Mary Hardin-Baylor, Mount Union top AP Div III All-America
Mary Hardin-Baylor and Mount Union placed three players each on The Associated Press Division III All-America first-team before they face off in the national championship game.
Mary Hardin-Baylor running back Markeith Miller, who has rushed for 1,764 yards and 29 touchdowns, was selected to the team announced Thursday along with linebacker Jalen Martin and defensive back Jefferson Fritz from the Crusaders.
Mount Union had three players on the first-team defense, one at each level: defensive lineman Andrew Roesch, linebacker Danny Robinson and defensive back Louis Berry IV.
Mount Union, the defending national champions, plays Mary Hardin-Baylor, the 2016 champions, on Friday at Shenandoah, Texas, in a battle of unbeatens. Each team also placed two players on the All-America second team.
Saint John’s (Minnesota) quarterback Jackson Erdmann and Trine running back Lamar Carswell were also selected as All-Americans. Both are finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy as the Division III player of the year.
Quarterback — Jackson Erdmann, junior, Saint John’s (Minn.)
Running backs — Markeith Miller, senior, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Lamar Carswell, senior, Trine
Linemen — Nate Trewyn, senior, Wisconsin-Whitewater; Colton Hall, senior, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Sharmore Clarke, sophomore, North Central; Dan Greenheck, junior, Saint John’s (Minn.); Caleb Ferdilus, senior, Brockport
Tight end — Ryan Curtiss, junior, Muhlenberg
Wide receivers — Andrew Wolf, sophomore, Washington & Jefferson; Will Gillach, senior, Saint John’s (Minn.)
All-purpose player — Jeffrey Barnett, senior, Trine
Kicker — Derik Judka, freshman, North Central
Linemen — Harry Henschler, senior, Wisconsin-Whitewater; Frankie Feaster, junior, Muhlenberg; Nick Giorgio, senior, Springfield; Andrew Roesch, junior, Mount Union
Linebackers — Danny Robinson, senior, Mount Union; Jalen Martin, senior, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Eric Stevenson, senior, Wheaton
Backs — Louis Berry IV, senior, Mount Union; Jefferson Fritz, sophomore, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Max Jackson, senior, Saint John’s (Minn.); Duke Mackle, senior, Linfield
Punter — Austin Baker, senior, Heidelberg
Quarterback — Broc Rutter, junior, North Central
Running backs — Le’Anthony Reasnover, senior, Eureka; Josh Petruccelli, sophomore, Mount Union
Linemen — Sam Sook, senior, Ohio Northern; Chris Neu, senior, RPI; Caleb Riggleman, senior, Marietta; Joe Figueroa, junior, Johns Hopkins; Drew Yeager, junior, Centre
Tight end — Danny Disbrow, senior, John Carroll
Wide receivers — Justin Hill, junior, Mount Union; Brad Bonomini, senior, Franklin
All-purpose player — Reese Childress, senior, Hardin-Simmons
Kicker — Nick DiCairano, junior, Endicott
Linemen — Austin Dean, senior, Brockport; Joey Longoria, junior, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Michael Nobile, freshman, Delaware Valley; Nathan Brinker, senior, Saint John’s (Minn.)
Linebackers — Chris Miller, senior, Hardin-Simmons; Jonathan Seay, junior, Wittenberg; Sam Romanski, junior, Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Backs — Trevor Staley, senior, Illinois Wesleyan; Reginald Cole, senior, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Rashad Baker, senior, Brockport; Matt Arita, senior, Brockport
Punter — Michael Raczak, junior, Widener