West highlights four Gorillas to earn All-Region honors

Lorenzo West led the Gorillas with 1,187 yards this season.

RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE ATHLETICS:

Four members of the Pittsburg State University football team received recognition on the 2019 Don Hansen Football Committee All-Super Region Three team released today (Jan. 8).

Senior wide receiver Lorenzo West earned first-team All-Region honors, while senior cornerback KiAnte Hardin and senior placekicker Jared Vincent garnered second-team All-Region accolades. Senior defensive lineman Simanu’a Thomas was selected to the third-team All-Region squad.

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 finished the season ranked second in the MIAA and ninth in NCAA Division II in receiving yards.

Hardin (Webb City, Mo.) recorded four interceptions and 11 pass break-ups on the season. He ranked second in the MIAA in passes defended (15) and third in the league in interceptions.

Vincent (Claremore, Okla.) made 20 of 23 field goals on the season, ranking second in NCAA Division II in field goals per game (1.82 pg). He scored a team-leading 113 points leading Division II in kick scoring (10.3 pg).

Thomas (Independence, Mo.) earned All-Region honors for a third straight season, making 27 tackles (14 solo) with 7.5 tackles-for-loss and 4.5 quarterback sacks.

The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988.  Don Hansen’s Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.

The first-team and second-team All-Region selections advance to a national ballot from which the 2019 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team will be selected.

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