ST. LOUIS — North Dakota State led all schools with 11 players named to the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference team released Monday, Dec. 2, by a vote of the league's media, head coaches and sports information directors.
NDSU had eight first-team selections including Offensive Player of the Year Trey Lance at quarterback, Defensive Player of the Year Derrek Tuszka on the defensive line, tight end Ben Ellefson, offensive linemen Zack Johnson, Dillon Radunz and Cordell Volson, linebacker Jabril Cox and defensive back James Hendricks.
Bison wide receiver Christian Watson and cornerbacks Marquise Bridges and Josh Hayes were voted to the second team.
Eight other NDSU players were listed as honorable mention: running backs Ty Brooks and Adam Cofield, fullbacks Hunter Luepke and Garrett Malstrom, return specialist Trevor Heit, offensive lineman Karson Schoening, defensive lineman Spencer Waege, and defensive back Michael Tutsie.
NDSU is just the fifth team in the 35-year history of the Missouri Valley Football Conference to sweep the league's Offensive Player, Defensive Player and Coach of the Year awards, joining Northern Iowa (1985, 1993, 2007) and Western Illinois (2000).
All-Missouri Valley First Team
Quarterback: Trey Lance, North Dakota State
Running backs: James Robinson, Illinois State; Pierre Strong Jr., South Dakota State
Fullback: Clint Ratkovich, Western Illinois
Wide receivers: Dante Hendrix, Indiana State; Cade Johnson, South Dakota State; Isaiah Weston, Northern Iowa
Tight end: Ben Ellefson, North Dakota State
Offensive linemen: Drew Himmelman, Illinois State; Zack Johnson, North Dakota State; Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State; Jackson Scott-Brown, Northern Iowa; Cordell Volson, North Dakota State
Kicker: Matthew Cook, Northern Iowa
Long snapper: Chandler Colllins, Missouri State
Defensive linemen: Romeo McKnight, Illinois State; Justus Reed, Youngstown State; Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa; Derrek Tuszka, North Dakota State
Linebackers: Jabril Cox, North Dakota State; McNeece Egbim, Missouri State; Jonas Griffith, Indiana State; Christian Rozeboom, South Dakota State
Defensive backs: Omar Brown, Northern Iowa; Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois; James Hendricks, North Dakota State; Luther Kirk, Illinois State; Devin Taylor, Illinois State
Punter: Brady Schutt, South Dakota
Return specialist: Dakota Caton, Indiana State
All-Missouri Valley Second Team
Quarterback: Austin Simmons, South Dakota
Running backs: DJ Davis, Southern Illinois; Javon Williams Jr., Southern Illinois
Fullbacks: Dominique Dafney, Indiana State; Luke Sellers, South Dakota State
Wide receivers: Avante Cox, Southern Illinois; Caleb Vander Esch, South Dakota; Christian Watson, North Dakota State
Tight end: Brett Samson, South Dakota
Offensive linemen: Spencer Brown, Northern Iowa; Matt Clark, South Dakota State; Ernest Dye Jr., Southern Illinois; Zeveyon Furcron, Southern Illinois; Wyatt Wozniak, Indiana State
Kicker: Jerry Nunez, Indiana State
Long snapper: Jared Drake, Western Illinois
Defensive linemen: Jared Brinkman, Northern Iowa; Ryan Earith, South Dakota State; Darin Greenfield, South Dakota; Ma'lik Richmond, Youngstown State
Linebackers: Jack Cochrane, South Dakota; Cody Crider, Southern Illinois; Ty DeForest, Illinois State; Chris Kolarevic, Northern Iowa
Defensive backs: Marquise Bridges, North Dakota State; Qua Brown, Southern Illinois; Don Gardner, South Dakota State; Josh Hayes, North Dakota State; Xavior Williams, Northern Iowa
Punter: Brendan Withrow, Missouri State
Return specialist: Jake Coates, Youngstown State
All-Missouri Valley Honorable Mention
Illinois State: K Sam Fenlason, LS Paul Monaco, DL John Ridgeway, OL Adam Solomon.
Indiana State: LB Clayton Glasco, DL Inoke Moala, DB Michael Thomas.
Missouri State: WR Tyler Currie, QB Peyton Huslig, DL Matt McClellan.
North Dakota State: RB Ty Brooks, RB Adam Cofield, RS Trevor Heit, FB Hunter Luepke, FB Garrett Malstrom, OL Karson Schoening, DB Michael Tutsie, DL Spencer Waege.
Northern Iowa: QB Will McElvain, DB Christian Jegen, DB Roosevelt Lawrence.
South Dakota: K Mason Lorber, DB Elijah Reed, OL Mason Scheidegger.
South Dakota State: WR Adam Anderson, LB Logan Backhaus, TE Kallan Hart.
Southern Illinois: DB Madre Harper, DL Malik Haynes, WR Landon Lenoir.
Western Illinois: P Adam Fellner, LB Zach Glisan, RS Justin Hall, DL LaCale London.
Youngstown State: OL Dan Becker, WR Jermiah Braswell, TE Miles Joiner.
All-Missouri Valley individual awards
Offensive Player of the Year: QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
Defensive Player of the Year: DL Derrek Tuszka, North Dakota State
Newcomer of the Year: QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
Freshman of the Year: QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
Bruce Craddock Coach of the Year: Matt Entz, North Dakota State