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Tarleton State | DE – Junior
6-1 | 235 | Stephenville, Texas
2016 Key Statistics: *Through 10 games … 60 total tackles … 25 solo tackles … 13.0 tackles for a loss (totaling 62 yards), including a career-high 5.0 against West Texas A&M … 8.0 sacks (totaling 41 yards), including a career high 3.0 against West Texas A&M … 3 forced fumble … 1 fumble recovery returned for 25 yards … 10 QB hurries… 1 pass breakup…Team is 5-5 overall this season and 5-3 in the Lone Star Conference.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll as a redshirt freshman … Honorable mention All-LSC, USA College Football, Inc. Second-Team Preseason All-American as a sophomore … 138 career tackles in 28 games … 26.5 career tackles for a loss … 12.5 career sack … 1 career touchdown, which came on a 45-yard fumble recovery return against West Texas A&M as a sophomore.
Team Record and Honors: Varnado has been a vital part of the resurgence of Tarleton … After going just 3-7 last season, the Texans have already topped their win total with four victories this season and have been as high as second place in the LSC standings with a 4-1 LSC record … Varnado team-leading 6.0 sacks have helped the Texan defense return to prominence as the second-best sack squad in the Lone Star Conference.
Coach’s Comment: “Chase Varnado is a leader – plain and simple. He’s a guy that comes to work every single day and prepares with the mindset of a champion, but also knows how to have fun and make the guys around him better. He’s such an important part of our defense because of his technique, passion, and an unbelievable motor. Chase is deserving of any and all recognition he ever receives and I’m just glad he’s on our side.” (Head Coach Todd Whitten)
Ashland| RG – Senior
6-2 | 297 | Ashland, Oh.
2016 Key Statistics: – 91 percent grade, 71 knockdowns
– 80 percent of running game at his point of attack
– Only senior on line which leads AU to 554.4 total yards and 46.0 points per game.
– Only senior on line which leads NCAA Division II in fewest tackles for loss allowed.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: (All 2015)
– First-team All-GLIAC
– Second-team D2CCA All-Super Region 4
– Second-team Don Hansen All-Super Region 4
Team Record and Honors: – 7-1 through 8 games
– Ranked #9 in the AFCA Coaches’ Poll
– First in the GLIAC South Division
Coach’s Comment: “Zach has entered the level attained by other All-Americans who have played for me at Ashland, including James Triplett, Nate Hollins, Justin Magruder, Blake Dickson, Vince Cashdollar and Reggie Gamble. He is a very durable (3 year starter — 29 games started so far with 3 to go in this year’s schedule — 2074 snaps played), extremely intelligent, and productive football player. There’s a reason that he’s at the point of attack on over 80% of our run plays. His combination of athleticism, power, toughness, and grit make him a perfect fit for what we ask a guard to do in our offense. I cannot imagine another one better in the country in Division II.” ( Associate Head Coach Doug Geiser)
Colorado School of Mines | LG – Redshirt Senior
6-5 | 320 | Castle Rock, Co.
2016 Key Statistics: – Has started 32 consecutive games dating to 2013 at left guard … Mines leads NCAA Division II in passing offense (387.7 ypg) and total offense (566.3 ypg) … Shaar personally responsible for only 2 of Mines’ 14 sacks in 387 passing snaps this year … Mines is fifth in D-II in fewest tackles for loss allowed … Orediggers have compiled 3 250+ yard rushing games and average 178.7 yards per game on the ground.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: – Earned his B.S. in petroleum engineering May 2016 and is currently pursuing his master’s degree at Colorado School of Mines in engineering and technology management. Holds a 3.85 GPA.
2016: Team captain … CoSIDA Academic All-District … Preseason All-RMAC … RMAC First-Team All-Academic.
2015: CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-America … CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-District … D2CCA Second-Team All-Region … Don Hansen’s Football Gazette Second-Team All-Region … First-Team All-RMAC … NFFCC Academic All-Colorado First Team … RMAC First-Team All-Academic … Preseason All-RMAC.
2014: CoSIDA/Capital One First-Team Academic All-District … Second-Team All-NFFCC … Second-Team All-RMAC … RMAC First-Team Football All-Academic … Started all 12 games at left guard.
2013: Named to the Academic All-RMAC Honor Roll… Had two starts at left guard.
Team Record and Honors: – Mines is 7-2 and currently tied for first in the RMAC and ranked #5 in Super Region 4.
Coach’s Comment: “Hasan is a veteran guy, someone we really trust, and is a captain. He has been a great leader for our football team and a big part of why our offense executes so well.” (Head Coach Gregg Brandon)
Southwest Baptist University | DE – Senior
5-11 | 245 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
2016 Key Statistics: – Ranks 6th in NCAA in Sacks (11.5 / 1.44 per game)
– Ranks 3rd in NCAA in Tackles for Loss per game (2.4) & 5th in total Tackles for Loss (19.0)
Career Awards and Accomplishments: – 1st Team All-GLVC selection as a junior (first year playing defense)
– Ranks 6th all-time at SBU in tackles for loss (34.0) despite playing only two years on the defensive side of the ball
– Ranks 4th all-time at SBU in sacks (16.5) despite playing only two years on the defensive side of the ball
Team Record and Honors: – SBU is 8-1
– Most wins in program history
– Ranked for the first time in program history (ranked by both AFCA & D2football.com)
– First NCAA Super Regional Ranking in program history
Coach’s Comment: “Via is a very athletic defensive end that makes it tough for any offense we face. He’s very strong and has a great pass rush. We’ve used his athleticism at several positions including LB, RB, and wildcat QB.” (Head Coach Robert Clardy)
Texas A&M University-Kingsville | OT – Senior
6-6 | 300 | San Antonio, Texas
2016 Key Statistics: Pacing the Hogs to their best season since 2010 as the Javelinas are now 7-3 and 5-3 in LSC play… team is nearing the rushing single season record and quarterback Myles Carr has shattered the passing mark.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: 40 career games for the Javelinas, starting 39 on the o-line… four-year starter… NFLPA Watch List… 2015 All-LSC Second Team and Don Hansen Super Region Four Third Team.
Team Record and Honors: 7-3 overall and 5-3 in LSC play… named Hero Sports D2 Football Team of the Month… currently on a five-game win streak… most wins in a single season and consecutively since 2010.
Coach’s Comment: “Bo is the leader on our offensive line and his veteran approach was pivotal in turning around our recent misfortunes.” (Head Coach Daren Wilkinson)
Wayne State | LT – Senior
6-6 | 303 | White Lake, Mich.
2016 Key Statistics: Nate has played 561 plays (all at left tackle) this season and has a season grade of 93 percent. He has 59 knockdowns and 25 aggressive blocks. Nate has totaled 10 cuts, 10 great awareness plays for 104 positive points. He has only seven missed assignments, three penalties and three quarterback hits allowed for a score of 85 points. As an offense, WSU is averaging 34.2 points per game and 455.9 yards per contest. Wayne State has rushed for 34 touchdowns and is averaging 281.8 yards per game on the ground. All 32 NFL teams have been to campus to watch film on Nate.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Nate graduated in 4.5 years with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is currently in his second semester of the criminal justice master’s program. A five-year member of the GLIAC All-Academic Team (missed all of 2015 with an injury), Nate was voted to the 2014 All-GLIAC First Team as well as being named to the Beyond Sports Network All-Super Region 4 Third Team in 2014. A versatile performer on the offensive line, Theaker has played in 41 career games out of 42 contests, making 32 starts (14 at right guard, 10 at left tackle and eight at right tackle).
Team Record and Honors: The team is 7-3 overall with the 7 wins tied-for-second most in the program in the last five years. Team was ranked in the top 25 nationally last month during its six-game winning streak.
Coach’s Comment: “Nate has been a tremendous leader of a unit that has led a rush attack that has averaged 281.8 yards per game with a 6.5 yards per carry average and 34 rushing TDs; and only given up 5 sacks. His leadership has translated into a physical play style, he has also brought a focus that has a unit missed assignment total of only 36 for 10 games. He has mentored the younger players on this line and has brought a maturity and consistency to it not only on game day but in meetings, film sessions, and practice. He is a dominant player, an intelligent young man who has already graduated and is 2/3 through his graduate program, and a leader of men.” (OL Coach Scott Wooster)
Ferris State| C – Junior
6-2 | 298| Big Rapids, Mich.
2016 Key Statistics: Team Captain … Preseason All-American … Earned first-team All-GLIAC honors in 2015 … Helped the Bulldogs to two GLIAC Championships in 2014 and 2015 … Leader of offensive line this season … Started the last 23 games to date of his career at center for FSU … Dominating run blocker … Three-year letterwinner … Three-year starter …. Key reason team has been ranked among the GLIAC and national leaders in rushing and total offense over the past three years … Team has averaged 500 yards per game or better of total offense each of the last three seasons … Squad has compiled 40 points or more in each of the last four games to date …. Played key role in development of first-year QB Reggie Bell following loss of two-time Harlon Hill Trophy winner Jason Vander Laan … QB Reggie Bell leads the GLIAC in total offense behind him … Has helped pave the way for a 1,000-yard rusher each of the last three years.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Team Captain … Preseason All-American … Earned first-team All-GLIAC honors in 2015 … Helped the Bulldogs to two GLIAC Championships in 2014 and 2015 … Leader of offensive line this season … Started the last 23 games to date of his career at center for FSU … GLIAC All-Academic selection … Helped team rank among the nation’s top rushing squads throughout his career … Dominating run blocker … Three-year letterwinner … Three-year starter …. Played a key role in helping Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA Playoff appearances in 2014 and 2015 … Team is currently one of top 10 ranked teams in Super Region Four this season with an 8-2 record …. Two-Time First Team All-Region choice … Earned All-America honors during the 2015 season … In position to become a two-time All-American this year …. Played role in Bulldogs ranking among the nation’s top five teams in scoring, rushing and total offense in both 2014 and 2015.
Team Record and Honors: Team is ranked in top 10 and could receive potential NCAA Playoff berth in Super Region Four … Squad has finished first or second in the GLIAC each of the last three years …. Led team to back-to-back GLIAC Championships in 2014 and 2015 …. Only losses this year are to teams ranked in the top five in the nation at kickoff time … Squad has won last four games to date and produced 40-plus points in decisive wins each week …. Helped team rack up more than 250 yards rushing per contest …. Team recorded first NCAA Playoff win in 19 years during the 2015 season …. Team in position to receive third consecutive NCAA Playoff berth … Team ranked among the top 20 teams in the nation most of this season.
Coach’s Comment: “Jake has been such a great leader on our offensive line and his development over the past three 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 this year with a new quarterback. We’re fortunate to have not only a great player, but such a great person as one of our team captains and leaders.” (Head Coach Tony Annese)
Black Hills State | NG/DL – Senior
5-10| 278 | Rapid City, S.D.
2016 Key Statistics: 65 tackles with 17 solo from the nose guard position… Has tallied two interceptions for the Yellow Jackets, who lead the nation in interceptions… Totaled 2.0 sacks with total yardage lost at eight yards… Totaled 7.0 tackles for a loss for 20 yards… Credited with two quarterback hurries…
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Honorable Mention All-Academic honors… Named 2015 Black Hills State Defensive MVP…
Team Record and Honors: 7-3 with one game remaining… A turnaround season after going 0-11 in 2015… Team ranks first in NCAA Division II in interceptions and turnovers gained… Ranks 24th in nation in defensive touchdowns… Team will finish with best record in NCAA-era… Team will have first .500 or better season since 2010.
Coach’s Comment: “Cody Benne has been the cog in the middle of our defense for the last three years. He has a relentless nose for the football and great awareness of the game that puts him in great position to make plays. He does all this while being undersized at nose tackle at 5-10 and 278 pounds.” (Head Coach John Reiners)
Colorado Mesa| DE – Junior
5-11 | 230 | Centennial, Colo.
2016 Key Statistics: 86 tackles (39 solo, 47 assisted), 11 tackles for a loss of 46 yards, 6.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, one interception…Ranks second in the RMAC in tackles for loss and sixth in total tackles.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: 2015: Earned All-Colorado Honorable Mention Academic Honors from the National Football Foundation…All-RMAC Honorable Mention selection…Named team’s co-defensive player of the year…Started all 11 games at defensive end…Finished second on the team with 101 tackles…Led the team in both tackles for loss (15) and sacks (six)…Forced one fumble and recovered two fumbles…Blocked two kicks…Recorded 10+ tackles six times…Tallied a season-high 15 tackles against Colorado Mines.
2014: All-RMAC Honorable Mention honors…Started all 11 games at defensive end…Finished fourth on the team with 65 tackles, including 24 solo…Made 13 tackles for a loss of 47 yards…Made 3.5 sacks for 24 yards…Recovered one fumble and blocked one kick…Made a season-high 10 tackles against Western State.
Team Record and Honors: 8-2 overall…2015 and 2016 RMAC Champions
West Texas A&M | C – Senior
6-1 | 307 | San Antonio, Texas
2016 Key Statistics: Has played and started in all 10 games at center for the Buffs. Played in 691 plays with a cumulative grade (Assignment/Technique/Finish) at 93.7% with 33 knockdown blocks and only two penalties called on him all year.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Played and started in all 45 games at center for the Buffs, which is a record for offensive lineman at WT, and a team captain in 2016. A two time second team all-conference selection each of the past two years blocking for two outstanding quarterbacks in Dustin Vaughan, who was the Harlon Hill runner-up in 2013 and AFCA Football All-America selection that season. Vaughan passed for 5,401 yards setting a NCAA Division II record and 53 touchdown passes in 2013. Carson then blocked for a line protecting Ethan Brinkley, who had the fifth-highest completion percentage in the nation last season (66.8) and Geremy Alridge-Mitchell who rushed for 1,296 yards who was third in the LSC and 15th nationally in 2015. This season, he has blocked for both Brinkley and sophomore Ben Arbuckle. He is in graduate school already as he graduated early and is heavily involved in the community volunteering with a number of organizations including Special Olympics and interning with the Amarillo Police Department. He was selected as a NSCA All-American Strength & Conditioning Student-Athlete in the summer of 2016.
Team Record and Honors: The Buffs are 5-5 overall and 4-4 in Lone Star Conference play this season and Carson has gone 28-17 in his four year career at WT with a national quarterfinal appearance in 2013.
Coach’s Comment: “Austin Carson has been the anchor of the West Texas A&M offense for his entire collegiate career,” WT Offensive Line Coach Lloyd Spotted Wolf said. “He has started all 45 games and is a two-time All-Lone Star Conference honoree and has given up only two sacks this season in an air raid offense. He has 33 knockdown blocks and is a team captain. He is an outstanding person and has been a true pleasure to have on the offensive line for the Buffs and is the true definition of a Buff.” (Head Coach Mike Nesbitt)
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Colorado State University-Pueblo | C – Junior
6-3 | 280 | Superior, Colo.
2016 Key Statistics: A two-year starter at center, Feenstra has helped guide a rushing attack that owns 199.5 yards per game to rank 34th nationally. The Pack have established those yards without their top running back in six of the 10 games. The CSU-Pueblo offense sits 13th in NCAA Division II in tackles for loss allowed (4.3 tackles per game). The Pack rushed for eight touchdowns against New Mexico Highlands Sept. 24, which ranks tied for third in NCAA Division II this season. Three different running backs have rushed for more than 100 yards in a game this season. CSU-Pueblo posted 394 yards on the ground against Adams State (Oct. 8), which included Bernard McDondle running for 276. The offensive line has bought quarterback Rex Dausin enough time to throw for a 62.5 completion percentage, which sits 33rd nationally.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America, 2015 and 2016 CoSIDA All-District, 2015 RMAC Summit Award winner, 2016 Academic All-RMAC First Team … Four-time Academic All-RMAC … 2015 All-RMAC First Team.
Team Record and Honors: The ThunderWolves are 7-3 overall and 7-2 in RMAC play. The Pack started the season 0-2, but have won seven of the last eight. With a win Nov. 12, the ThunderWolves will share the 2016 RMAC Regular Season Championship, their fifth in the last six years.
Coach’s Comment: “Corbin is the glue of our offense. He is a smart player and excels in the classroom. Corbin has started 21 of the last 22 games for us and has been a leader on the field and in the locker room. His work ethic is unmatched and it has shown in his time as a Pack student-athlete.” (Head Coach John Wristen)
Texas A&M-Commerce | LT- Junior
6-7 | 280 | Coldspring, Texas
2016 Key Statistics: Has graded out at 97% on the year with 24 pancake blocks. The Lions rank 3rd nationally in sacks allowed (only 4 through 9 games). The Lions also rank 25th nationally in total offense, with 153 yards rushing and 310 yards passing per game. The Lions’ passing attack is 11th nationally and A&M-Commerce also averages 42.3 points per game to rank 10th nationally.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Also throws discus, hammer, and shot put/weight throw for the Lions’ track team.
Team Record and Honors: The Lions enter Week 11 with a 9-1 overall record and a 7-1 record in the Lone Star Conference. They have been ranked in the AFCA Coaches’ Poll every week this season and were ranked 4th in Super Region 4 on October 31.
Coach’s Comment: “He’s been an anchor for our offensive line and the cornerstone of our program since the day he got on campus. Very seldom do you see a dual sport athlete excel at the level he does on the gridiron.” (Head Coach Colby Carthel)
Eastern New Mexico | OT – Junior
6-4 | 248 | Houston, Texas
2016 Key Statistics: He has started all 10 games at offensive tackle…Greyhounds 2nd in the nation in rushing, 20th in total offense, seven in pass efficiency, 8th in 4th down conversions, 8th in time of possession
4th in LSC in scoring , 1st in total offense, 1st in passing efficiency, 1st in rushing, 1st in first downs.
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Last two seasons Eastern New Mexico set team records for points… They also lead the LSC this year with 35 rushing touchdowns.
Team Record and Honors: The Greyhounds are currently tied for third in the Lone Star Conference with a 5-3 conference mark, 6-4 overall…
Coach’s Comment: “Wade has been one of the top blockers for us over the last few seasons. We are extremely proud of him” (Head Coach Josh Lynn)
McKendree | DE – Senior
6-2 | 250 | Chicago, Il.
2016 Key Statistics: 29 solo tackles, 17 assisted tackles, 46 total tackles; 19.5 tackles for loss or 116 yards (leads team); 16.5 quarterback sacks for loss of 108 yards (leads team), 5 QB hurries, 2 forced fumbles
Career Awards and Accomplishments: Lucky is a four-year starter at defensive end for the Bearcats…he is McKendree’s career leader in both tackles for loss (62.5) and quarterback sacks (45.5)…he enters the regular-season finale on Nov. 12 needing .5 sacks to tie the NCAA Division II career record for sacks…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 two-time first-team All-Conference honoree…was named to the 2014 AP Little All-America team…was a finalist for the 2014 Cliff Harris Award…has 12 multi-sack games in his McKendree career.
Team Record and Honors: McKendree is 23-17 during Lucky’s career….the Bearcats won eight games in 2015, 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…two-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)
Grand Valley State | DE – Senior
6-4 | 255 | Columbus, Ohio
2016 Key Statistics: Senior DE Sydney Omameh has 32 tackles and leads the squad in TFL with 11 (-64) and QB sacks with 10.0 (-60)…Ranks second in the GLIAC and 6th nationally in QB sacks and ranks sixth in TFL…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)…Key member of a defense that ranks among the leaders nationally in scoring defense (17.5), total defense (343.6), turnover margin (+14), sacks (36) and tackles for loss (79).
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.” (Head Coach Matt Mitchell)
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