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Pioneer Football League Announces 2022 Preseason All-PFL Team

Tuesday, August 2, 2022
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Pioneer Football League named 35 student-athletes to its Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team, Tuesday, including 11 returning First Team All-PFL selections.

Returning players named to the league’s 2021 All-PFL Teams were placed automatically on the 2022 Preseason All-PFL team, in order of head coaches voting.

Preseason favorite and defending champion Davidson notched four preseason selections: senior running back Dylan Sparks, graduate fullback Coy Williams, junior offensive lineman Beck Kipperman, and senior defensive lineman Jonathan Hammond. Sparks returns after finishing third among the league’s running back with 796 rushing yards in 10 games. Williams was tied for the league lead with 14 touchdowns while his 695 rushing yards were fifth-most among league backs. Hammond was among the league’s top four in both sacks (9.5) and tackles for loss (13.0) last season.

San Diego, picked to finish second in the Monday’s PFL Preseason Coaches’ Poll, had six student-athletes named to the preseason team: wide receiver Vance Jefferson, offensive lineman Finley Lecky, defensive lineman William Buck and Muhindo Kapapa, linebacker David Ambagtsheer, and defensive back Amir Wallace. Jefferson finished among the league’s top 10 in both receptions (44) and reception yards (498) during an 11-game season. Buck led the league with 10.0 sacks and was second with 15.0 tackles for loss while Kapapa tacked on 6.5 sacks to finish 2021 ranked fifth among all defenders. Ambagtsheer returns after posting 73 total tackles last season

St. Thomas, Dayton, and Stetson, who were picked third, fourth and ninth in the preseason poll, respectively, each had five student-athletes recognized in the preseason poll. Dayton senior all-purpose back Jake Chisholm earned two nods on the preseason team – one at running back where he amassed 1,033 yards in 10 games and another at all-purpose back after leading the league with 1,639 all-purpose yards. 

The upcoming 2022 season marks the 30th year for the Pioneer Football League – the nation’s only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. The league will feature 11 teams each playing an eight-game schedule to determine the league champion and recipient of the automatic bid to the NCAA FCS Championship.

The 2022 schedule gets underway Saturday, August 27 when Morehead State travels to Mercer. The rest of the league gets underway Saturday, Sept. 4. The 2022 PFL race starts in Week 4 (Sept. 24) with a four-game slate.

2022 Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team

(as selected by PFL head coaches)
Pos. Player School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
OFFENSE
WR Sam Bubonics (H) Dayton 5-11 177 RSo. Solon, Ohio
WR Nazeviah Burris (2) Stetson 6-0 180 So. Union, S.C.
WR Vance Jefferson (2) San Diego 6-0 185 So. Poway, Calif.
QB Alexander Piccirilli (H) Stetson 6-4 225 Gr. Jupiter, Fla.
TE Dominic Carlucci (H) Stetson 6-2 230 RSo. Raleigh, N.C.
RB Hope Adebayo (1) St. Thomas 5-8 184 So. Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
RB Jake Chisholm (1) Dayton 5-9 191 Sr. Union, Ky.
RB Dylan Sparks (1) Davidson 6-0 209 Sr. Centreville, Va.
FB Coy Williams (1) Davidson 5-11 213 RSr. Lumberton, Texas
A-P Jake Chisholm (1) Dayton 5-9 191 Sr. Union, Ky.
OL Aaron Byrd (H) Valparaiso 6-4 305 RSr. Bradley, Ill.
OL Beck Kipperman (2) Davidson 6-2 259 Jr. Round Rock, Texas
OL Finley Lecky (H) San Diego 6-1 270 Jr. Chandler, Ariz.
OL Cam Marriott (1) Morehead State 6-3 300 Jr. Redlands, Calif.
OL Brian Stevens (H) Dayton 6-2 290 RSo. Milford, Ohio
OL Matt Weimann (1) St. Thomas 6-3 312 Sr. Oakdale, Minn.
DEFENSE
DL William Buck (1) San Diego 6-0 285 RJr. Sacramento, Calif.
DL Jonathan Hammond (1) Davidson 6-2 208 Sr. Atlanta, Ga.
DL Muhindo Kapapa (2) San Diego 6-2 275 Gr. Fairfield, Calif.
DL Fermon Reid (1) Stetson 6-0 254 Gr. Naples, Fla.
LB David Ambagtsheer (H) San Diego 6-0 220 RSr. San Diego, Calif.
LB Mike Arrington (2) Marist 5-11 212 RSr. Ashburn, Va.
LB Majeste Hansberry (H) Stetson 6-2 215 RSr. Atlanta, Ga.
LB Luke Herzog (2) St. Thomas 6-2 229 So. Mendota Heights, Minn.
LB Ben Schmiesing (2) Dayton 6-1 232 Gr. Piqua, Ohio
DB Clay Fields (2) Marist 5-11 190 RSr. Franklin, N.J.
DB Luke Glenna (2) St. Thomas 5-11 188 Sr. Edina, Minn.
DB Cooper Krezek (2) Morehead State 6-0 200 RSo. Kansas City, Mo.
DB Amir Wallace (H) San Diego 6-1 180 Sr. Fairfield, Calif.
DB Teddy Wright (1) Marist 6-0 212 Gr. Sharon Hill, Pa.
SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Brian Bartholomew (1) Valparaiso 5-11 160 RSr. Sugar Grove, Ill.
P Shane Dunning (H) Drake 6-0 175 Jr. Muskego, Wis.
P Kolby Gartner (H) St. Thomas 6-2 217 Jr. St. Michael, Minn.
RS Chuck Maxwell (2) Valparaiso 5-5 140 Jr. Elkhart, Ind.
LS Brady McKnight (1) Morehead State 6-1 200 So. Stephens City, Va.
Notes in parentheses: 1-was a first-team selection; 2-was a second-team selection; H-was an honorable mention selection in previous year of competition.
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