Coaches of the new Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association members — Central Oklahoma, Lindenwood (Mo.), Nebraska-Kearney and Northeastern State (Okla.) — seemed quick to compare the MIAA with the Southeastern Conference on the eve of the 2012 season.

Coaches of the new Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association members — Central Oklahoma, Lindenwood (Mo.), Nebraska-Kearney and Northeastern State (Okla.) — seemed quick to compare the MIAA with the Southeastern Conference on the eve of the 2012 season.

The Great American Conference (the new conference on the Division II block) found out about the MIAA during the playoffs as MIAA stalwarts Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri eliminated Henderson State (Ark.) and Harding (Ark.) in consecutive weeks.

Missouri Western travels to Mankato, Minn., Saturday to play Minnesota State in the quarterfinals and Lindenwood plays Winona (Minn.) State in the Mineral Water Bowl on Saturday. MIAA teams are 4-1 this postseason.

Daktronics certainly recognized the superiority of MIAA football Thursday with the release of its Super Region Football Team. The MIAA earned 25 selections, 14 first team nods (six more than the Northern Sun), Michael Hill of Missouri Western earned Offensive Player of the Year and Brandon Williams of Missouri Southern won Defensive Player of the Year.

Pittsburg State was represented by return specialist-receiver John Brown (first team returner, second team receiver) and linebacker Nate Dreiling (first team). Both players finished their junior seasons.

Brown led Pitt State in every receiving category for the second consecutive season with 63 catches for 973 yards and eight touchdowns. No. 5 led the nation in all-purpose yardage most of the season and finished with 2,000 yards (973 receiving, 202 rushing, 430 punt return and 395 kick return). His teammate, senior running back Briceton Wilson, finished next in all-purpose yards with 665 and in fact, Wilson, senior running back Jason Spradling and senior receiver Andrew Castaneda accumulated 1,790 all-purpose yards.

Dreiling led the Pitt State defense in tackles for the third consecutive season with 83 stops (25 solo, 58 assist). No. 11 ranks No. 3 on the Gorillas’ all-time tackles list — 382. The next-highest PSU tackler had 38 fewer tackles this season, 68 fewer in 2011, and 61 fewer in 2010 when Dreiling led the nation in tackles (160) during his redshirt freshman season.

2012 DAKTRONICS ALL-SUPER REGION 3 FOOTBALL
FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
WR — Shjuan Richardson, Emporia State
TE — Adam Schiltz, Emporia State
QB — Kevin Rodgers, Henderson State
OL — Garth Heikkinen, Minnesota-Duluth
OL — Andrew Essman, Minnesota State
OL — Macon Allan, Missouri Western
RB — Michael Hill, Missouri Western
OL — Colt Schulte, Missouri Western
PK — Todd Adolf, Northwest Missouri
OL — Rod Williams, Northwest Missouri
RS — John Brown, Pittsburg State
WR — Lemar Durant, Simon Fraser
DEFENSE
LB — Cory Crosby, Bemidji State
DL — Zach Moore, Concordia-St. Paul
LB — Maxie Graham, Henderson State
S — Cameron Harper, Minnesota-Duluth
DL — Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern
DL — David Bass, Missouri Western
CB — Brandon Dixon, Northwest Missouri
LB — Collin DeBuysere, Northwest Missouri
S — Nate DeJong, Northwest Missouri
LB — Nate Dreiling, Pittsburg State
CB — Jack Moro, St. Cloud State
P — Randy Weich, Wayne State

SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
OL — Logan Freeman, Central Missouri
RB — Joshua Birmingham, Central Oklahoma
TE — Nate Thienes, Concordia-St. Paul
OL — Kelton Hays, Henderson State
OL — Cherokee Streetman, Henderson State
RB — Nick Ricciardulli, Humboldt State
PK — Sam Brockshus, Minnesota State
QB — Travis Partridge, Missouri Western
RB — Jordan Simmons, Northwest Missouri
WR — John Brown, Pittsburg State
OL — Steve Dieckhaus, Washburn
DEFENSE
S — Fred Gaines, East Central
LB — Ben Carlson, Emporia State
CB — O’Hara Fluellen, Lincoln
LB — Colby Ring, Minnesota-Duluth
DL — Chris Schaudt, Minnesota State
LB — Marcus Hall-Oliver, Minnesota State
DL — Ben Pister, Missouri Western
P — Kyle Goodburn, Northwest Missouri
S — Robert Virgil, Sioux Falls
LB — Richie Schumacher, Truman State
DL — Richard Daniel, Wayne State
CB — Chris Norgaard, Winona State