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Four-Time First-Team selections Christian and Smith Highlight 26th All-PFL Teams

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Sixty student-athletes have been named to the 26th 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.

Marist senior wide receiver Juston Christian and Dayton senior punter Sean Smith joined an elite group of PFL athletes, each earning their fourth career First-Team All-PFL selection. Christian ended his career as the first PFL wide receiver – and 17th in FCS history – to surpass 4,000 career receiving yards (4,069 career yards). Smith’s tenure with the Flyers saw him set the PFL career mark for punting average (42.50) which had stood since 2012.

In addition, redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Lawrence and redshirt senior offensive lineman Dan Cooney – both members of the San Diego football squad – earned their third First-Team All-PFL honor. Lawrence, behind an offensive line led by Cooney, finished with a PFL record 12,628 career passing yards.

Lawrence led a group of four unanimous First-Team All-PFL honorees. He was joined by San Diego junior wide receiver Michael Bandy, Butler senior wide receiver Pace Temple, and Dayton redshirt senior running back Tucker Yinger.

Other repeat First-Team All-PFL selections were Temple, Yinger, Davidson sophomore running back Wesley Dugger, San Diego redshirt junior offensive lineman Jake Michaels, Drake redshirt senior defensive lineman Nathan Clayberg and Marist redshirt senior linebacker Willie Barrett. All told, 10 members of the First-Team All-PFL were repeat honorees from 2017.

Eleven members of the first and second-team All-PFL selections were freshmen or sophomores in 2018. That total includes six underclassmen named First-Team All-PFL: Dugger, Jacksonville freshman fullback Garnett Nicolas, Davidson sophomore offensive lineman Zion Johnson, San Diego redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Nick Friedel, and Dayton redshirt sophomore linebacker Andrew Lutgens.

In addition to the 60 student-athletes recognized on the league’s first and second teams, 72 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.

2018 All-Pioneer Football League First Team

(as selected by PFL head coaches)
Pos. Player School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
OFFENSE (Six offensive linemen due to tie in voting)
WR Michael Bandy (U, H) San Diego 5-11 190 Jr. La Mirada, California
WR Juston Christian (4x) Marist 6-0 188 Sr. Owings Mills, Maryland
WR Pace Temple (U, 1) Butler 6-1 200 Sr. Geneva, Illinois
QB Anthony Lawrence (U, 3x) San Diego 6-1 195 RSr. La Mesa, California
TE Donald Parham (H) Stetson 6-8 240 Sr. Lakeland, Florida
RB Wesley Dugger (1) Davidson 6-0 192 So. Henrico, Virginia
RB Tucker Yinger (U, 1) Dayton 5-11 187 RSr. Columbus, Ohio
FB Garnett Nicolas Jacksonville 6-2 225 Fr. Florida, New York
OL Dan Cooney (3x) San Diego 6-8 315 RSr. Western Springs, Illinois
OL Jake Dempsey (H) Jacksonville 6-2 300 Sr. Bunnell, Florida
OL Ben Gauthier (2) Dayton 6-2 275 Sr. Avon, Ohio
OL Zion Johnson Davidson 6-3 266 So. Bowie, Maryland
OL Jake Michaels (1) San Diego 6-3 280 RJr. Poway, California
OL Andrew Rogalski Stetson 6-4 292 Sr. Bethesda, Maryland
DEFENSE (Five linebackers due to tie in voting)
DL Nathan Clayberg (1) Drake 6-5 294 RSr. Pella, Iowa
DL Gavin Dineen Drake 6-3 284 Jr. Algonquin, Illinois
DL Nick Friedel San Diego 6-3 235 RSo. San Ramon, California
DL Nick Surges (H) Dayton 6-3 237 RSr. Naperville, Illinois
LB Willie Barrett (1) Marist 5-11 226 RSr. Holiday, Florida
LB Colby Duncan Stetson 6-2 208 RJr. Jacksonville, Florida
LB Andrew Lutgens Dayton 6-3 202 RSo. Brentwood, Tennessee
LB Kieran Severa (H) Drake 6-0 215 RSr. Lawrence, Kansas
LB Drew Snouffer (H) Valparaiso 6-0 230 Sr. Columbus, Ohio
DB Jabari Butler (H) Drake 5-11 186 RSr. Chicago, Illinois
DB David Leisring (H) Dayton 6-1 190 Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio
DB Brandon Miller (H) Marist 5-10 189 RSr. Suwanee, Georgia
DB Will Warner (H) Drake 6-3 201 Jr. Pella, Iowa
SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Danny Donley (H) Drake 5-8 154 Sr. Tulsa, Oklahoma
P Sean Smith (4x) Dayton 6-4 228 Sr. Avondale, Pennsylvania
RS Michael Armstead San Diego 5-11 175 Jr. Monterey, California
LS Matt Tunnacliffe (H) Dayton 6-3 200 Sr. West Chester, Ohio
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 2017, 2-was a second-team selection in 2017, H-was a honorable mention selection in 2017; FR-was a Freshman Player of the Year in 2017.

 

2018 All-Pioneer Football League Second Team

Pos. Player School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
OFFENSE
WR Steven Burdette Stetson 5-11 168 Jr. Sardis, Mississippi
WR Steve Doran Drake 6-3 216 Sr. Germantown, Wisconsin
WR Jarin Higginbotham Morehead State 6-0 200 RSr. Liberty Township, Ohio
QB Colin McGovern Stetson 6-1 200 RSr. Emerson, New Jersey
TE Adam Trautman Dayton 6-0 225 RSr. Williamsburg, Michigan
RB Emilio Martinez San Diego 5-9 190 So. Salinas, California
RB Jareem Westcott Stetson 5-10 185 Fr. St. Augustine, Florida
FB Jorell Story Davidson 6-0 228 Jr. Dallas, Georgia
OL Tommy Kennedy Butler 6-4 285 RJr. Lake Bluff, Illinois
OL James McCammon Stetson 6-4 300 Sr. Eau Gallie, Florida
OL Grant Snow Drake 6-2 266 RSr. Columbia, Illinois
OL Ethan Steinbacher Davidson 6-2 278 Jr. Concord, North Carolina
OL Aidan Valencia San Diego 6-6 275 Jr. San Diego, California
DEFENSE
DL Erin Morgan Drake 6-2 234 Sr. Aurora, Illinois
DL Bryce Perry-Martin Davidson 6-1 266 Jr. Spring Lake, North Carolina
DL Enmanuel Soriano Marist 6-1 278 RSr. Wayne, New Jersey
DL Connor Spencer San Diego 6-3 285 RSr. Boulder, Colorado
LB Mason Brunner Butler 6-0 215 Jr. Harrison, Ohio
LB Kama Kamaka San Diego 6-1 195 So. Kailua, Hawaii
LB Kim Mahoney San Diego 6-2 230 RSr. San Diego, California
LB Connor Willis Drake 6-2 225 RSr. Glen Ellyn, Illinois
DB Arrion Archie San Diego 6-0 183 Sr. Vallejo, California
DB JJ Henderson Stetson 5-10 164 RSo. Tampa, Florida
DB Sean Lynch Drake 5-9 180 RSr. Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
DB Luke Sennett Butler 6-1 200 RJr. West Chester, Ohio
SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Drew Bevelhimer Butler 6-1 185 Jr. Indianapolis, Indiana
P Tanner Kuljian San Diego 5-10 170 RSo. Temecula, California
RS Bailey Gessinger Valparaiso 5-10 160 Jr. Napanee, Indiana
LS Mason Brunner Butler 6-0 215 JR. Harrison, Ohio
             

2018 All-Pioneer Football League Honorable Mention

BUTLER: Bobby Jensen (OL), Mickey Kane (DL), Carter Raliegh (LB), Dakota Sneed (OL), Brad Sznajder (RB), Ugo Udeogu (DL); DAVIDSON: Tony Collins (LB), Dreylan Hines (DB), Nick Nolting (LS), Clay Robinson (DL), Danial Runck (OL), Bryce Simmons (OL), Will Wicks (WR and RB); DAYTON: Joe Bruni (PK), Kyle Butz (RS), Jack Cook (QB), Michael Niese (OL), Isaac Sexton (DL); DRAKE: Jacob Bacon (OL), Devin Cates (WR), Cooper Christiano (DB), Zach DeLeon (TE), Brady Eckert (LS), Ross Kennedy (P), Jordan Lewinsky (OL), Peter Read (DL), Zac Rujawitz (LB), Tyler Terveer (OLB), Terry Wallen (RS); JACKSONVILLE: Javier Arce-Ramirez (PK), Dane Cordell (OL), CJ Lewis (DB), Crandall Maines (DL), Thomas Oporto (LB), Calvin Turner Jr. (QB), Caysaun Wakeley (LB); MARIST: Wes Beans (DB), Maliek Carr (LB), Grant Dixon (LB), Joe Giordano (LS), Jon Kanda (TE), Justice Seales (DB), Eric Taylor (DL), Ryan Webb (DB), Dan Wittekind (OL), Eddie Zinn Turner (DL); MOREHEAD STATE: Jamil Butler (DL), Andrew Foster (P), Ian Holder (RS), Kris Jones (OL), Sayyid Kanu (DB), Josh Poe (OL), Ben Price (OL); SAN DIEGO: David Tolbert (DB); STETSON: Bradley Alexander (LG), Alex Brown (RG), Reggie Gantt (SS), JJ Henderson (RS), Grant Hodges (FB), Justin Jordan (WR), Jonny Messina (K), Fermon Reid (DL), Jalon Scott (DB), Colin Wray (LS); VALPARAISO: Jamari Booker (DB), Jack Jarnigan (OL), Griffin Norberg (WR), Austin Petrie (LB), James Reed (DL), Tom Schofield (OL), Mike Wheeler (DL).

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