Jordan Carlson from Northwestern was named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year while Joel Nixon from Morningside has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year. Steve Ryan from Morningside was named the Hauff Mid-America/GPAC Coach-of-the-Year.
Morningside was the regular season conference champion for 2012 (9-0). Morningside and Northwestern qualified for the NAIA Football Championship Series opening on Saturday, November 17th, with first round action. Morningside will host Montana Tech, while Northwestern travels to Marian of Indiana.
GPAC Football First Team Offense 2012
QB Joel Nixon Morningside Sr. Wakefield, Neb.
RB Brandon Smith Northwestern Sr. Mankato, Minn.
RB Josh Endres Dakota Wesleyan Sr. Ethan, S.D.
RB Theo Bartman Northwestern Jr. Rock Valley, Iowa
WR Bryce Harshman Briar Cliff Sr. Tucson, Ariz.
WR Tyrone Curry Doane Sr. Lincoln, Neb.
WR Kyle Schuck Morningside Jr. Cherokee, Iowa
SLOT Joel McCabe Morningside Jr. Jefferson, S.D.
TE Austin Klett Morningside Jr. Everly, Iowa
OL Nathan Nieuwendorp Northwestern Sr. Orange City, Iowa
OL Dillon Carmichael Doane Jr. Loomis, Neb.
OL Cole Albright Morningside Sr. Bronson, Iowa
OL Nathan Little Dakota Wesleyan Sr. Aberdeen, S.D.
OL Tanner Paxton Hastings So. Lincoln, Neb.
OL Wil Van’t Hof Northwestern Sr. Alvord, Iowa
GPAC Football First Team Defense 2012
DL Jordan Carlson Northwestern Sr. Storm Lake, Iowa
DL Russell Walton Nebraska Wesleyan Sr. Franklin, Neb.
DL Marcus Smith Morningside Sr. Crete, Neb.
DL Phil Latimer Nebraska Wesleyan So. Broomfield, Colo.
DL Ethan Lensch Northwestern Sr. Glidden, Iowa
DB Jared Goforth Morningside Sr. Polk City, Iowa
DB Colby Henderson Morningside Sr. Wakefield, Neb.
DB Darnell Woods Concordia Jr. Phoenix, Ariz.
DB Cody Eiler Nebraska Wesleyan Sr. O’Neill, Neb.
DB Nick Carlson Midland Sr. Tucson, Ariz.
LB Chris Calvillo Morningside Sr. Sioux City, Iowa
LB Aaron Jansen Northwestern Sr. Orange City
LB Brett Kaczor Nebraska Wesleyan Sr. Ewing, Neb.
LB Jeremy Wallace Doane Jr. Omaha, Neb.
LB Aaron Roberg Morningside Jr. Grand Island, Neb.
GPAC Football First Team Special Teams 2012
K Kenny Zoeller Concordia Sr. Houston, Tex.
P Kelby Vandenberg Nebraska Wesleyan Jr. David City, Neb.
KRS Colby Henderson Morningside Sr. Wakefield, Neb.
PRS Derek Blessing Concordia Jr. Ogallala, Neb.
Sheldon grad Brett Doorenbos, a 6-2, 255 lb. junior defensive lineman from Boyden was named to the second team defense.
Playing for Morningside Doorenbos totaled 27 tackles, including 8.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage for losses of 33 yards during the regular season. He has a team-high three quarterback hurries and is second on the team with four quarterback sacks.