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Six Lions on D2Football.com All-America Team

UNA LEADS D2FOOTBALL.COM ALL-AMERICA TEAM; JOHNSON NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

 MARYVILLE. Mo. -- The University of North Alabama led all NCAA Division II schools with four first-team selections on the 2009 D2football.com All-America team. UNA's four first-team picks led all schools and the Lions had six total selections. In addition, UNA senior linebacker Michael Johnson of Panama City, Fla., was selected as the D2football.com National Defensive Player of the Year.

It is the second national defensive player of the year award for Johnson, as he was previously named the Daktronics Division II Defensive Player of the Year as well. 

 Three of UNA's first-team picks were on defense where the Lions were represented by Johnson, defensive lineman Montrell Craft and defensive back Quinton Andrews.

UNA senior punter Will Batson was also a first-team All-America pick.

 North Alabama offensive lineman Calvin Wilson and wide receiver Mico McSwain were honorable mention All-America picks by D2football.com.

 Johnson, Craft, Batson and Wilson were previously named to the Daktronics and Associated Press All-America teams. This is the first All-American selections of the year for Andrews and McSwain.

 Wayne State (MI) running back Joique Bell, the 2009 Harlon Hill winner, was named the Offensive Player of the Year.  Mel Tjeerdsma, coach of National Champion Northwest Missouri, was named the Coach of the Year.

 A total of 53 schools had players selected to the team.

 

D2Football.com has named an All-America Team since its inception in 2000.

 

2009 D2Football.com All-America Team

First Team

    

QB Blake Bolles    6-4, 210, Jr.  Northwest Missouri 

RB Joique Bell    6-1, 223, Sr.   Wayne State (MI) 

RB Isaac Odim    6-0, 215, Jr.   Minnesota-Duluth 

WR A.J. Jackson    6-6, 230, Sr.   California 

WR Jake Soy    6-3, 210, So.   Northwest Missouri 

TE Ryan Travis    6-3, 245, Jr.   West Liberty 

OL Tobias Lemke   6-4, 275, Sr.   Minnesota-Duluth 

OL Nick McDonald   6-5, 310, Sr.   Grand Valley 

OL Jared Veldheer     6-9, 321, Sr.   Hillsdale 

OL Tony Washington   6-7, 305, Sr.   Abilene Christian 

OL J'Marcus Webb    6-8, 325, Sr.   West Texas A&M 

    

DL Xavier Brown    6-5, 245, Jr.   C.W. Post 

DL Montrell Craft   6-2, 250, Sr.   North Alabama 

DL Danny Richard   6-4, 255, Jr.   Grand Valley 

DL Cedric Thornton   6-5, 266, Jr.   Southern Arkansas 

LB John Jacobs    6-2, 230, Sr.   Saginaw Valley 

LB Mike Johnson      6-4, 250, Sr.   North Alabama 

LB Buddy Wood    6-3, 214, Sr.   Central Washington 

DB Quinton Andrews    5-11, 206, Sr.  North Alabama 

DB Jake McGuckin   6-3, 218, Sr.   Grand Valley 

DB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah  6-1, 205, Sr.   IUP 

DB Quintez Smith   6-1, 187, Sr.   Shaw 

AP Kelvin Rodgers   6-1, 180, Sr.   Minnesota State 

K Garrett Lindholm   5-10, 190, Sr.  Tarleton State 

P Will Batson    6-4, 210, Sr.   North Alabama 

 

Second Team

QB Zach Amedro    6-0, 200, Jr.   West Liberty 

RB LaRon Council     5-10, 210, Sr.  Northwest Missouri 

RB Buck Wakefield   5-8, 187, Sr.   Carson-Newman 

WR Thomas Mayo   6-2, 184, So.   Concord 

WR Kashif Walls    6-3, 205, Sr.   West Liberty 

TE Mike Higgins    6-5, 241, Jr.   Nebraska-Omaha 

OL Brett Grozinger    6-4, 280, Jr.   Northwest Missouri 

OL Jack Hiett    6-2, 255, Sr.   Nebraska-Kearney 

OL David Mims     6-8, 335, Jr.   Virginia Union 

OL Andy Schoonover   6-3, 302, Sr.   Minnesota State 

OL Michael Tribue   6-3, 265, Sr.   Carson-Newman 

    

DL Drew Berube    6-4, 261, Sr.   Hillsdale 

DL Junior Galette   6-2, 255, Sr.   Stillman 

DL William Green   5-10, 290, Sr.  Texas A&M-Commerce 

DL Eugene Sims    6-6, 235, Sr.   West Texas A&M 

LB Robbie Aurich   5-11, 240, Jr.  Minnesota-Duluth 

LB Prince Hall    6-0, 264, Sr.   Central Washington 

LB Lardester Hicks-Green  6-1, 235, Sr.   Delta State 

DB Myles Burnsides   5-11, 195, Sr.  Northwest Missouri 

DB Pierre Desir    6-2, 187, Fr.   Washburn 

DB Terrence Johnson   6-0, 190, Sr.   California 

DB Ron Parker    6-1, 210, Jr.   Newberry 

    

AP  Deante Steele   5-9, 185, Jr.   Shepherd 

K Greg Zuerlein   6-0, 183, Jr.   Nebraska-Omaha 

P Joe Kok    6-2, 220, Sr.   Northeastern State 

    

Honorable Mention

 

QB  Billy Cundiff    6-2, 218, Sr.   Ashland 

QB  Zack Eskridge   6-4, 215, Jr.   Midwestern State 

QB  Nick Graziano   6-2, 227, Sr.   Arkansas Tech 

QB  Trevor Harris    6-3, 225, Sr.   Edinboro 

QB  Brad Iciek   6-1, 205, Sr.   Grand Valley 

RB  Rustin Dring    6-0, 200, So.   Nebraska-Kearney 

RB  Keithon Flemming       6-0, 210, Sr.   West Texas A&M 

RB  Quinn Porter    6-1, 200, Sr.   Stillman 

RB  Jonas Randolph   5-10, 185, So.  Mars Hill 

RB  Levi Terrell    6-0, 195, Fr.   Nebraska-Omaha 

WR  Mike Harris    6-1, 192, Sr.   Shippensburg 

WR  Cedric Houston   6-0, 195, Sr.   Missouri Western 

WR  Kyle Kaiser    6-0, 170, Jr.   Nebraska-Kearney 

WR  Mico McSwain   6-2, 205, Jr.   North Alabama 

WR  Blake Smolen   6-0, 198, Sr.   Grand Valley 

WR  Johnny Spevak   6-3, 200, Sr.   Central Washington 

WR  Frantz Simeon   5-10, 180, Sr.  Arkansas Tech 

WR  Andy Tanner    5-11, 185, Sr.  Midwestern State 

TE  DeMarco Cosby   6-3, 240, Jr.   Central Missouri 

TE  Galen Stone    6-2, 235, Sr.   Saginaw Valley 

OL  Cameron Bradfield   6-5, 295, Jr.   Grand Valley 

OL  Tony Quirk    6-6, 300, Sr.   Central Washington 

OL  Ben Staggs    6-4, 275, Sr.   West Liberty 

OL  Calvin Wilson    6-6, 353, Sr.   North Alabama 

OL  Torrence Wright   6-3, 280, Sr.   Arkansas Tech 

DL  Marc Schiechl   6-3, 255, Jr.   Colorado Mines 

DL  Malcolm Jenkins   6-5, 235, Jr.   Elizabeth City 

DL  Andre Bernardi   6-3, 265, Sr.   North Greenville 

DL  Tyler Roach    6-2, 315, Jr.   Northwest Missouri 

DL  Jimmy Sadler-McQueen  6-3, 296, Sr.   Texas A&M-Kingsville 

DL  Willie Walker    6-3, 250, Sr.   California 

DL  Aston Whiteside   6-2, 255, So.   Abilene Christian 

LB  Matt Freed    5-10, 210, Jr.  East Stroudsburg 

LB  Chad Kilgore    6-0, 225, So.   Northwest Missouri 

LB  Kaleb Lawrence   6-2, 240, Sr.   Glenville State 

LB  Sam Scott    6-5, 215, Sr.   West Chester 

LB  Justin Victor    6-1, 225, Jr.   Grand Valley 

LB  Zach Watkins    6-0, 235, Sr.   Washburn 

LB  Nathan Yelk    5-10, 235, Sr.  Northern Michigan 

LB  Matt Zahoruiko     6-0, 240, Sr.   Bentley 

DB  JD Douglas    6-3, 205, Sr.   West Alabama 

DB  Giorgio Durham   6-0, 190, So.   Central Oklahoma 

DB  Tony Harp    5-9, 185, Sr.   Abilene Christian 

DB  Justin Hannah   5-10, 185, Sr.  Tuskegee 

DB  Josh Jones    5-10, 185, Sr.  Harding 

DB  Mario Russell    6-2, 205, Jr.   Carson-Newman 

AP  Frederick Bruno   5-8, 210, Jr.   Wayne State (NE) 

AP  Trevar Deed     5-11, 205, Jr.  Delta State 

K  Garrett Rolsma   6-1, 200, Sr.   Central Washington 

P  Justin Hinson    6-2, 215, Jr.   UNC-Pembroke 

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