GLIAC Places Five Football Student-Athletes on the 2013 Daktronics All-America Team

GLIAC Places Five Football Student-Athletes on the 2013 Daktronics All-America Team

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2013 Daktronics

All-America Team

For Immediate Release

All America Coordinator:        Trey Reed, Midwestern State University

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Ron Lenz Players of the Year

Offensive Player of the Year

Franklyn Quiteh, RB, Bloomsburg (Pa.)

Defensive Player of the Year

Matt Longacre, DL, Northwest Missouri State


First Team

Pos    Player               School                           Class   Ht.    Wt.         Hometown

TE      Jamie Potts        Grand Valley State (Mich.)   So.     6-3   225         Ravenna, Mich.

OL      Matt Armstrong  Grand Valley State (Mich.)   Sr.     6-3   290          Lansing, Mich.

OL     Brian Clarke         Bloomsburg (Pa.)               Sr.     6-3   290          Hanover, Pa.

OL     Craig Watts         West Texas A&M                Sr.     6-4   335         Killeen, Texas

OL    Cody Carlson        Northwest Missouri State    Sr.     6-3   275          Eudora, Kan.

OL    Joe Ray                Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)           So.     6-0   245          Atlanta, Ga.

WR   Jeff Janis             Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) Sr.     6-3   218          Tawas City, Mich.

WR   Torrence Allen     West Texas A&M                  Sr.    6-1   190          Meridian, Texas

QB    Dustin Vaughan   West Texas A&M                 Sr.    6-5   220          Corpus Christi, Texas

RB    Franklyn Quiteh    Bloomsburg (Pa.)                Sr.    5-10  206          Tobyhanna, Pa.

RB   Tyler Tonderum    Southwest Minnesota State   Jr.    5-10  191           Armstrong, Iowa

RS   C.J. Davis             Shepherd (W. Va.)            Fr-RS  5-9    182          Hagerstown, Md.

PK   Sergio Castillo, Jr.  West Texas A&M                 Sr.   5-11  195           La Joya, Texas


Second Team

Pos    Player               School                           Class   Ht.    Wt.         Hometown

TE     Ryan Corbin        Southwestern Oklahoma    Sr.     6-4     250        Newcastle, Okla.

OL     Terrance Harris    West Texas A&M              Sr.     6-4     285         Killeen, Texas

OL     Jake Brandt         Ohio Dominican                Sr.     6-5     260         Columbus, Ohio

OL     Kelton Hays         Henderson State (Ark.)     Sr.    5-11    284         Jonesville, La.

OL     Tom Olson           Minnesota-Duluth             Sr.    6-6      285         Coon Rapids, Minn.

OL     Trey Farmer         West Chester (Pa.)           Sr.    6-1      280          Hatfield, Pa.

WR    Trevor Harman     Shippensburg (Pa.)           Jr.    6-2      210          Mechanicsburg, Pa.

WR    Freddie Martino    North Greenville (S.C.)      Sr.    6-0     195           North, S.C.

QB    Kevin Rodgers      Henderson State (Ark.)     Jr.     6-3     215          Rockwall, Texas

RB    Rondell White       West Chester (Pa.)           Sr.    5-9     180           West Chester, Pa.

RB    Glen Clinton        Chadron State (Neb.)         Sr.   5-10    200           Cody, Wyo.

RS    John Brown         Pittsburg State (Kan.)       Sr.   5-11    170            Homestead, Fla.

PK    Sam Brockshus    Minnesota State-Mankato   Sr.  5-11    205            Spencer, Iowa


First Team

Pos    Player               School                           Class   Ht.    Wt.         Hometown

DL     Matt Longacre     Northwest Missouri State    Jr.     6-3    240          Omaha, Neb.

DL     Darius Allen        Colorado State-Pueblo        Jr.     6-3    239          Pueblo, Colo.

DL     Jake Metz           Shippensburg (Pa.)            Sr.     6-7   255           Harleysville, Pa.

LB     Tavarius Wilson   North Alabama                  Sr.    5-11  235           Jackson, Miss.

LB     Jake Edmiston     Colorado Mesa                  Sr.     6-2   220            Palisade, Calif.

LB     Taylor McCuller    West Texas A&M              Sr.      6-2  240             Red Oak, Texas

LB     Nate Dreiling       Pittsburg State (Kan.)       Sr.     6-4   226             Hutchinson, Kan.

S      Michael Green      Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)          Sr.     6-0   195             Kingsland, Ga.

S      Jack Moro           St. Cloud State (Minn.)      Sr.    5-11  190             Brookfield, Wisc.

CB    Brandon Dixon   Northwest Missouri State   Sr.    6-0    195             Pompano Beach, Fla.

CB    Darnell Evans     Shaw (N.C.)                      Jr.     5-8   181              Madison, N.J.

P      Brandon Kleisen  Colorado State-Pueblo       Sr.   5-10  221              Pueblo, Colo.

Second Team

Pos    Player               School                           Class   Ht.    Wt.         Hometown

DL      Blake Baker        Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)            Jr.     6-1    215        Bethlehem, N.C.

DL      Charles Tuaau    Texas A&M-Commerce         Jr.    6-5     310       Wahiawa, Hawaii

DL      Larry Webster    Bloomsburg (Pa.)               Sr.    6-7     250       Hagerstown, Md.

LB      Keaton Stigger   Henderson State (Ark.)       Sr.   6-2      245       Collierville, Tenn.

LB      Isaiah Fleming     Cheyney (Pa.)                    Jr.   5-11     220       Wilmington, Dela.

LB      Carlos Fields, Jr.  Winston-Salem State (N.C.) Sr. 6-2       235       Henderson, N.C.

LB      Jaycob Coleman   Carson-Newman (Tenn.)    Sr.   6-1      205        Norton, Va.

S        Curtis Slater       West Texas A&M               Sr.  5-9       195        Houston, Texas

S        Justin Bell           Ohio Dominican                 Sr.  5-10     185        Columbus, Ohio

CB      Pierre Desir         Lindenwood (Mo.)             Sr.  6-2       206         St. Charles, Mo.

CB      Neiko Conway     Midwestern State (Texas)  Sr.  5-10     185          Houston, Texas

P        James McCombie Slippery Rock (Pa.)            Sr.  6-0       170          Nicktown, Pa.

The team, which is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems, is voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Bloomsburg senior running back Franklyn Quiteh and Northwest Missouri State junior defensive lineman Matt Longacre highlight the 2013 Daktronics All America squad released Wednesday morning by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America.

Quiteh, a three-time Harlon Hill Finalist, led the Huskies to the NCAA Division II playoffs in three of his four seasons including a second-round showing in 2013.

The 5-10, 206-pounder led the nation in rushing yards (2,195), rushing yards per game (182.9), rushing touchdowns (29) and scoring (15.7) this season.  Quiteh is the first player in NCAA Division II history to run for more than 2,000 yards in a season three times in his career and also broke the Division II mark for most games with more than 100 yards rushing with 42. He closes his career as D2’s second all-time leading rusher with 7,523 yards.

Quiteh also garnered Daktronics All America first-team honors as a freshman in 2010 and again as a junior in 2012.

Longacre spearheaded one of the top defensive units in the country serving as a key cog in Northwest Missouri State’s run to the NCAA Division II national championship game this weekend against Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.).

The 6-3, 240-pound defensive end accounted for 54 stops including 19.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks for the nation’s No. 7-ranked total defense. The stingy Bearcats are allowing a scant 286.5 yards per game heading into the title game.

Quiteh is joined on the first-team by fellow Harlon Hill finalist Dustin Vaughan of West Texas A&M.

Vaughan led the Buffaloes to a national quarterfinalist showing by leading NCAA Division II in total passing yards (5,401), passing touchdowns (53) and points responsible for (326). He was second in passing yards per game (385.8) and completions per game (31.9) while rating third in total offense per game (399.3). Vaughan closed his collegiate career passing for 13,525 yards and 123 touchdowns.

Two of the top statistical receiving threats in NCAA Division II also gained first-team honors in Saginaw Valley State’s Jeff Janis and West Texas A&M’s Torrence Allen.

Janis, a senior from Tawas City, Mich., earned first-team honors for a second consecutive season finishing with 83 receptions for 1,572 yards and 14 touchdowns. He accounted for 100 receiving yards in eight games this season including a 15-catch, 331-yard, 4-touchdown performance against Hillsdale (Mich.).

Allen, a senior from Meridian, Texas, amassed 123 receptions for 1,668 yards and 12 touchdowns as Vaughan’s top target. He accounted for 100 receiving yards eight times in 2013 while topping the 10-catch barrier on six occasions.

Southwest Minnesota State running back Tyler Tonderum and Grand Valley State (Mich.) tight end Jamie Potts fill out the skill positions.

Tonderum, a 5-10, 191-pound junior, finished as Division II’s second-best rusher with 2,145 yards and 19 touchdowns. He topped the century mark nine times this fall including four 200-yard efforts with a high of 343 yards with three touchdowns against Minnesota State-Moorhead. Tonderum also carried the ball 50 times for 282 yards at Upper Iowa.

Potts, a 6-3 sophomore from Ravenna, Mich., made 54 receptions for 899 yards and 11 touchdowns for the NCAA Division II national semifinalist Lakers.

Grand Valley State’s Matt Armstrong was the top vote getter on the offensive line. The 6-3, 290-pounder from Lansing, Mich. claimed the Remington Award as D2’s top center and was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award.

Armstrong is joined on the line by fellow Upshaw finalist Brian Clarke of Bloomsburg (Pa.), who repeats as a Daktronics first-teamer. West Texas A&M senior Craig Watts, Northwest Missouri State senior Cody Carlson and Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) sophomore Joe Ray fill out the first-team selections.

West Texas A&M's Sergio Castillo, Jr. connected on 24-of-30 field goals and was 8-of-11 on attempts beyond 40 yards to earn top place kicking honors for the second straight year, while Shepherd (W. Va.) redshirt-freshman C.J. Davis garnered first-team return specialist honors after leading the nation in punt return average (24.9) including returns for scores against Virginia-Wise and Notre Dame (Ohio).

Joining Longacre on the first-team defensive line is Upshaw Award winner Darius Allen of Colorado State-Pueblo and finalist Jake Metz of Shippensburg (Pa.).

Allen, the Super Region Four Defensive Player of the Year, enjoyed a breakout campaign with 60 tackles while ranking second nationally with 18.5 sacks and was six with 34 stops loss.

Metz, the Super Region One Defensive Player of the Year, earned first-team Daktronics honors for the second consecutive season finishing with 62 tackles including 18 for loss and 11 sacks.

Super Region Two Defensive Player of the Year Tavarius Wilson of North Alabama leads the linebacker corps finishing with 123 tackles with 23 tackles for loss and four sacks.

He is joined by Colorado Mesa senior Jake Edmiston (177 tackles, 15.0 TFL, 5.0 sacks), West Texas A&M senior Taylor McCuller (152 tackles, 8.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks) and four-team Daktronics All-American Nate Dreiling (109 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 1.0 sack) of Pittsburg State (Kan.).

Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) senior Michael Green (85 tackles, 8 interceptions, 6 pass breakups) and St. Cloud State (Minn.) senior Jack Moro (75 tackles, 7 interceptions, 3 pass breakups) are the first-team safeties while Northwest Missouri State senior Brandon Dixon (31 tackles, 1 interception, 11 pass breakups) and Shaw (N.C.) junior Darnell Evans (37 tackles, 11 interceptions, 10 pass breakups) earned top accolades at cornerback.

Colorado State-Pueblo Brandon Kleisen was named the first-team punter after ranking second in NCAA Division II with a 45.2 punting average. The senior from Pueblo, Colo. placed 19 of his 60 punts inside the 20-yard line.

The Ron Lenz National Player of the Year award was named for long time South Dakota State sports information director Ron Lenz in 2008. Lenz was instrumental in the foundation of the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America program.

The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable displays systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The team is voted on by the NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA).