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Pioneer Football League announces 29th All-PFL Teams

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Pioneer Football League’s head coaches named 61 student-athletes to the league’s 29th All-Pioneer Football League Teams, Tuesday. In addition to the 61 student-athletes recognized on the league’s first and second teams, 90 student-athletes received honorable mention recognition.

The 29th All-PFL Teams follow the announcement of the league’s Major Award Winners, Monday. The league names its 29th Academic All-PFL team and its Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Wednesday, concluding the league’s awards week.

Morehead State senior wide receiver BJ Byrd, the PFL Offensive Player of the Year, was the lone unanimous First Team All-PFL selection in 2021. Two defensive players earned their third career First Team All-PFL selection this fall: Morehead State defensive lineman and PFL Defensive Player of the Year Vaughn Taylor Jr. and San Diego senior defensive back Michael Hawkins.

The 30-member First Team All-PFL list sees 13 student-athletes return after earning First Team All-PFL honors in the spring with four moving up to the first team after receiving second team recognition in the spring. One member of the spring honorable mention group – San Diego defensive back Alex Rogers – moved up to the first team this fall with 12 first-time honorees named to the first team.

Four freshmen earned First Team All-PFL recognition: Presbyterian wide receiver Jalyn Witcher, Butler redshirt freshman Yogi Flager, and Morehead State freshman long snapper Brady McKnight. In addition, five freshmen earned Second Team All-PFL honors including both the league’s Freshman Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year in St. Thomas running back Hope Adebayo and linebacker Luke Herzog.

2021 All-Pioneer Football League First Team

Pos. Player School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
OFFENSE
WR BJ Byrd (U, 1) Morehead State 6-0 190 Sr. Richmond, Calif.
WR Yogi Flager (2) Butler 5-10 165 RFr. Fairview Heights, Ill.
WR Jalyn Witcher Presbyterian 5-10 175 Fr. Little Rock, Ark.
QB Mark Pappas (1) Morehead State 6-2 213 RJr. Avon Lake, Ohio
RB Jake Chisholm Dayton 5-9 191 Jr. Union, Ky.
RB Robert Washington (1) Valparaiso 5-11 220 Sr. Huntersville, N.C.
FB Coy Williams (1) Davidson 5-11 213 Sr. Lumberton, Texas
A-P Jake Chisholm Dayton 5-9 191 Jr. Union, Ky.
TE Jackson Sherrard (2) Davidson 6-5 233 Sr. Olney, Md.
OL Cole Foley (2) Davidson 6-4 290 Sr. Winston-Salem, N.C.
OL Cam Marriott (1) Morehead State 6-3 300 Jr. Redlands, Calif.
OL Khalil Miller (1) Davidson 6-3 302 Sr. Lithonia, Ga.
OL Matt Weimann St. Thomas 6-3 312 Jr. Oakdale, Minn.
OL DJ Wright (1) San Diego 6-4 275 RSr Pittsburg, Calif.
DEFENSE
DL William Buck San Diego 6-0 285 RSo. Sacramento, Calif.
DL Jonathan Hammond (2) Davidson 6-2 227 So. Dunwoody, Ga.
DL Fermon Reid (1) Stetson 6-0 245 Sr. Naples, Fla.
DL Vaughn Taylor Jr. (3x, 1) Morehead State 6-2 252 Sr. Washington, D.C.
LB Grant Dyer Dayton 6-2 224 RJr. Crescent Springs, Ky.
LB Jayden Johnson Marist 6-0 230 RJr. Linden, N.J.
LB Zack Rumpke Dayton 6-2 303 RJr. Lexington, Ky.
LB Vincent Winey (1) Morehead State 6-1 230 Sr. Lindenhurst, N.Y.
DB Brandon Easterling Dayton 6-0 206 Sr. Fairborn, Ohio
DB Michael Hawkins (3x, 1) San Diego 6-1 200 Sr. San Diego, Calif.
DB Alex Rogers (H) Drake 6-0 210 5th Yr. Racine, Wis.
DB Teddy Wright Marist 6-0 212 RSr. Sharon Hill, Pa.
SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Brian Bartholomew (1) Valparaiso 5-11 165 RJr. Sugar Grove, Ill.
P Ben Niesner (1) Valparaiso 6-0 200 RSr. Black Diamond, Wash.
RS Mekhai Johnson Marist 5-11 201 RSr. Dorchester, Mass.
LS Brady McKnight Morehead State 6-1 200 Fr. Stephens City, Va.
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 2020-21; 2-was a second-team selection in 2020-21; H-was a honorable mention selection in 2020-21.

 

2021 All-Pioneer Football League Second Team

Pos. Player School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
OFFENSE
WR Nazeviah Burris Stetson 6-0 180 Fr. Union, S.C.
WR Vance Jefferson San Diego 6-0 185 Fr. Poway, Calif.
WR Dwayne Menders Jr. Marist 5-10 155 RJr. Miramar, Fla.
QB Jack Cook Dayton 6-0 207 Sr. Cranberry Township, Pa.
RB Hope Adebayo St. Thomas 5-8 184 Fr. Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
RB Dylan Sparks Davidson 6-0 209 Jr. Centreville, Va.
FB Nick Rice St. Thomas 5-10 194 Sr. Elk River, Minn.
A-P Delvecchio Powell Presbyterian 5-9 190 RSo. Pooler, Ga.
TE Matt DeBlaiso Morehead State 6-4 235 Grad. Seaford, N.Y.
TE Michael Gadinis San Diego 6-1 220 RSr. San Diego, Calif.
OL Billy Corte Stetson 6-5 285 RSo. Cleveland, Ohio
OL Ben Johnson Marist 6-3 282 RJr. South Williamsport, Pa.
OL Beck Kipperman Davidson 6-2 259 So. Round Rock, Texas
OL Grant Purlee Butler 6-2 305 RSr. Fort Wayne, Ind.
OL Mike Ruggeri St. Thomas 6-2 293 Sr. St. Louis, Mo.
DEFENSE
DL Jake Hoper Drake 6-4 269 Sr. South Beloit, Ill.
DL Max Johnson Drake 6-3 280 5th Yr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
DL Muhindo Kapapa San Diego 6-2 275 RSr. Fairfield, Calif.
DL Trejuan Purty Valparaiso 6-0 225 RSr. Maryville, Tenn.
LB Mike Arrington Marist 5-11 212 RJr. Ashburn, Va.
LB Luke Herzog St. Thomas 6-2 229 Fr. Mendota Heights, Minn.
LB Kama Kamaka San Diego 6-1 210 Sr. Kailua, Hawaii
LB Ben Schmiesing Dayton 6-1 226 Grad. Piqua, Ohio
DB Clayborne Fields III Marist 5-11 190 RJr. Franklin, N.J.
DB Luke Glenna St. Thomas 5-11 188 Sr. Edina, Minn.
DB Isaiah Hall St. Thomas 5-8 168 Sr. Burnsville, Minn.
DB Cooper Krezek Morehead State 6-0 200 RFr. Kansas City, Mo.
SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Sam Webster Dayton 5-10 265 So. Richfield, Ohio
P Andrew Foster Morehead State 6-3 222 Sr. Knoxville, Tenn.
RS Chuck Maxwell Valparaiso 5-5 140 So. Elkhart, Tenn.
LS Ryan Kriceri Drake 6-2 235 5th Yr. Aurora, Ill.

 

2021 All-Pioneer Football League Honorable Mention

BUTLER: Devin Aguilar (Sr., CB); Jacob Cain (RFr., LS/SS); Gaven Johnson (Sr., OT); Austin Korba (RFr., DT); Johnny O’Shea (RJr., WR); Connor Reid (RJr., S); Austin Schwantz (Sr., TE); Trevor Scott (Sr., C); Skyler Spetter (RJr., OT); JJ Wadas (RFr., K). DAVIDSON: Jake Alexander (Sr., LB); Louis Colosimo (Sr., QB); Aris Hilliard (Jr., AP); Dreylan Hines (Sr., S); Jalen Jefferson (Sr., LB); Kaedon Jenkins (Jr., CB); Aaron Maione (Fr., RS); Evan Pritchard (Sr., P); Jordan Reed (Sr., DT); Jalen Staples (Sr., WR). DAYTON: Sam Bubonics (Jr., WR); Kyle Finnick (Sr., DT); Owen Smith (Grad., LS); Brian Stevens (Jr., OT); David Tkatch (Jr., OT). DRAKE: Declan Carr (Sr., LB); Shane Dunning (So., P); Colin Howard (Jr., WR); Will Kulick (5th Yr., LB); Joey Lukrich (Jr., CB); Danny Morales (Sr., KR); Danny Morales (Sr., S); Ross Palmer (So., RG); Jeran Proctor (5th Yr., CB). MARIST: Jacob Abill (RSr., DE); Aaron Acosta (RJr., DE); Hunter Cobb (RJr., RB); Austin Day (RSr., QB); Nick Foglia (RSr., DT); Mekhai Johnson (RSr., RB); Art Pinckney (RJr., LB). MOREHEAD STATE: DeVonte Adams (Sr., WR); Issiah Aguero (Sr., RB); Cam Barrett (Sr., LB); Devon Connors (Jr., DL); Andrew Foster (Sr., PK/P); Khiyree Keith (Jr., DB); Tyler Noble (Sr., DB); Jaxsen Spears (Fr., OL). PRESBYTERIAN: Ren Hefley (RSo., QB); Alex Herriott (Fr., LB); Delvecchio Powell (RSo., RB); Matthew Rivera (So., WR); Blake Tyler (Sr., C). SAN DIEGO: David Ambagtsheer (Jr., LB); Christian Brown (Jr., WR); Michael Carner (Jr., WR); Brandon Eickert (Jr., K); Bryce Fledderman (Sr., QB); Dominic Graziani (Sr., FB); Mykee Irving (Grad., DL); Cassius Johnson (Sr., CB); Finley Lecky (So., C); Hunter Nichols (Sr., S); Terrence Smith (Sr., RB); Amir Wallace (Jr., CB). ST. THOMAS: Jonathan Bunce (So., OLB); Kolby Gartner (So., P); Joe Hird (Sr., CB/NB); Jack Mohler (So., ILB); Alec Rasmussen (Fr., OT); Max Zimmerman (Jr., TE). STETSON: Dominic Carlucci (RSo., TE); Majeste’ Hansberry (Sr., LB); Josh Hughes (RFr., DT); Ethan Hull (Jr., LB); Rassie Littlejohn (Jr., FS); Jalen Mason (Sr., WR); Davion Maxwell (RSo., SS); Alex Piccirilli (Sr., QB); Michael Wojciechowski (RSo., LS). VALPARAISO: Evan Annis (Jr., LB); Aaron Byrd (Sr., OL); Doug Haugh (Sr., LS); Connor Hebbeler (RSr., TE); Jadarius Horton (Sr., CB); Austin Martins (Sr., DE); Trey Psota (Sr., LB); Ollie Reese (Sr., WR); Keyon Turner (So., CB).

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