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  • Brown, Dreiling selected by Daktronics

  • Daktronics released its Division II All-America team on Tuesday and Pittsburg State junior return specialist John Brown and junior linebacker Nate Dreiling both made the second team.

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  • Daktronics released its Division II All-America team on Tuesday and Pittsburg State junior return specialist John Brown and junior linebacker Nate Dreiling both made the second team.
    Missouri Western senior running back Michael Hill and Northwest Missouri senior safety Nate DeJong earned first team recognition and joining Brown and Dreiling on the second team are Emporia State senior tight end Adam Schiltz, Missouri Western senior offensive lineman Macon Allan, Missouri Southern senior defensive lineman Brandon Williams, Missouri Western senior defensive lineman David Bass, Northwest Missouri senior linebacker Collin DeBuysere and Northwest Missouri junior cornerback Brandon Dixon.
    Brown and Dreiling both made the first team last year.
    In fact, Daktronics picked Dreiling as first team linebacker both his freshman and sophomore years. Dreiling joined running back Steve Howard, punter Brian Moorman and defensive lineman Aaron McConnell as the only PSU freshmen accorded All-American status. No. 11 enters his senior year the No. 3 all-time tackler in school history.
    Brown ended his junior season as the PSU all-time leading receiver (124 receptions after two seasons in Pittsburg) and caught 63 passes for 973 yards and eight touchdowns. No. 5 finished with 2,000 all-purpose yards, second in NCAA-II after leading the nation for the vast majority of the season.
    Hill established a single-season Missouri Western rushing record with 2,168 yards and finished his distinguished career in St. Joseph as the school’s all-time leading rusher with 4,969 yards and the leading all-purpose gainer with 5,851. He also owns career records for carries (928) and rushing TDs (35).
    Hill joins Pennsylvania standouts, quarterback Zach Zulli of Shippensburg and running back Franklyn Quiteh of Bloomsburg, as the final three for the Harlon Hill, which will be awarded Friday.
    Quiteh rushed for 2,121 yards and 24 TDs in 12 games.
    Zulli was not recognized by the American Football Coaches Association on Monday, not for a season of 54 TD passes and 4,747 passing yards. His 54 TDs tied a single-season record and he established new NCAA single-season records for points responsible for in a season (344) and TDs responsible for in a season (57). In a single game against Kutztown, Zulli passed for 581 yards and nine TDs. Zulli, a junior, stepped aside on Senior Day and let senior backup quarterback Jeff Tomasetti start against Cheyney.
    On Monday, Missouri Southern defensive lineman Williams became only the third player in NCAA-II history to earn three straight AFCA All-American selections, joining Tywan Mitchell of Minnesota State-Mankato (1996-1998) and Jonas Randolph of Mars Hill (2009-2011).
    The much-decorated Williams recently accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl and he picked up both conference and national Defensive Player of the Year awards for a senior season of 68 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.
    Northwest Missouri defensive back DeJong intercepted seven passes and returned them for 123 yards and one TD, also recording 39 tackles. DeBuysere recorded 74 tackles (34 solo, 40 assist), 9.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, four interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Dixon made 38 tackles (31 solo, 7 assist) and five interceptions.
    Page 2 of 2 - Missouri Western defensive lineman Bass recorded 61 tackles (36 solo, 25 assist), 16.0 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two interceptions, including a 55-yard interception return for touchdown against Pitt State.
    Schiltz caught 35 passes for 402 yards and four TDs his senior year, including seven catches for 83 yards one TD against Southwest Baptist and eight catches for 65 yards and three TDs against Texas A&M-Kingsville during his final collegiate game.

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