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