Franklyn Quiteh, Dustin Vaughan chosen as AP Little All-Americans
NEW YORK -- West Texas A&M quarterback Dustin Vaughan and Bloomsburg running back Franklyn Quiteh have been selected to The Associated Press Little All-America team, which honors the top players in Division II, III and NAIA.
Vaughan and Quiteh are finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the Division II player of the year.
For Quiteh, it's the second consecutive year he has been selected to the Little All-America first team and third time in his career. The senior leads Division II in rushing at 182.9 yards per game and has scored 29 touchdowns this season. He finished second on the Division II career rushing list with 7,523 yards.
Vaughan passed for 5,401 yards to lead all NCAA divisions and 53 touchdowns.
Defensive back Jack Moro of St. Cloud State also made the Little All-America first team for the second consecutive season.
Henderson State quarterback Kevin Rodgers, the third finalists for the Harlon Hill, which will be awarded Friday, was selected to the second team.
Joining Quiteh in the backfield is Thomas More's Domonique Hayden, the leading rusher in the NCAA this season at 201.7 yards per game.
Jeff Janis and Saginaw Valley State and Tyler Rutenbeck of Division III Dubuque are the receivers, and Joe Don Duncan of Dixie State is the first-team tight end.
Quiteh's Bloomsburg teammate, Brian Clarke, leads the offensive line.
The rest of the first team is Matt Armstrong of Grand Valley State; Armand Jenifer of Johns Hopkins; Cole Manhart of Nebraska-Kearney; and Cody Carlson of Northwest Missouri State.
Defensive end Matt Longacre, a sophomore, gives Northwest Missouri State two first-team All-Americans.
The Bearcats play Lenoir-Rhyne in the Division II championship game Saturday in Florence, Ala.
Running back Rondell White of West Chester made the first team as an all-purpose player and Steven Wakefield of Mercyhurst is the kicker.
Colorado State-Pueblo defensive end Darius Allen, who leads Division II with 15 1/2 sacks and was recently named the Gene Upshaw award winner as the best lineman in DII, joins Longacre on the defensive line.
The rest of the line is Jake Metz of Shippensburg and Matt Fechko of Mount Union, which plays Wisconsin-Whitewater for the Division III championship on Friday night in Salem, Va.
The rest of the defensive backs are Pierre Desir of Lindenwood; Andre Carter of Division III Salisbury; and Justin Bell of Ohio Dominican.
Pittsburg State linebacker Nate Dreiling, who made the third team last year, is a first-team Little All-American this year. Seth Mathis, of Division III Bethel and Tavarius Wilson of North Alabama are the other linebackers.
Scottie Gallardo of Fort Lewis is the first team punter.
|QB||Dustin Vaughan||West Texas A&M||Sr.|
|RB||Domonique Hayden||Thomas More||Jr.|
|OL||Matt Armstrong||Grand Valley State||Sr.|
|OL||Armand Jenifer||Johns Hopkins||Sr.|
|OL||Cody Carlson||Northwest Missouri State||Sr.|
|WR||Jeff Janis||Saginaw Valley State||Sr.|
|TE||Joe Don Duncan||Dixie State||Sr.|
|All-purpose||Rondell White||West Chester||Sr.|
|DL||Matt Fechko||Mount Union||Sr.|
|DL||Darius Allen||Colorado State-Pueblo||Jr.|
|DL||Matt Longacre||Northwest Missouri State||So.|
|LB||Nate Dreiling||Pittsburg State||Sr.|
|LB||Seth Mathis||Bethel (Minn.)||Sr.|
|LB||Tavarius Wilson||North Alabama||Sr.|
|DB||Jack Moro||St. Cloud State||Sr.|
|DB||Justin Bell||Ohio Dominican||Sr.|
|P||Scottie Gallardo||Fort Lewis||Sr.|
|QB||Kevin Rodgers||Henderson State||Jr.|
|RB||Tyler Tonderum||Southwest Minnesota||Jr.|
|OL||Kelton Hays||Henderson State||Sr.|
|OL||William Wright||West Georgia||Sr.|
|WR||Freddie Martino||North Greenville||Sr.|
|TE||Ryan Mizgate||Aurora (Ill.)||Sr.|
|All-purpose||John Brown||Pittsburg State||Sr.|
|K||Kresimir Ivkovic||John Carroll||Jr.|
|DL||Ethan Westbrooks||West Texas A&M||Sr.|
|DL||Silvio Diaz||Mary Hardin-Baylor||Sr.|
|DL||Shonquez Nelson||St. Augustine's||Sr.|
|LB||Leron Furr||Fort Valley||Sr.|
|DB||Thomas Wolfe||Fort Valley State||Sr.|
|QB||Kevin Burke||Mount Union||Jr.|
|RB||Octavias McKoy||Western Connecticut||Sr.|
|RB||Glen Clinton||Chadron State||Sr.|
|OL||Craig Watts||West Texas A&M||Sr.|
|WR||Darius Davis||Henderson State||Jr.|
|TE||Ryan Corbin||Southwest Oklahoma State||Jr.|
|All-purpose||Marquez Clark||Central Oklahoma||Jr.|
|K||Brent Wahle||Ohio Dominican||So.|
|DL||Charlie Tuaau||Texas A&M-Commerce||Jr.|
|DL||Chris Schaudt||Minnesota State-Mankato||Sr.|
|LB||Obi Nwaigwe||St. Lawrence||Sr.|
|LB||Taylor McCuller||West Texas-A&M||Sr.|
|DB||Malcolm Butler||West Alabama||Sr.|
|DB||Reggie Williams||Grand Valley State||Sr.|
|DB||Deandre Bonner||Arkansas Tech||Sr.|