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Dom Izzo's 2022 All-Missouri Valley Football Conference team and awards

The league had some new faces rise up with some top performances this fall.

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S.D. State tight end Tucker Kraft (85) celebrates his second quarter touchdown reception with his fellow Jackrabbits in the Alerus Center end zone during a Missouri Valley Football Conference game against the UND Fighting Hawks in Grand Forks on Saturday, October 22, 2022.
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Awards season has come to FCS football, with ballots going out for the Missouri Valley Football Conference and nationally, for the Walter Payton and Buck Buchanan Awards.

The MVFC will release its all-conference team next week, which will have some new faces on the list, while some players that have been good will be recognized for great years.

I am fortunate enough to have a vote for the tenth straight year. The ballot I submit to the league CANNOT have North Dakota State players on it.

For the purpose of this story, I am including Bison players that I thought would warrant consideration.

QUARTERBACK - Nic Baker - Southern Illinois (2,750 yds, 20 TDs, 7 INTs)

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RUNNING BACK - Jaleel McLaughlin - Youngstown State and Isaiah Davis - South Dakota State

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North Dakota State's Michael Tutsie snags South Dakota State’s Isaiah Davis during their football game Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Fargo.
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FULLBACK - Hunter Luepke - North Dakota State

TIGHT END - Tucker Kraft - South Dakota State

OFFENSIVE LINE - Cody Mauch - North Dakota State, Mason McCormick, Garrett Greenfield - South Dakota State, Donny Ventrelli - North Dakota and Alex Jensen - South Dakota

WIDE RECEIVER - Bo Belquist - North Dakota, Bryce Oliver - Youngstown State and Avante Cox - Southern Illinois

DEFENSIVE LINE - Reece Winkelman and Caleb Sanders - South Dakota State, Spencer Waege - North Dakota State, Dylan Wudke - Youngstown State

LINEBACKER - Zeke Vandenburgh - Illinois State, Adam Bock - South Dakota State and James Kaczor - North Dakota State

DEFENSIVE BACK - Benny Sapp - Northern Iowa, Dyshawn Gales - South Dakota State, CJ Siegel - North Dakota, Michael Tutsie - North Dakota State

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KICKER - Matthew Cook - Northern Iowa

PUNTER - Hunter Dustman - South Dakota State

RETURN SPECIALIST - Jayden Price - North Dakota State

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR - Jaleel McLaughlin - Youngstown State

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR - Zeke Vandenburgh - Illinois State

COACH OF YEAR - John Stiegelemeier - South Dakota State

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Naseim Brantley - Western Illinois

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Youngstown State’s Jaleel McLaughlin steps into the end zone during the fourth quarter of their football game against North Dakota State on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at the Fargodome.
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Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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