NCAA FOOTBALL: Mustangs land 14 on All-NSIC list
BURNSVILLE – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honored 14 Southwest Minnesota State football players on Tuesday as the conference released its postseason awards.
The 16 head coaches in the conference selected the all-conference teams.
Senior wide receiver Anthony Dean, senior offensive linemen Kyle Johnson and Brandon Puffer and junior running back Tyler Tonderum were all named first team All-NSIC South Division, while senior safety Tate Bunkers, junior quarterback Charlie Kern, junior defensive end A.J. Page and junior punter Mike Wenk were named second team All-NSIC South. Senior linebacker J.J. Bobrowicz, senior tight end Cody Condon, sophomore cornerback Andrew McReynolds, senior linebacker Dashawn Miller, senior offensive lineman Jake Thiel and sophomore cornerback Donovan Woods were named to the honorable mention All-NSIC South Division squad.
Dean, a 6-foot-2, 203-pound senior from Tampa, Fla, caught an NSIC single-season record 17 touchdowns passes and finished the regular season with 46 receptions for a team-high 931 yards. He finished second in the NSIC in receiving yards per game, fourth in scoring and 10th in receptions per game.
Tonderum, a 5-10, 191-pound junior from Armstrong, Iowa, set a conference record with 1,979 rushing yards on 315 attempts with 18 touchdowns. He also has caught 32 passes for 274 yards and one touchdown. Tonderum, who rushed for more than 100 yards in nine games, including four 200-yard games, also led the NSIC in scoring and all-purpose yards. He finished the regular season ranked second in Division II in rushing yards.
Johnson, a 6-5, 300-pound senior from Atwater, has started 27 consecutive games at right tackle and helped an offense that averaged an NSIC best 535.6 yards and a league-high 288.5 passing yards per game. SMSU ranked third in the NSIC in rushing and was third in scoring. SMSU also ranked first in the conference with 307 first downs. Johnson was named All-NSIC South honorable mention last season.
Puffer, a 6-1, 299-pound senior from Buffalo, has started the past 33 games at center and helped an offense that averaged an NSIC best 535.6 yards and a league-high 288.5 passing yards per game. SMSU ranked third in the NSIC in rushing and was third in scoring. SMSU also ranked first in the conference with 307 first downs. Puffer was an All-NSIC South honorable mention honoree in 2011 and a second team All-NSIC South honoree last season.
Bunkers, a 6-0, 200-pound senior from Dell Rapids, S.D., ranks second on the team with 90 tackles, while leading the team with 52 solo tackles. He has recorded 4.5 tackles for loss, forced two fumbles and blocked one kick. He was named honorable mention All-NSIC South in 2012.
Kern, a 6-3, 200-pound junior from Belle Plaine, passed for an NSIC-high 2,992 yards and tied an NSIC single-season record with 32 touchdown passes. Kern completed 258 of 396 pass attempts on the season with only seven interceptions. He also rushed for 431 yards and seven touchdowns. He ranked second in the conference in total offense and fifth in pass efficiency.
Page, a 6-6, 231-pound junior from Minneapolis, leads SMSU in tackles (102), tackles for loss (15) and sacks (6.0). The 15 tackles for loss ranks tied for eighth on the school single-season list. Page finished the conference ranking third in tackles, third in tackles for loss and seventh in sacks.
Wenk, a 6-0, 194-pound junior from Hartford, S.D., led the conference with a 42.8-yard average on 34 punts and ended the regular season with 12 punts inside the 20-yard line. He had six punts of 50 or more yards, including a season-high 62-yarder at Wayne State. Wenk was named second team All-NSIC South in both 2010 and 2011, but missed last season due to an injury.
Bobrowicz, a 6-3, 233-pound senior from Crystal Lake, Ill., ranks fifth on the squad with 68 tackles and is third with seven tackles for loss. He is a three-year starter and has amassed 213 career tackles.
Condon, a 6-4, 237-pound senior from East Troy, Wis., ranks fourth on the team with 42 receptions for 449 yards and six touchdowns. He has caught 116 career passes for 1,171 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was named All-NSIC South honorable mention in 2011.
McReynolds, a 5-11, 170-pound sophomore from Aurora, Colo., has racked up 64 tackles with two interceptions and one forced fumble this season. He also leads SMSU with 781 kickoff returns yards and has a team-high 14 punt returns.
Miller, a 5-10, 237-pound senior from Anaheim, Calif., has 64 tackles and ranks second on the team in both sacks (4.5) and tackles for loss (8.0). He also has two interception returns for touchdowns.
Thiel, a 6-2, 289-pound senior from Oak Creek, Wis., has started career 31 games at left guard and helped an offense this fall that averaged an NSIC best 535.6 yards and a league-high 288.5 passing yards per game. SMSU ranked third in the NSIC in rushing and was third in scoring. SMSU also ranked first in the conference with 307 first downs. He was named All-NSIC South honorable mention last season.
Woods, a 5-11, 185-pound sophomore from Belleville, Wis., has a team-high four interceptions with a team-leading six pass break-ups. He has 59 tackles on the season, including 40 solo stops.