NJCAA, NCAA Division II and NAIA All-Americans have been announced, and players from the Jayhawk Conference, MIAA and KCAC dot their ranks once again.
The Jayhawk Conference put four players on the first team, led by Butler offensive lineman John McClure, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound sophomore who is headed to Arkansas , and Coffeyville linebacker Martrell Spaight, a 6-foot, 218-pound sophomore who committed to Kansas State a few days ago on Twitter. McClure, if you remember, is a Heights product who hit it big in the juco ranks.
Fort Scott sophomore defensive back Kevin Short and Garden City return specialist Tyreek Hill, a freshman, were also first-teamers. Garden City sophomore quarterback Nick Marshall was a second-team selection, as were Butler sophomore wide receiver Javess Blue, Hutchinson sophomore running back Terrell Lane, Hutchinson sophomore kicker Michael Mesh, Hutchinson sophomore d-tackle Toby Johnson and Butler sophomore safety Tate Omli.
Most notable on this list is an an anomaly – a local player who spurned the MIAA. Valdosta State offensive tackle Ryan Schraeder is a two-time NCAA DII All-American and Butler Community College product. This is actually Schraeder’s third straight All-American award – he was a first-team NJCAA pick in 2010. Pittsburg State junior wide receiver John Brown was the only first-team selection from the four state schools. Schraeder was a first-team pick on both the AFCA and Daktronics first-teams, while Brown was picked as a second-team return specialist by Daktronics – Pittsburg State junior linebacker Nate Dreiling was also a second-team pick by Daktronics.
Friends senior defensive end Dexter Davis went back-to-back on the first-team All-American list – quite an accomplishment for the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder from Rex, Ga., who I wrote about in our preseason football edition. Tabor offensive lineman Jon-Michael Bergeron, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound senior, was also named first team. Ottawa defensive back Donald Anderson, a Wichita native, was a first-team pick, following older brother Clarence’s footsteps. Anderson (2012) and Davis (2011) were the KCAC’s last two defensive players of the year. The KCAC continues to put more and more players on the first team – something I wouldn’t have thought could happen when I started this blog almost five years ago. I think the league’s new approach has had a lot to do with it.