Seven Lions earn All-MIAA football recognition

Richard Jordan, Jr. is 2nd team All-MIAA
Seven Lions earn All-MIAA football recognition


Missouri Southern sophomore linebacker Richard Jordan Jr. led a group of seven Lions to earn All-MIAA honors as the league announced its postseason awards today.

Jordan was a second-team selection this year. The Wewoka, Okla. native led the MIAA and ranked seventh nationally in tackles as he finished the season with 119 stops, which ties him for seventh-best in a single-season at MSSU. He set the single-game tackle record earlier this year with 25 tackles in a game against Washburn.

Earning Honorable Mention honors for the Lions was Jacob Park , Brian Boyd Jr, Benjamin Phillips , Keandre Bledsoe , Charles West and Colton Winder .

Park helped re-write the record books for the Lions this year. Park helped Southern set single-game record for points (86), margin of victory (79), and total offense (743), while also setting an MSSU and MIAA record with 42 first downs in a game against Northeastern State. Park also set a single-game record with five passing touchdowns and eight total touchdowns responsible for in that game. He finished the season with 3,403 passing yards which ranks second-best in a single-season at MSSU, as well as 3,385 yards of total offense, which is third-best.

Winder, as a true freshman, finished second in the MIAA this year in tackles. The Carthage native had 95 tackles with three for a loos, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Boyd, Phillips and Bledsoe helped Park set passing records this year. Boyd was second on the team with 43 receptions for a team-high 706 yards. He averaged 16.4 yards per catch and had two touchdowns. Phillips had a team-high four touchdown receptions as he caught 36 passes for 656 yards, an average of 18.2 per catch.

Bledsoe proved to be one of the best tight ends the Lions have ever had, setting a single-season record for receptions by a tight end with 35. He had two touchdowns and 437 yards through the air for an average of 12.5 per catch. West, like Bledsoe, also set records for himself this year. The all-purpose back led the Lions with 44 receptions out of the backfield which set a new MSSU single-season mark for a running back. He had 349 yards of offense through the air with three touchdowns, while also leading the team in rushing with 676 yards and five scores.

Brook Bolles of Central Missouri was the Offensive Player of the Year, while Spencer Phillips of Northwest Missouri was the Defensive Player of the Year. Dante Brown of Fort Hays State was the Special Teams Player of the Year, while TJ Davis of Nebraska-Kearney was the Freshman of the Year. Central Missouri head coach Jim Svoboda was the MIAA Coach of the Year. A complete list of the All-MIAA team is listed below.

2019 All-MIAA Postseason Awards
Offensive Player of the Year – Brook Bolles – Central Missouri
Defensive Player of the Year – Spencer Phillips – Northwest Missouri
Special Teams Player of the Year – Dante Brown – Fort Hays State
Freshman of the Year – TJ Davis – Nebraska Kearney
Coach of the Year – Jim Svoboda – Central Missouri

Quarterback – Brook Bolles – Central Missouri
Running Back – Hosea Franklin – Lincoln
Wide Receiver – Shae Wyatt – Central Missouri
Wide Receiver – Lorenzo West – Pittsburg State
Tight End – Zach Davidson – Central Missouri
All-Purpose Back – Harley Hazlett – Fort Hays State
Offensive Line – Jake Heckler – Central Missouri
Offensive Line – Tyler Stilwell – Central Oklahoma
Offensive Line – Austin Unterreiner – Emporia State
Offensive Line – Hayden Eatinger – Missouri Western
Offensive Line – Tanner Owen – Northwest Missouri
Offensive Line – Kyle Hinton – Washburn
Defensive Line -Ubong Udom – Central Missouri
Defensive Line – Hinwa Allieu – Nebraska Kearney
Defensive Line -Spencer Phillips – Northwest Missouri
Defensive Line -Simanu’a Thomas – Pittsburg State
Linebacker – Kolesen Crane – Central Missouri
Linebacker – Jace McDown – Emporia State
Linebacker – Sal Silvio – Nebraska Kearney
Defensive Back- O’Shay Harris – Central Oklahoma
Defensive Back- Lawson Holbert – Emporia State
Defensive Back – Sam Webb – Missouri Western
Defensive Back – Blake Bayer – Northwest Missouri
Defensive Back – KiAnte Hardin – Pittsburg State
Kicker – Dante Brown – Fort Hays State
Punter – Zach Davidson – Central Missouri
Kick/Punter Returner – Trey Vaval – Missouri Western

Quarterback – Chance Fuller – Fort Hays State
Quarterback – Braden Wright – Northwest Missouri
Running Back – Justin Rankin – Northwest Missouri
Wide Receiver – James Letcher, Jr. – Washburn
Wide Receiver – Imoni Donadelle – Northwest Missouri
Tight End – Marqus Andrews – Northwest Missouri
All-Purpose Back – TJ Davis – Nebraska Kearney
Offensive Line – Corey Hoelck – Nebraska Kearney
Offensive Line – Ted Hessing – Fort Hays State
Offensive Line – Shawn Rouse – Missouri Western
Offensive Line – Josh Stoltenberg – Nebraska Kearney
Offensive Line – Ben Sinclair – Pittsburg State
Defensive Line – Javaris Sanders – Fort Hays State
Defensive Line – Parker Bass – Emporia State
Defensive Line – Jordan Ingraham – Nebraska Kearney
Defensive Line – Zach Howard – Northwest Missouri
Defensive Line – Sam Roberts – Northwest Missouri
Linebacker – Richard Jordan, Jr. – Missouri Southern
Linebacker – Anthony Williams – Missouri Western
Linebacker – Jackson Barnes – Northwest Missouri
Defensive Back- Codie Bell – Central Missouri
Defensive Back- Gary Woods II – Emporia State
Defensive Back – Tanner Hoekman – Fort Hays State
Defensive Back – Josh Wright – Washburn
Kicker – Parker Sampson – Northwest Missouri
Punter – Lane Spiker – Washburn
Kick/Punt Returner – Lorenzo West – Pittsburg State

Quarterback – Wyatt Steigerwald – Missouri Western
Running Back – Devante Turner – Central Missouri
Running Back – David Goodwin – Nebraska Kearney
Wide Receiver – Layne Bieberle – Fort Hays State
Wide Receiver – Dustin Basks – Central Oklahoma
Wide Receiver – Sedarius Young – Nebraska Kearney
Tight End – Daunte McGee – Central Oklahoma
All-Purpose Back – Shamar Griffith – Missouri Western
Offensive Line – Dan Sunderman – Central Missouri
Offensive Line – Amari Angram-Boldin – Fort Hays State
Offensive Line – Nick George – Central Oklahoma
Offensive Line – Steve Williams – Emporia State
Offensive Line – Jacob Olson – Missouri Western
Offensive Line – Ryan Spelhaug – Northwest Missouri
Offensive Line – Cole Baughman – Pittsburg State
Defensive Line – Michael Rios – Central Oklahoma
Defensive Line – Dre’Quan Brown – Central Oklahoma
Defensive Line – Marek Thompson – Emporia State
Defensive Line – Zeke Wall – Pittsburg State
Defensive Line – Tyler Baska – Missouri Western
Defensive Line – Cole Morris – Pittsburg State
Linebacker – Bryan Burns – Central Oklahoma
Linebacker – Sam Phillips – Northwest Missouri
Linebacker – Chase Johnston – Pittsburg State
Defensive Back- Jordan Starks – Fort Hays State
Defensive Back- Trey Washington – Northwest Missouri
Defensive Back – Morgan Selemaea – Pittsburg State
Defensive Back – KJ Turner – Washburn
Kicker – Jared Vincent – Pittsburg State
Punter – Todd Morrow – Pittsburg State
Kick/Punt Returner – Devante Turner – Central Missouri
Kick/Punt Returner – James Letcher, Jr. – Washburn

Honorable Mentions
Central Missouri – Koby Wilkerson – RB, Cameron Saunders – WR, Dominick Puni – OL, Jacob Wiggins – DL, John Embrey – LB, Deven Smith – LB

Central Oklahoma – Chandler Garrett – QB, TJ Roberts – RB, Seth Carmack – OL, Jakarri Hunt – DB, Kolby Underwood – DB, Alex Quevedo – K

Emporia State – Carlos Grace – RB, Estevan Arana – OL, Tyler Banta – OL, Gee Stanley – LB, Dawson Hammes – LB, Jaedon Pool – DB, Kyle Rinck – DB

Fort Hays State – Charles Tigner – RB, Manny Ramsey – WR, Matt Wendelberger – TE, Sheldon Schmidt – DL, Kolt Trachsel – LB, Hayden Kreutzer – DB

Lincoln – Cyril Spells – OL, Elex Harris – TE, Jajuan Chambers – DL, JaQuan Mason – DL, Michael Smith – DL, Cody Alexander – DB

Missouri Southern – Jacob Park – QB, Brian Boyd – WR, Ben Phillips – WR, Keandre Bledsoe – TE, Charles West – APB, Colton Winder – LB

Missouri Western – Markel Smith – RB, Cam Grandy – TE, Isaiah Colbert – OL, Arnold Crayton – DL, Cameron Ravenell – DL, Evan Chohon – LB, DJ Stirgus – DB

Nebraska Kearney – Dayton Sealey – RB, Darrius Webb – RB, Kolin Kenton – OL, Kooper Reece – OL, Zach Sullivan – LB, LaRoy James – DB

Northeastern State – Kevin Jackson – RB, Caleb Hash – OL, Jason Staggs – OL, Ukoh Essang – DL, Lane Yoder – LB, Ty Nichols – DB

Northwest Missouri – Isaiah Strayhorn – RB, Gabe Bautz – OL, Mike Ehlke – DL, Andy Hessler – LB, Jacob Gassman – DB, Chama Pierre – DB

Pittsburg State – Tyler Adkins – RB, Brenner Clemons – WR, Jackson Krull – TE, Ryan Dodd – OL, Anders Vance – OL, Kaden Roy – LB

Washburn – Mitch Schurig – QB, Zach Willis – RB, Colin Wilson – WR, Marcus Meier – TE, Grant Bruner – LB, Marquise Manning – DB


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