On Wednesday, three Pittsburg State University football players were honored by being named to the 2010 Don Hansen All-Super Region Four football team.

On Wednesday, three Pittsburg State University football players were honored by being named to the 2010 Don Hansen All-Super Region Four football team.

Senior punter Jared Witter, senior center Mark Chestnut and redshirt freshman linebacker Nate Dreiling were all picked to the squad.

Dreiling was named to the first-team while Witter was picked to the second team and Chestnut was placed on the third-team.

Dreiling and Witter, by way of their team selection, will now be advanced to a national ballot from which the 2010 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team will be selected, in January.

Dreiling, a 6-foot-4 product of Hutchinson, led Division II in total tackles with 160 during his freshman campaign. He averaged 13.33 tackles per game and had 20.5 for loss. He has already been honored with selection to the Daktronics Division II All-America team and the Associated Press’ Little All-America squad.

Dreiling was one of only two freshman to make the Little All-America team as he was joined by Bloomsburg running back Franklyn Quiteh on the list. Quiteh led Division II in rushing in 2010 with 2,015 yards. Central Missouri senior quarterback — and 2010 Harlon Hill Trophy winner — Eric Czerrniewski was also on the team along with nine other MIAA players who made either the first-, second-, or third-team.

As for Dreiling, he was the 47th player in Gorilla football history to earn Little All-American honors. He’s the 11th Pitt State player to make the elite list in the last 10 years, but the first Gorilla linebacker to be selected to the A.P. team since Earl Henry in 2001.

Witter helped the Gorillas rank sixth nationally in punting by averaging 41.95 yards per punt in 2010. Individually, the Lenexa native ranked 15th nationally in punting.

Chestnut anchored an offensive line that helped Pitt State rank ninth nationally in rushing. The 6-foot-2 Miami, Okla. native started all 12 games for the Gorillas this past season. Previously, Chestnut was selected to play in the Valero Cactus Bowl, a Division II senior All-Star game, in Commerce, Texas.

The All-Super Region Four honor is named for Don Hansen, who died Aug. 29, 2010 at the age of 75. He began Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette. Hansen, who hails from Brookfield, Ill., published the report for 30 years. The publication started selecting Division II All-American teams in 1988 and started selecting All-Region teams in 2003.

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140