|Three Bears Named Daktronics All-America|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:30|
Three members of the national-title bound Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team earned 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-American honors.
L-R sophomore offensive lineman Joe Ray (Atlanta, Ga.) and senior safety Michael Green (Kingsland, Ga.) were named to the first team while junior defensive lineman Blake Baker (Bethlehem, N.C.) earned second-team accolades.
Ray was the winner of the 2013 Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner, given annually to the top offensive lineman in the South Atlantic Conference. Ray anchors a line which ranks first in NCAA Division II in rushing yards at 377.9 yards per game.
Green, the 2013 South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player Of The Year, is currently third on the team in tackles with 85 in addition to a league-high eight interceptions. Green has returned three of those picks for touchdowns including one in the playoffs.
Both Ray and Green were first-team all-region honorees and were named All-Americans last week by the Beyond Sports Network (BSN).
Baker, a first-team all-conference and all-region honoree as well, leads the conference in quarterback sacks (12.5) to go along with 52 tackles with 19.5 coming for a loss. Baker was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award, given annually to the top offensive or defensive lineman in NCAA Division II.
No. 13 Lenoir-Rhyne (13-1) will take on second-ranked Northwest Missouri State (14-0) in the 2013 NCAA Division II National Football Championship this Saturday at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Ala., beginning at Noon. The game can be seen live on ESPN2.
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).
2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II
All-American Football Teams
First Team Offense
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, 205 Tobyhanna, Pa.
RB - Tyler Tonderum, Southwest Minnesota State, Jr., 5-10, 190, Armstrong, Iowa
RS - C.J. Davis, Shepherd, (W.Va.), Fr-RS, 5-9, 180, Hagerstown, Md.
PK - Sergio Castillo, Jr., West Texas A&M, Sr., 5-11, 195, La Joya, Texas
First Team Defense
DL - Matt Longacre, Northwest Missouri State, Jr., 6-3, 240, Omaha, Neb.
DL - Darius Allen, Colorado State-Pueblo, Jr., 6-3, 240, 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, 225, 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, 180, Madison, N.J.
P - Brandon Kleisen, Colorado State-Pueblo, Sr., 5-10, 220, Pueblo, Colo.
Second Team Offense
TE - Ryan Corbin, Southwestern Oklahoma State, 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, 285, 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
Second Team Defense
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, Del.
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, 205, 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.
Ron Lenz Players of the Year
Offensive - Franklyn Quiteh, RB, Bloomsburg (Pa.)
Defensive - Matt Longacre, DL, Northwest Missouri State
Photo Courtesy: Blake Baker, L-R Athletics
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