30 Iowa Conference titles
PELLA—Central College defensive end Danny Samson (Baxter, CMB HS) has been named to the D3football.com All-West Region first-team defense, while defensive back Eric Larson (Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) received second-team defense recognition for his play on special teams.
Samson, a 5-11, 255-pound senior, was named Iowa Conference football defensive MVP—the 15th league MVP award in program history. He led the league with 11.5 sacks over 10 games (1.15 per game) for 73 yards lost, and in tackles for loss with 21.5 for 96 yards lost. He also tied for second in fumbles recovered with two and recorded three of Central’s 11 blocked kicks—the second most blocks by an NCAA team. Samson was twice named to the D3football.com team of the week (Oct. 2, Oct. 23) and as conference defensive player of the week (Sept. 29, Oct. 20).
Larson, a 6-2, 175-pound junior, also tallied three blocked kicks, including the game-tying field goal attempt by conference foe Buena Vista, which was returned 85 yards for the game-clinching touchdown (a 23-13 win) with 1:35 remaining in the game. Larson joined Samson on the all-league first team as a defensive honoree. He was tied for first in the conference in pass breakups with 12 and was second with 14 total passes defended (12 breakups, two interceptions). Larson was also fifth on the team with 52 tackles.
Both Samson are Larson will be considered for the D3football.com All-America teams, which will be announced Friday, Dec. 20, on televised pregame coverage of the Division III championship game, the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl from Salem, Va.
Central posted a 6-4 overall record and finished tied for third in the league with a 4-3 mark. The Dutch have not had a losing season since 1960.
D3football.com 2013 All-West Region Team
Pos. Player School Yr. Hometown
DE Danny Samson Central Sr. Baxter, Iowa
DT Tyler Steele Linfield Sr. Salem, Ore.
DT Mitch Montgomery Coe Sr. Lisbon, Iowa
DE Nate Adams Conc.-Moorhead Jr. Litchfield, Minn.
LB Seth Mathis Bethel Sr. Anoka, Minn.
LB Cole Klotz Wis.-Whitewater Sr. Elm Grove, Wis.
LB Dom Forrest Linfield Sr. Portland, Ore.
CB Rob Austin Wis.-Platteville Jr. Calumet City, Ill.
S Alec French St. Scholastica Sr. Isanti, Minn.
S Austin Blashka Wis.-Oshkosh Sr. Menasha, Wis.
CB Marcus McLin Wis.-Whitewater Jr. Delavan, Wis.
P Nate Ray Wis.-Oshkosh Jr. Verona, Wis.
ST Dan Egan St. Norbert Jr. Skokie, Ill.
DE Andrew Robinson Wis.-Platteville So. Arcadia, Wis.
DT Marshall Rutherford Wis.-Whitewater Sr. Waterford, Wis.
DT Mychael Tuiasosopo Pacific Lutheran Sr. Everett, Wash.
DE Luke Buttenhoff Bethel Sr. Watertown, Minn.
LB Cody Seibel Wis.-Stevens Point Sr. Kewaskum, Wis.
LB Michael Juberian Augsburg Jr. Richfield, Minn.
LB Ryan Billings Wartburg Sr. Sterling, Ill.
CB Kenyon O’Brien Conc.-Moorhead Sr. Lake Park, Minn.
S Casey Monahan Whitworth Sr. Spokane, Wash.
S Kyle Wright Linfield Sr. Springfield, Ore.
CB Ed Dobernig Lake Forest Sr. New Berlin, Wis.
P Garrett Maloney St. Thomas Sr. Elm Grove, Wis.
ST Eric Larson Central Jr. Waverly, Iowa
DE Loussaint Minett Wis.-Whitewater Sr. Whitewater, Wis.
DT Riley Dombek St. Thomas Sr. Inver Grove Hts, Minn.
DT Daniel Kane Redlands Sr. Covina, Calif.
DE Cody Huemmer Wis.-Oshkosh Jr. Sun Prairie, Wis.
LB Jack Nelson Willamette Jr. Portland, Ore.
LB Cody Hickman Minnesota-Morris Sr. Spring Grove, Ill.
LB Tremayne Williams St. Thomas Sr. Appleton, Wis.
LB Kyle Wismer Wis.-Whitewater Sr. Spring Grove, Ill.
CB Spencer Capitani Wartburg Jr. Northwood, Iowa
S Matt Mehlhorn Bethel So. Lakeville, Minn.
S Hakeem Bourne- Augsburg Sr. Bloomington, Minn.
CB Tyson Giza Willamette Sr. Salem, Ore.
P Brik Wedekind Monmouth Sr. Princeton, Ill.
Pos. Player School Yr. Hometown
QB John Kelly Wis.-Platteville Sr. Chicago, Ill.
RB Jeffrey Dubose Gustavus Adolphus Sr. St. Paul, Minn.
RB Cole Myhra Wis.-Oshkosh Sr. Menomonee Falls, Wis.
WR Tyler Rutenbeck Dubuque Jr. Maquoketa, Iowa
WR Mitch Hallstrom Bethel Sr. Eden Prairie, Minn.
TE Adam Carl Augsburg Sr. Eagan, Minn.
T Jeff Schmidt Bethel Sr. Fergus Falls, Minn.
G Lucas Skibba Wis.-Whitewater Jr. Plover, Wis.
C Paul Santi Wis.-Eau Claire Sr. Kingsford, Mich.
G Nathan Yelton Coe Sr. Bloomington, Ill.
T Steven Schultz Linfield Sr. Tacoma, Wash.
K Eric Kindler Wis.-Whitewater Sr. Germantown, Wis.
RET Hakeem Bourne- Augsburg Sr. Bloomington, Minn.
QB Erik Peterson Bethel Jr. Orono, Minn.
RB Joel Sweeney Wis.-Eau Claire Sr. Tomah, Wis.
RB Cecil Brimmage Illinois College Sr. Alton, Ill.
WR Joey Sonnenfeld Augsburg So. Maple Grove, Minn.
WR Jake Kumerow Wis.-Whitewater Jr. Bartlett, Ill.
TE Joe Sommers Wis.-Oshkosh So. Hortonville, Wis.
T Chris Brinkmeier Wartburg Jr. Orangeville, Ill.
G Tevon Stephens-Brown Pacific Lutheran Jr. Tacoma, Wash.
C Chad Thompson Augsburg Sr. Maple Grove, Minn.
G Justin LaLonde Chapman Sr. Chandler, Ariz.
T Devon Greiber Wis.-Stout Sr. Wauankee, Wis.
K Josh Repp Linfield Sr. Alta Loma, Calif.
RET Justin Howard Wis.-Whitewater Jr. West Bend, Wis.
QB Matt Behrendt Wis.-Whitewater Jr. Westchester, Ill.
QB Josh Yoder Linfield Sr. Canby, Ore.
RB Trey Yocum Monmouth Sr. Bushnell, Ill.
RB Austin Duncan Hamline So. New Orleans, La.
WR Brad Vogel Simpson Sr. Donnellson, Iowa
WR Ryley Bailey Wis.-Platteville Sr. Elburn, Ill.
TE Brian Frett Carleton Sr. Wilmette, Ill.
T A.J. Ulrich Monmouth Sr. Morris, Ill.
G Jayson Eddy Wis.-Platteville Jr. Aurora, Ill.
C Garrett Porter Wis.-Oshkosh Sr. Princeton, Wis.
G Rob Bikowski Wis.-Oshkosh Sr. Oconto, Wis.
T Bubba Friedlund Bethel Sr. Farmington, Minn.
K Zach Litchfield Wis.-Platteville Sr. Waupaca, Wis.
RET Tyson Giza Willamette Sr. Salem, Ore.
There were ties for the final quarterback and linebacker slots.