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Five-Time first-team pick Searles leads 25th Annual All-PFL Teams

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

SAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Fifty-nine student athletes have been named to the 25th All-Pioneer Football League teams, Tuesday. All selections were made by the league’s coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.

San Diego senior defensive lineman Jonathan Petersen, who was the league’s unanimous selection as Defensive Player of the Year, was a unanimous pick for First-Team All-PFL. It is the third consecutive year the Torero’s defensive leader has earned First-Team All-PFL honors.

Petersen was joined as a unanimous First-Team All-PFL honoree by Dayton punter Sean Smith and Butler wide receiver Pace Temple. It is the second consecutive season three student-athletes were unanimous First-Team choices by the league’s coaches.

In addition to Petersen, Marist wide receiver Juston Christian, Dayton defensive back and return specialist Christian Searles and Dayton’s Smith also were named First-Team All-PFL for a third time in their career. Searles earned First-Team All-PFL honors at two different positions in the same season for the second time in his career and has earned five first-team citations in his career.

A further three 2017 honorees received their second first-team award, each from San Diego: quarterback Anthony Lawrence and offensive linemen Miles McArdle and Daniel Cooney.

A testament to the league’s burgeoning underclassmen ranks, 14 of the first and second-team All-PFL selections were freshmen or sophomores in 2017. That total includes a quartet of freshmen named All-PFL: first-team selection Davidson freshman running back Wesley Dugger as well as second team honorees Campbell quarterback Daniel Smith, San Diego freshman running back Emilio Martinez, Dayton tight end Adam Trautman and Stetson defensive back JJ Henderson.

In addition to the 59 student-athletes recognized on the league’s first and second teams, 74 student-athletes received honorable mention recognition.

The Academic All-PFL team, highlighted by the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, will be released Wednesday, concluding the league’s awards week.

2017 All-Pioneer Football League First Team

(as selected by PFL head coaches)
Pos. Player School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
OFFENSE (3 RBs due to tie in voting)
WR Pace Temple (U, 2) Butler 6-2 200 Jr. Geneva, Ill.
WR Juston Christian (1, 3x) Marist 6-0 186 Jr. Owings Mills, Md.
WR Justin Priest San Diego 6-2 212 Sr. El Dorado Hills, Calif.
QB Anthony Lawrence (1) San Diego 6-1 195 RJr. La Mesa, Calif.
TE Ross Dwelley (2) San Diego 6-5 240 RSr. El Dorado Hills, Calif.
RB Sam Schrader Butler 5-10 210 RSr. Mishawaka, Ind.
RB Wesley Dugger Davidson 6-0 192 Fr. Cincinnati, Ohio
RB Tucker Yinger (H) Dayton 6-0 191 Sr. Columbus, Ohio
FB Zach Nelson San Diego 6-2 240 RSo. Danville, Calif.
OL Payson Wick (H) Drake 6-3 282 5th. Floosmoor, Ill.
OL Ryan Lemke (H) Drake 6-3 297 5th Germantown, Wis.
OL Miles McArdle (1) San Diego 6-3 290 Sr. Napa, Calif.
OL Joe Hurney (2) San Diego 6-2 290 Sr. Charlotte, N.C.
OL Daniel Cooney (1) San Diego 6-8 315 RJr. Western Springs, Ill.
DEFENSE
DL Emmanuel Olenga Campbell 6-4 260 RSo. Charlotte, N.C.
DL Nathan Clayberg (H) Drake 6-4 282 Sr. Pella, Iowa
DL Tanner Evans (H) Drake 6-2 246 5th Gretna, Neb.
DL Jonathan Petersen (U, 1, 3x) San Diego 6-1 240 RSr. Poway, Calif.
LB Jack Crain (2) Dayton 6-2 227 RSr. Lisle, Ill.
LB Willie Barrett (2) Marist 5-11 227 RJr. Holiday, Fla.
LB Max Michaels San Diego 5-9 190 RSr. Poway, Calif.
LB Jeb Boudreaux (2) Stetson 5-10 200 5th Mobile, Ala.
DB Carlos Merritt Campbell 6-0 195 RSr. Union City, Ga.
DB Christian Searles (1, 3x) Dayton 5-9 182 Sr. Chicago, Ill.
DB Sean Lynch Drake 5-9 181 Sr. Hawthorn Woods, Ill.
DB Colton Giorgi San Diego 6-1 208 Sr. El Dorado Hills, Calif.
SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Drew Bevelhimer Butler 6-1 185 So. Indianapolis, Ind.
P Sean Smith (U, 1, 3x) Dayton 6-4 222 Jr. Avondale, Pa.
RS Christian Searles (1) Dayton 5-9 192 Sr. Chicago, Ill.
LS Conrad Mueller (H) Davidson 5-11 193 Sr. Waxhaw, N.C.
Notes in parentheses: U-indicates a player was a unanimous first-team selection, 4x-is a four-time first-team All-PFL selection; 3x-is a three-time first-team All-PFL selection, 1-was a first-team selection in 2016, 2-was a second-team selection in 2016, H-was a honorable mention selection in 2016; FR-was a Freshman Player of the Year in 2016.

2017 All-Pioneer Football League Second Team

(as selected by PFL head coaches)
Pos. Player School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
OFFENSE (3 RBs, 6 OLs due to ties in voting)
WR Aaron Blockmon Campbell 6-1 206 RJr. Sanford, N.C.
WR Steven Doran Drake 6-3 212 Jr. Germantown, Wis.
WR Jarin Higginbotham Morehead State 6-0 195 RJr. Liberty Township, Ohio.
QB Daniel Smith Campbell 6-0 200 RFr. Leesburg, Va.
TE Adam Trautman Dayton 6-1 225 Fr. Williamsburg, Mich.
RB Irvin Riley Jacksonville 5-9 185 So. Savannah, Ga.
RB Marcellus Calhoun Marist 6-0 197 RSr. Columbus, Ohio
RB Emilio Martinez San Diego 5-9 190 Fr. Salinas, Calif.
FB Keenan Simpson Jacksonville 5-7 205 So. Summerville, S.C.
OL Shuler Littleton Campbell 6-7 300 RJr. York, S.C.
OL Ben Gauthier Dayton 6-2 275 Jr. Avon, Ohio
OL Jordan Lewinsky Drake 6-5 290 Sr. Mequon, Wis.
OL Richard Duncan-Murphy Marist 6-3 325 RSr. Bensalem, Pa.
OL Liam Maloney Morehead State 6-4 328 RSr. Liberty Township, Ohio
OL Tom Schofield Valparaiso 6-3 285 Jr. Chicago, Ill.
DEFENSE
DL Chad Burdo Butler 6-1 275 RSr. Oswego, Ill.
DL Josh Willis Butler 6-2 234 RSr. Bowie, Md.
DL Mack Marrin Drake 6-2 246 5th Mendota Heights, Minn.
DL Eddie Zinn-Turner Marist 6-1 298 RSo. Malvern, Ohio
LB Ethan Brunhofer Butler 6-2 220 Sr. Denver, Colo.
LB Mike Maize Drake 5-11 238 5th Des Plaines, Ill.
LB Trevor Tufano Jacksonville 5-11 210 So. New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
LB Nick Turner Valparaiso 6-1 225 Jr. Gurnee, Ill.
DB Isaak Newhouse Butler 6-1 200 Sr. Grand Haven, Mich.
DB Griffin Garland Jacksonville 6-0 195 Sr. Jupiter, Fla.
DB Ray Clark San Diego 5-11 201 Sr. Brentwood, Calif.
DB JJ Henderson Stetson 5-10 161 RFr. Tampa, Fla.
SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Trevor Smith Davidson 6-3 195 Sr. Tampa, Fla.
P Jack Flatau San Diego 5-9 180 RSr. Oceanside, Calif.
RS Bailey Gessinger Valparaiso 5-10 165 So. Napanee, Ind.
LS Griffin Garland Jacksonville 6-0 195 Sr. Jupiter, Fla.

2017 All-Pioneer Football League Honorable Mention

BUTLER: Connor Andras (DL & LS); Mason Brunner (LB); Bobby Jensen (OL); Duvante Lane (FB); Dakota Sneed (OL). CAMPBELL: Mitchell Brown (K); Ray Miller (LB); Jack Ryan (LB); Tyler Shirley (LS); Dante Simmons (CB). DAVIDSON: George Hatalowich (DB);  Nick Nolting (OL); Bryce Perry Martin (DL); Will Wicks (WR). DAYTON: Wes Hegemann (OL); Alex Jeske (QB); David Leisring (DB); Nick Surges (DL); Matt Tunnacliffe (LS). DRAKE: Jabari Butler (CB); Devin Cates (WR); Danny Donley (K); Grant Kraemer (QB); Kyrell Newell (CB); Connor Ostrander (TE); Peter Read (DL); Kieran Severa (LB); Terry Wallen (DB); Will Warner (DB). JACKSONVILLE: Jake Dempsey (OL); Prince Gray (WR); Tyler Havenner (DL); Jake Howell (OL); Thomas Oporto (LB); Jaleel Roberts (OL); Emon Smith (DB); Calvin Turner Jr. (DB); Caysaun Wakeley (LB). MARIST: Wes Beans (DB); Lawrence Dickens (WR); Jordyn Jean-Felix (DB); Brandon Miller (CB); Dan Wittekind (OL). MOREHEAD STATE: Braylyn Cook (DB); Brandon Fields (LS); Landon Hurst (WR); Chauncey Johns (DB); Lawson Page (QB); Juanyea Tarver (RS). SAN DIEGO: Michael Bandy (WR); KJ Mahoney (LB); Emilio Martinez (RS); Kishan Patel (CB); Trevor Provencio (OL); Connor Spencer (DL); Marcus Vaivao (LB). STETSON: Eddie Curry (DL); Jeff Fallabel (DL); Matias Gasc (P); Justin Jordan (WR); Eric Martin (DB); Donald Parham (TE); Andrew Rogalski (OL); Shayne White (DL). VALPARAISO: Jack Jarnigan (OL); Dimitrios Latsonas (K); Jarrett Morgan (RB); Donny Navarro (WR); JJ Nunes (DB); Drew Snouffer (LB).

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