Seven Gorillas Earn Daktronics Super Region Three Honors

Press Release PSU:
Seven members of the Pittsburg State University football team earned Daktronics NCAA Division II Super Region Three honors Wednesday (Dec. 3) following a vote of members of the College Sports Information Director of America (CoSIDA).

Senior quarterback Anthony Abenoja, senior cornerback De’Vante Bausby, junior wide receiver Marquise Cushon and senior offensive lineman Tyler Smith all garnered first-team All-Super Region Three honors, with Abenoja being selected the Super Region Three Offensive Player of the Year. Senior placekicker Connor Frazell, senior wide receiver Gavin Lutman and senior safety Keeston Terry all received second-team All-Super Region Three recognition.

Abenoja, one of nine national finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy as the Division II College Football Player of the Year, passed for a school record 3,871 yards and 32 touchdowns while leading the Gorillas to an 11-2 record and a berth in the Division II national playoffs. The Overland Park, Kan., native set a new NCAA Division II record with 314 consecutive passes without an interception, spanning nearly a calendar year – Oct. 19, 2013 to Oct. 18, 2014 – between interceptions. He was a first-team All-MIAA selection as well as the MIAA Offensive Player of the Year.

Bausby, a Kansas City, Mo., native, made 47 tackles (29 solo) with 2.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks, four interceptions and nine pass break-ups. He was a first-team All-MIAA selection.

Cushon caught 69 passes for 1,301 yards (18.9 ypc) and eight touchdowns. The Kansas City, Mo., native led the MIAA in receiving yards, averaging 100.1 yards per game. He also carried the ball 23 times for 242 yards (10.5 ypc) and a touchdown, compiling 2,127 all-purpose yards (163.6 ypc). Cushon was a first-team All-MIAA selection.

Smith, from Sand Springs, Okla., anchored an offensive line that helped pave the way for the Gorillas to average 35.5 points and 458.7 total yards per game. Smith, an unanimous first-team All-MIAA selection, started 42 career games for Pitt State.

Frazell converted 21 of 30 field goals (.700) on the season and made all 55 of his PAT tries, scoring a team-leading 118 points (9.8 ppg). The Iola, Kan., native set a single season school record for field goals and he converted his final 119 PAT tries.

Lutman, a Peculiar, Mo., native, caught 70 passes for 1,196 yards (17.1 ypc) and 13 touchdowns. He ranked second in the MIAA in receiving yards (92.0 ypg), behind only Cushon. Lutman was a first-team All-MIAA pick.

Terry made 85 tackles (44 solo) with 8.0 tackles-for-loss and 2.0 quarterback sacks. The Blue Springs, Mo., native also recorded one interception and four pass break-ups. He was a first-team All-MIAA honoree.

The first-team All-Super Region Three selections now aadvance to the Daktronics Division II All-America ballot.