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Willingham, Bretting tabbed for conference honors

Hastings College running back Tahj Willingham practices at Lloyd Wilson Field on Sept. 7, 2017 (KHGI)

SIOUX CITY, IOWA --- The GPAC releasing it's all conference honors and two Hastings College Broncos are a first–team choice.

Running back Tahj Willingham, a junior, leads the NAIA in all–purpose yards with 1,892 and is third in total rushing with 1,430 yards. He ranks top 10 nationally in eight statistical categories and finished second in the GPAC with 130.0 rushing yards per game.

Junior defensive lineman Austin Bretting is also a first–team selection behind his conference leading 13.0 tackles for loss and ranked eighth in the GPAC with 4.0 sacks.

Three other Broncos were listed in the second team and nine more are honorable mention for the 2017 season. The full list is below.

GPAC Football First Team Offense 2017

Position Name School Class Hometown

QB Dillon Turner Dakota Wesleyan SR Salem, Ark.

RB Cole “Bubba” Jenkins Morningside SR Springfield, Mo.

RB Tahj Willingham Hastings JR Denver, Colo.

RB Jacob Kalogonis Northwestern SO Lake Havasu, Ariz.

WR Connor Niles Morningside JR Sioux City, Iowa

WR Hayden Adams Dakota Wesleyan SR Villa Park, Ill.

WR Tanner Ver Steeg Morningside SR Little Rock, Iowa

SLOT Levi Jungling Dordt FR Pella, Iowa

TE J.C. Koerselman Northwestern SR Boyden, Iowa

OL Trae Bradburn Morningside SR Fort Calhoun, Neb.

OL Trevor Wietzema Dakota Wesleyan JR Worthington, Minn.

OL Jacob Cook Dordt SR Council Bluffs, Iowa

OL Garrett Temme Morningside SO Petersburg, Neb.

OL Matt Romero Concordia JR Centennial, Colo.

OL Levi Rozeboom Dakota Wesleyan JR Inwood, Iowa

GPAC Football First Team Special Teams 2017

Position Name School Class Hometown

K Bryce Cooney Doane SO Omaha, Neb.

P Spencer Wyant Morningside JR Sergeant Bluff, Iowa

KRS Exavier Edwards Midland SR Irvine, Calif.

PRS Connor Niles Morningside JR Sioux City, Iowa

GPAC Football First Team Defense 2017

Position Name School Class Hometown

DL Jason Lupkes Morningside SR Dakota Dunes, S.D.

DL Cody Bauman Northwestern SR Inwood, Iowa

DL Chad Reis Morningside JR Grand Island, Neb.

DL Austin Bretting Hastings JR Lincoln, Neb.

DL Alex Paulson Morningside SO Buffalo Center, Iowa

LB Caden McDonald Morningside SR Logan, Iowa

LB Tanner Machacek Northwestern SO Sioux Falls, S.D.

LB Joel Katzer Morningside SO Wellsville, Kan.

LB Dillon Rork Dakota Wesleyan JR Grand Island, Neb.

LB Lane Napier Concordia FR David City, Neb.

DB Xavier Spann Morningside JR Lakeland, Fla.

DB D’Mauria Martin Concordia SR Converse, Texas

DB Cole Wiseman Doane SR Sutton, Neb.

DB Tarence Roby Concordia SR Rockford, Ill.

DB Bryce Van Beek Northwestern JR Rock Valley, Iowa

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Year:

Dillon Turner, Dakota Wesleyan (Quarterback)

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Year:

Caden McDonald – Morningside (Linebacker)

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Football Coach-of-the-Year:

Steve Ryan, Morningside

GPAC Football Second Team Offense 2017

Position Name School Class Hometown

QB Trent Solsma Morningside JR Dakota Dunes, S.D.

RB Noah Ylagan Briar Cliff JR San Diego, Calif.

RB Ryan Durdon Concordia JR Decatur, Texas

RB Keithen Drury Dordt JR Blue Hill, Neb.

WR Levi TeBrink Northwestern SR LeMars Iowa

WR Jared Garcia Concordia SR Pearland, Texas

WR Jacob Cornelius Doane SR Grand Island, Neb.

SLOT Drew Klein Doane SR Papillion, Neb.

TE Seth Fitzke Concordia SR Seward, Neb.

OL Brad Mould Northwestern JR Bloomington, Minn.

OL Tanner Webster Doane SR Lincoln, Neb.

OL Andrew Metzger Morningside SR Rock Rapids, Iowa

OL Blaine Morrow Hastings SR Grand Island, Neb.

OL Daniel Jahn Midland SO Omaha, Neb.

OL Griffin Pelot Dordt SR Escondido, Calif.

GPAC Football Second Team Special Teams 2017

Position Name School Class Hometown

K Jared Amundson Morningside JR Sioux City, Iowa

KRS Tarence Roby Concordia SR Rockford, Ill.

PRS Cole Wiseman Doane SR Sutton, Neb.

GPAC Football Second Team Defense 2017

Position Name School Class Hometown

DL Tyson Dahlgrin Dordt SO Harrisburg, Neb.

DL Nate Bennett Northwestern JR Brandon, S.D.

DL Erik Small Concordia SR Los Alamidos, Calif.

DL Tyler Parthemer Hastings JR Beatrice, Neb.

DL Anthony Malone Doane SO Centennial, Colo.

LB Wyatt Tremayne Midland JR Hubbard, Neb.

LB Sean Powell Northwestern SO Sioux Falls, S.D.

LB Josiah Kotte Dordt JR Kuna, Idaho

LB Eathen Gaulke Dakota Wesleyan SO Kimball, S.D.

LB Bret Andrew Doane SR Casper, Wyo.

LB Bryan McLaughlin Midland SR Elkhorn, Neb.

DB Anthony Murray Hastings JR Aurora, Colo.

DB Tariq Mustafaa Doane SR Cedar Hill, Texas

DB Taylor Syvertsen Midland SR Murrieta, Calif.

DB Exavier Edwards Midland SR Irvine, Calif.

DB Chayton Crow Doane JR Hershey, Neb.

Honorable Mention

Briar Cliff – Kenny Trezvant (OL), Michael McGuire (OL), Nelson Brockwell (OL), Hank Glaros (DL), Markel Roby (DB), Nate Ericson (DB), Jacob Diaz (P)

Concordia – Austin Reese (OL), Grady Koch (OL), Hallick Lehmann (OL), Kordell Glause (LB), Shane Scott (LB), Sebastian Garces (DB), Nate Gilmore (DB)

Dakota Wesleyan –Manny Christopher (DL), Charlie LaRoche (DB)

Doane – Brysen Mach (LB), Seth Majerus (DB), Kyle Jensen (RB), Hunter Bradley (WR), Connor Hughes (DL)

Dordt –Devin Eekhoff (OL), Jeff Paepke (K), Rickey Nelson (OL)

Hastings – Noah Housh (WR), Rashaad Shamburger (SLOT), Farao Maileoi (OL), Nathan Howe (LB), Anthony Cloyd (QB), Jordan Johnson (WR), Anthony Martinez (SLOT), Frank Vierra (OL), Norman McKissack (LB)

Midland – Malik Dumetz (WR), Hayden Dunn (WR), Alex Boyer (OL), Ashton Ellis (DB), Mikal Coleman (DL), Garry Cannon (RB), Mike Seawell (WR)

Morningside – Chad Burg (SLOT), Sam Akins (TE), Brad Wolf (DL), Garrit Shanle (OL), Logan Rozeboom (LB)

Northwestern – Tyson Kooima (QB), Taylor Kooi (OL), Joey Novotny (LB), Blake Eichmann (DB), Tyler Alger (OL), Jacob Jenness (LB), Jerod Hansen (DB)

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