Jordan, Jr. highlights 10 Lions earning All-MIAA honors

Richard Jordan, Jr. earns 2nd team All-MIAA Tuesday.
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JOPLIN, Mo – Missouri Southern football puts 10 players on the All-MIAA list on Tuesday.

2nd team

LB Richard Jordan, Jr.

3rd team

WR Brian Boyd, Jr.

K Nick Williams

DL Solomona Fetuao

DB Dylan Bolden

Honorable Mention

TE/FB Keandre Bledsoe

OL Lebrentae Davis

DL Nick Kruse

DB Malachi Broadnax

P Nick Williams

LB Colton Winder


The Missouri Southern football team is well-represented as the MIAA announced its postseason honors today.

In total, the Lions had ten players selected to 11 positions (Nick Williams was picked at both punter and kicker) to earn All-MIAA honors.

Junior linebacker Richard Jordan Jr. led the way as he was a second-team selection at linebacker. This season, Jordan finished second nationally and led the MIAA in forced fumbles with five. The five forced fumbles ties Jordan with Brandon Williams and MSSU Hall of Famer Ron Burton for the single-season school record.

Jordan finished with 112 which is the 11th-most in a single-season at MSSU, while moving his career tally to 289 and into 8th place on the career tackle list. His 14.5 tackles for a loss were tied for second in the MIAA this season and ranked 26th nationally, while the 112 tackles were second in the MIAA and 11th nationally.

Brian Boyd Jr. was a third-team selection at wide receiver. Boyd finished his career with 1,517 yards, which ranks 11th overall at MSSU. His 811 yards this year rank 8th in a single-season, while ranking as the fifth-most by a senior wide out.

Williams earned third-team honors as a kicker and honorable mention honors as a punter. This year, Williams finished with 62 points from kicking which is the second-most ever by a kicker in MSSU history. He was second in the MIAA in field goals and third in field goal percentage, while ranking fifth in punting and seventh in scoring (second in kick scoring). Williams made 12 field goals this season, twice kicking three in a single-game, and ranks second in MSSU single-season history.

Solomona Fetuao was a third-team pick at defensive line. This year Fetuao had 43 tackles and 8.5 for a loss of 26 yards, including 1.5 sacks, a pass breakup and seven quarterback hurries.

Dylan Bolden set records this season for the Lions tying a single-season record with a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns. This year, Bolden was second in the MIAA in interceptions and fifth in passes defended. He was one of just ten players in Division II to have multiple interceptions returned for a touchdown.

Keandre Bledsoe (tight end), Labrente Davis (offensive line), Nick Kruse (defensive line), Malachi Broadnax (defensive back) and Colton Winder (linebacker) all earned honorable mention honors alongside Williams.

Bledsoe finished his career with 66 receptions, which ranks third among tight ends at Missouri Southern, while his 717 yards are fourth-most among tight ends. Kruse had 18 tackles, 5.5 for a loss of 26 yards and two sacks on the season. Broadnax was fourth on the team with 56 tackles including an interception, a fumble recovery and two pass break ups. Winder was second on the team with 87 tackles and a pair of interceptions. Davis helped anchor the Lions’ offensive line all season, helping the team to 2,275 yards in the air and nearly 2,000 yards on the ground.

The complete All-MIAA list is below.

2021 All-MIAA Postseason Awards
Offensive Player of the Year – TJ Davis, Quarterback – Nebraska Kearney
Defensive Player of the Year – Sam Roberts, Defensive End – Northwest Missouri
Special Teams Player of the Year – James Letcher, Jr., Kick/Punt Returner – Washburn
Freshman of the Year – Brandon Hall, Running Back – Missouri Western
Coach of the Year – Josh Lynn – Nebraska Kearney

Quarterback – TJ Davis – Nebraska Kearney
Quarterback – Mitchell Schurig – Washburn
Running Back – Al McKeller – Northwest Missouri
Wide Receiver – Cameron Saunders – Central Missouri
Wide Receiver – James Letcher, Jr. – Washburn
Tight End – Hunter Budke – Fort Hays State
All-Purpose Back – Adrian Soto – Fort Hays State
All-Purpose Back – Dayton Sealey – Nebraska Kearney
Offensive Line – Amari Angram-Boldin – Fort Hays State
Offensive Line – Corey Hoelck – Nebraska Kearney
Offensive Line – Tanner Owen – Northwest Missouri
Offensive Line – Trase Jeffries – Pittsburg State
Offensive Line – Colton Dunkle – Washburn
Kicker – Cross Holmes – Pittsburg State
Kick/Punter Returner – James Letcher, Jr. – Washburn

Defensive Line – Chima Dunga – Central Missouri
Defensive Line – Michael Slater – Central Oklahoma
Defensive Line – Sam Roberts – Northwest Missouri
Defensive Line – Zach Howard – Northwest Missouri
Defensive Line – Malick Fall – Washburn
Linebacker – Jace McDown – Emporia State
Linebacker – Jackson Barnes – Northwest Missouri
Linebacker – P.J. Sarwinski – Pittsburg State
Defensive Back – Darius Swanson – Nebraska Kearney
Defensive Back – Cahleel Smith – Northwest Missouri
Defensive Back – Dallis Flowers – Pittsburg State
Defensive Back – Marquise Manning – Washburn
Punter – Ross Brungardt – Emporia State

[Reflects ties in voting]

Quarterback – Logan Twehous – Central Missouri
Quarterback – Chance Fuller – Fort Hays State
Running Back – Canaan Brooks – Emporia State
Wide Receiver – Alec Tatum – Northwest Missouri
Wide Receiver  – Jalen Martin – Pittsburg State
Tight End – Jace Williams – Washburn
All-Purpose Back – Dalton Cowan – Emporia State
Offensive Line – Dan Sunderman – Central Missouri
Offensive Line – Seth Carmack – Central Oklahoma
Offensive Line – Conner Lierz – Emporia State
Offensive Line – Kooper Reece – Nebraska Kearney
Offensive Line – Gabe Bautz – Northwest Missouri
Kicker – Sam Dobbins – Emporia State
Kick/Punter Returner – Dallis Flowers – Pittsburg State

Defensive Line – Marek Thompson – Emporia State
Defensive Line – Jordan Williams – Emporia State
Defensive Line – Tell Spies – Nebraska Kearney
Defensive Line – Kaden Roy – Pittsburg State
Defensive Line – Zeke Wall – Pittsburg State
Defensive Line – Landen Urban – Washburn
Linebacker – Richard Jordan Jr. – Missouri Southern
Linebacker – Evan Chohon – Missouri Western
Linebacker – Atoatasi Fox – Nebraska Kearney
Defensive Back – Codie Bell – Central Missouri
Defensive Back – Dylan Buccheit – Central Oklahoma
Defensive Back – Jordan Starks – Fort Hays State
Defensive Back – Jhimon Preston – Fort Hays State
Defensive Back – Sam Webb – Missouri Western
Defensive Back – Kobe Cummings – Missouri Western
Punter – Hunter Kraus – Nebraska Kearney

[Reflects ties in voting]

Quarterback – Braden Gleason – Emporia State
Quarterback – Mike Hohensee – Northwest Missouri
Running Back – Montrez Jackson – Nebraska Kearney
Wide Receiver – Manny Ramsey – Fort Hays State
Wide Receiver  – Brian Boyd Jr. – Missouri Southern
Tight End – Daunte McGee – Central Oklahoma
All-Purpose Back – Tori Hicks – Lincoln
Offensive Line – Hayden Reed – Emporia State
Offensive Line – Kristopher Stroughter – Fort Hays State
Offensive Line – Evan Clark – Missouri Western
Offensive Line – Mitch Goff – Northwest Missouri
Offensive Line – Riley Teutsch – Pittsburg State
Offensive Line – Bergan Hofer – Washburn
Kicker – Nick Williams – Missouri Southern
Kick/Punter Returner – Billy Ross – Emporia State

Defensive Line – Noah West – Central Oklahoma
Defensive Line – Solomona Fetuao – Missouri Southern
Defensive Line – Brandon Johnson – Missouri Western
Defensive Line – C.J. Ravenell – Missouri Western
Defensive Line – Blake Schroeder – Nebraska Kearney
Defensive Line – Braden Rose – Washburn
Linebacker – Zach Schlager – Nebraska Kearney
Linebacker – Sam Phillips – Northwest Missouri
Linebacker – Brooks Peavler – Washburn
Defensive Back – Jaedon Pool – Emporia State
Defensive Back – Dylan Bolden – Missouri Southern
Defensive Back – Isaiah Nimmers – Northwest Missouri
Defensive Back – Jordan Hendy – Pittsburg State
Punter – Tim Davis – Northeastern State
[Reflects ties in voting]

Honorable Mentions

Central Missouri – Arkell Smith – WR; Kyle Linville – OL; Deven Smith – LB; Koby Wilkerson – RB; Zack Aschemann – DL; Chris Diddle – K

Central Oklahoma – Keats Calhoon – QB; Joshua Moore – WR; Markiese King – WR; Derrick Shaw – DL; Elijah Wright – LB

Emporia State – Xavier Cason – OL; Rafe Goucher – DL; Dawson Hammes – LB; Cade Harelson – LB; Corey Thomas – WR; Miles Wade – OL

Fort Hays State – Pat Kelly – OL; Myles Menges – LB; Ethan Sossen – P; Javaris Sanders – DL; Layke Heimermen – LB

Lincoln – Hosea Franklin – RB; Cyril Spells – OL; TeAndre Skinner – LB; Jaylon Mosley – LB; Zyan Thomas-King – DB; Elliott Albert – DB; Winston Ausmer – K/P Ret.

Missouri Southern – Keandre Bledsoe – TE/FB; Labrentae Davis – OL; Nick Kruse – DL; Malachi Broadnax – DB; Nick Williams – P; Colton Winder – LB

Missouri Western – Brandon Hall – RB; Cooper Burton – WR

Nebraska Kearney – Michael Koch – WR; Hunter Hays – OL; Matt Krzysztalowicz – OL; Jacey