graded out at average of 88 percent with 67 knockdowns and no sacks allowed for #4 University of Sioux Falls that is 9-0 and leading the NSIC…key player on team that ranks first in NSIC with just nine allowed sacks this seasons and ranks second in NCAA DII rushing offense at 346.1 per game and third in NCAA DII in total offense at 536.6 yards per game. USF leads the NSIC in both rushing and total offense.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: In two plus seasons at USF, has graded out at 87 percent, allowing just 1.5 sacks while recording 177 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 two-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: University of Sioux Falls is 9-0 and 5-0 in the NSIC South, 1st. The Cougars are the #4 team in AFCA.com poll, #5 in D2football.com poll, #4 in NCAA Power Poll.
|“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.” (Head Coach Jed Stugart)|
Northern State | NG – Senior
6-3 | 280 | Garretson, S.D.
2016 Key Statistics: Leads the team with 66 tackles, 25 solo and 41 assisted… Has 8.0 tackles for a loss of 41 yards and 5.5 sacks for a loss of 19 yards… Recorded on pass break-up and one forced fumble… Tallied one reception on a fake field goal for 21 yards.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Stoterau is a 2-time All-NSIC first team pick and was named the NSIC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Last week he was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team and will move on to the All-American ballot. Ranks 12th in the NSIC in sacks.
Team Record and Honors: Northern is 6-4 overall and 4-2 in divisional play. Wolves went 5-0 at home from Swisher Field for the first time in 30 seasons, and broke the single game scoring record with 66 points in a victory over Minnesota Crookston. Anchors the NSU defense which is third in opponent first downs and fourth in opponent third downs in the NSIC.
Coach’s Comment: “He’s a complete player. 4 year starter at Noseguard, 3 time all-conference (providing he is named all-conference this year). Is currently our leading tackler, which is almost unheard of for a Noseguard in a 3-4 defense, especially since he usually draws a double team from the offense.His presence allows our linebackers and safeties to be freed up to be unblocked and make tackles.
Plays Tight End in our Jumbo (Goalline/Short Yardage ) Package. Has been a phenomenal lead blocker for the past three years, and a big reason why we have had success with that group. In addition, plays Tight End on our Field Goal/PAT team, and has been a member of our punt team (as part of the “Shield”) as well.” (Head Coach Tom Dosch)
Southwest Minnesota State | LT – Senior
6-7 | 290 | Sibley, Iowa
2016 Key Statistics: The SMSU offense is averaging 37 points and 464 yards per game in 2016 … SMSU is averaging 177 yards rushing per game … SMSU has rushed for 28 touchdowns this season … SMSU’s leading rusher is a true freshman and has 827 yards in eight games played.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: 2016 Lindy’s preseason All-American … 2015 CCA second team All-Super Region 3 … 2015 first team All-NSIC South … has not missed a game in his career and has started 33 straight games … three-time Academic All-NSIC honoree … member of 2015 team that finished 8-3 overall and was NCAA regional ranked twice … the eight wins is a school record at the Division II level.
Team Record and Honors: SMSU is 5-5 in 2016 after an 8-3 season in 2015 … was a member of SMSU’s 2013 Mineral Water Bowl team.
Coach’s Comment: “SMSU is 5-5 in 2016 after an 8-3 season in 2015 … was a member of SMSU’s 2013 Mineral Water Bowl team.” (Head Coach Cory Sauter)
Augustana University (S.D.)| OT – Senior
6-5 | 333 | Humboldt, S.D.
2016 Key Statistics: Has started 10 of 11 games…has helped paved the way to 5,165 yards of total offense in 2016…Augustana currently ranks third in the NSIC and eighth in the country averaging 516.5 yards of total offense…the Vikings have the third-best passing attack in the country averaging 350.3 passing yards per game…Augustana’s offense ranks ninth in the country averaging 43.1 points per game.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Named team captain by peers in 2016…two-time All-NSIC South Division Second Team selection…three-time Academic All-NSIC honoree…has played in 31 career games on the offensive line…has helped Augustana set single season records for total offense, passing yards, points scored and touchdowns in back-to-back seasons…has blocked on a line that is on pace to set single season records for total offense, passing yards and points for the third straight season.
Team Record and Honors: Augustana is 7-3 on the season.
Coach’s Comment: “Chris is the definition of a leader. He was voted by his teammates as a team captain and has always led by example on and off the field. His grit and determination has set the tone for our offensive line and allowed us to achieve the success our offense has over the past three seasons.” (Head Coach Jerry Olszewski)
Humboldt State | LT – Junior
6-7 | 305 | Dublin, Ca.
2016 Key Statistics: Cappa anchors the Humboldt State offensive line that has allowed a conference-low 15 sacks this season. He also blocks for the conference’s top rusher junior Ja’Quan Gardner and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s top total offense.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: (2016) First Team Lindy’s Sports NCAA Division II Preseason All-America Team … D2Football.com Preseason All-America Second Team selection … First Team selection Football Gameplan’s Preseason D2 All-American Team … Hero Sports Preseason D2 Football All-America Team.
(2015) Named a D2CCA Second Team All-American … Collected Don Hansen Honorable Mention All-American honors … D2Football.com Second Team All-American selection … 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) A unanimous First Team All-GNAC selection … Named the GNAC Offensive Lineman of the Year … Played in 10 games.
Team Record and Honors: (2016) 6-4
(2015) 10-2, Advanced to NCAA Playoffs and defeated Augustana before losing to eventual National Champion Northwest Missouri State.
Coach’s Comment: “Alex is an outstanding prospect to play on Sunday’s. He is big, strong, and agile, and has been the top offensive lineman in our conference since he first set foot on the field in 2014. He’s everything you look for in an offensive lineman and in a student-athlete, having been named all-academic team three years running.” (Head Coach Rob Smith)
Azusa Pacific | DE – Junior
6-3 | 240| Santa Barbara, Ca.
2016 Key Statistics: Current GNAC leader in sacks (9.0 / 52 yds) – entering 11/12 regular-season finale at Colorado Mesa
10 games: 37 tackles (12 solo / 25 assist), 10.0 tackles for loss (55 yards), 9.0 sacks (52 yards), 9 QB hurries, 1 forced fumble
#1 red zone defense in Division II (.440)
#2 team sacks in Division II (48)
#3 scoring defense in Division II (12.5 ppg)
#1-tie turnover margin in Division II (+18)
#6 team tackles for loss in Division II (94)
#10 rushing defense in Division II (90.2 ypg)
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Current GNAC leader in sacks (9.0 / 52 yds)
Nominee for GNAC Lineman of the Year
Team Record and Honors: 9-1 overall / 8-0 GNAC (undefeated league champion)
Coach’s Comment: “Jason is an outstanding leader on our defense; he’s not our biggest, strongest, or fastest player, but the thing that stands about him is how hard he works to make sure he gets the job done with the proper technique and approach with every single rep. There’s nobody on our defense who works harder than Jason, and his production as the conference sacks leader for one of the nation’s top defenses speaks to how important he’s been to our defense this year.” (Head Coach Victor Santa Cruz)
Sie Doe, Jr.
Fort Hays State | DE – Senior
6-1 | 230 | Cleveland, Oh.
2016 Key Statistics: 14 Sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, 67 total tackles, 5 forced fumbles, 2 pass break-ups. Ranks 3rd in NCAA Division II in total sacks…Ranks 4th in NCAA Division II in sacks per game (1.4)…Leads NCAA Division II in forced fumbles…Leads the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) in sacks, tackles for loss, and forced fumbles…Has recorded at least 1 sack in all 10 games this season with his game high being 2.5…Leads one of the most competitive Division II conferences in sacks by 8 as next closest player in the conference has 6 sacks…Leads Super Region 3 in sacks by 3 (next closest player is Beau Bates of Minnesota-Duluth with 11)…11 of 12 teams in the MIAA rank in the top 100 of NCAA Division II in total offense…MIAA games this year yield an average of only 4 sacks, which equates into an average of just 2 per team, per game…He is helping FHSU lead the MIAA in sacks with 31 as a team.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Has already broke the FHSU single-season record for sacks, passing the old mark of 12…Just one sack shy of matching the career sacks record at FHSU…Over 2 years at FHSU, has a total of 20.5 sacks, 137 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, and 8 forced fumbles…All-MIAA Honorable Mention selection as a junior in 2015 when he recorded 70 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and 15 tackles for loss, and 3 forced fumbles…Has been named the MIAA Defensive Athlete of the Week twice this season.
Prior to FHSU: Spent two years at Butte (Calif.) College, where he earned CCCAA All-Region I First Team honors as a sophomore in 2014 and helped Butte to the CCCAA Championship in 2013 as a freshman…Recorded 96 tackles, 16 sacks, and 24.5 tackles for loss over his two seasons at Butte.
Team Record and Honors: FHSU is currently 6-4 in 2016…FHSU finished 8-4 in 2015 and made its first postseason game (Mineral Water Bowl) appearance in 20 years…Fort Hays State’s third-place finish in the MIAA in 2015 was the highest in the program’s history since joining the conference in 2006…FHSU is in the mix for a bowl game selection once again this year.
Earned the team’s defensive lineman of the week honor five times this season.
Coach’s Comment: “Sie Doe, Jr. is one of the hardest working young men I’ve been around. He plays the game with a high motor and great intensity and plays every down like it’s the last he’ll ever play. He knows that he will get double-teamed every game but loves the challenge and will do anything possible to make the play. With a high level of energy and his presence on the field betters the play of his teammates. He is a team player and does his part to make sure the team is successful. He does whatever it takes to make himself a better player in practice and does extra work on his own before and after practice. He is also a young man with great character, loves his teammates, and loves the game of football. He plays the game the way it is supposed to be played: Physical, Relentless, and with Passion.” (Head Coach Chris Brown)
Minnesota Duluth | OT – Senior
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 yards (538.9 yards per game), third-most first downs (268) and fourth-most points (46.7 points per game) in the nation … Has graded out at 92 percent or better in all 10 games to date … Has allowed one sack — the only one of his 49-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 a three-time All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honoree (first team in 2015 and 2014 and second team in 2013) … Has started in all 49 games over the last four seasons … 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 … Is on target to become the first Bulldog lineman to attain All-NSIC four times since since Garth Heikkinen in 2012 — the same year he received the Gene Upshaw Award.
Team Record and Honors: Owners of a nine-game winning streak and a 9-1 overall record …. Are ranked 17th in latest AFCA II Poll. …. 2016 NSIC North Division champion.
Coach’s Comment: “Peter has been a dominate 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.” (Head Coach Curt Wiese)
Bemidji State | C
6-1 | 304 | Perham, Minn.
2016 Key Statistics: Captain for 7-3 Beavers team that has set offensive program records and was listed in the AFCA Top 25 and D2Football.com Top 25 Polls for the first time since 2011… Led offensive line for highest scoring offense in program history with 435 points, third-highest rushing yardage season and second-highest passing yardage season with one game remaining… BSU offense has totaled second-highest yardage mark in program history, 11 shy of setting the record… Started all 10 games at center… BSU ranks eighth nationally in tackles for loss allowed, ninth in total offense, 11th in first downs, 14th in red-zone offense and 17th in rushing offense.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Started 41 games at center for BSU, missing just two starts in four seasons… Named to 2016 Tyrant Scouting Division II Preseason All-American Team… Selected to 2015 USA D-II College Football All-American Team… Two-time captain and member of 2015 Don Hansen All-Super Region Three Team… Two-time All-NSIC member (first team in ’15, second team in ’14).
Team Record and Honors: Bemidji State is 7-3 during the 2016 season, which includes a road win Sept. 10 at previously-No. 6-ranked Minnesota State University Mankato… Fell on the road to No. 14 University of Sioux Falls by one point and on the road at No. 24 Minnesota Duluth… Scored at least 31 points in each game and totaled 500+-yards in seven of 10 games… Offense is within striking distance of breaking multiple single-season program records… Had offensive player selected for NSIC Player of the Week twice.
Coach’s Comment: “Jesse Hein has been a four-year starter on the offensive line here at Bemidji. He is a multiple year all-conference player and one of the best leaders we have had on this team in the past 18 years since I have been on staff. His hard work and determination has allowed us to become one of the top offenses in Division II.” (Head Coach Brent Bolte)
Henderson State| DE – Junior
6-4 | 250| Sapulpa, Ok.
2016 Key Statistics: Leads GAC in Sacks with 6. 30 total tackles. 7.5 for lost yardage, 3 QB hurries, 2 Forced Fumbles.
Earned GAC Defensive Player of the Week after having seven tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble against East Central . . . Recorded four tackles in games against Southwestern Oklahoma, Southern Arkansas, Arkansas Tech and Harding.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Two year letter winner. Has totaled 55 tackles in his career.
Team Record and Honors: Henderson State 8-2 on the season.
2015 GAC Champions and NCAA Playoffs.
Coach’s Comment: “Sam is one of our hardest workers who does not cut corners, or take short cuts. His work ethic is second to none, and he does not shy away from a challenge. He spends much of his free time away from football volunteering for many worthwhile organizations and causes in our area.” (Head Coach Scott Maxfield)
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