West, Hardin and Thomas highlight 17 Gorillas named All-MIAA
All three are 1st-team selections
PITTSBURG, Kan. — RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE ATHLETICS:
Seventeen members of the Pittsburg State University football team earned All-MIAA honors Tuesday (Nov. 19) following a vote of the conference head coaches.
Senior wide receiver Lorenzo West, senior defensive lineman Simanu’a Thomas and senior defensive back KiAnte Hardin were named to the first-team All-MIAA squad, while senior offensive lineman Ben Sinclair garnered second team All-MIAA accolades along with West as a kick returner.
Senior offensive lineman Cole Baughman, senior linebacker Chase Johnston, senior defensive lineman Cole Morris, junior punter Todd Morrow, junior defensive back Morgan Selemaea, senior placekicker Jared Vincent and sophomore defensive lineman Zeke Wall were named to the third-team All-MIAA squad, while junior running back Tyler Adkins, senior wide receiver Brenner Clemons, senior offensive lineman Ryan Dodd, senior tight end Jackson Krull, junior linebacker Kaden Roy and junior offensive lineman Anders Vance all received honorable mention All-MIAA recognition.
West (Lawton, Okla.) caught 52 passes a team-leading 1,187 yards (22.8 ypc) and 13 touchdowns, averaging 107.9 receiving yards per game. He also averaged 24.3 yards per kick off return and averaged a team-leading 154.0 all-purpose yards per game. He ranks second in the MIAA in receiving yards and fourth in the league in kickoff returns.
Thomas (Independence, Mo.) earned first-team All-MIAA honors for a third straight season, making 27 tackles (14 solo) with 7.5 tackles-for-loss and 4.5 quarterback sacks. He ranks eighth in the conference in quarterback sacks.
Hardin (Webb City, Mo.) recorded four interceptions and 11 pass break-ups on the season. He ranks second in the MIAA in passes defended (15) and third in the league in interceptions.
Sinclair (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Baughman (Cedar Park, Texas), Dodd (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) and Vance (Louisburg, Kan.) all anchored an offensive line that helped the Gorillas average 40.5 points and 466.2 total yards per game.
Morris (Shawnee, Kan.) made 19 tackles (12 solo) with a team-leading 8.5 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 quarterback sacks. He ranks seventh in the MIAA in quarterback sacks. Wall (Carl Junction, Mo.) posted 35 tackles (20 solo) with 4.5 tackles-for-loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks.
Johnston (Carl Junction, Mo.) made 56 tackles (25 solo) with 6.5 tackles-for-loss, 3.0 quarterback sacks and four pass break-ups. Selemaea (Harrisonville, Mo.) posted 58 tackles (30 solo) with 70 tackles-for-loss, 1,0 quarterback sack, an interception and one pass break-up.
Morrow (Lamar, Mo.) punted 28 times for a 41.8-yard average, placing 12 kicks inside the opponent 20 yard line. He ranks second in the MIAA in punting average. Vincent (Claremore, Okla.) made 20 of 23 field goals on the season, ranking second in NCAA Division II and fourth among all collegiate kickers in field goals per game (1.82 pg). He scored a team-leading 113 points leading Division II in kick scoring (10.3 pg).
Adkins (Broken Arrow, Okla.) carried the ball 127 times for 640 yards (5.0 ypc) and eight touchdowns. Clemons (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) caught 41 passes for 516 yards (12.6 ypc) and one touchdown. Krull (Smithville, Mo.) caught four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Roy (Webb City, Mo.) made a team-leading 86 tackles (42 solo) with 7.0 tackles-for-loss, 1.0 quarterback sack, one interception and one pass break-up.
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