NCAA FOOTBALL: Tonderum selected as Little All-American

NEW YORK – Southwest Minnesota State University junior running back Tyler Tonderum has been selected to The Associated Press Little All-America team, which honors the top players in Division II, Division III and NAIA.

Tonderum, a 5-foot-10, 191-pound, native of Armstrong, Iowa, was named to the All-America second team.

Tonderum is the fifth SMSU player to earn the prestigious AP All-America honor and the first since 1992. Other Mustangs to earn the award include James Ashley (first team, 1987), Wayne Hawkins (first team, 1991), Alvin Ashley (second team, 1991) and Jeff Loots (third team, 1992).

Tonderum, who was named Daktronics Division II All-America first team on Thursday, finished the season rushing for a school record 2,145 yards with a school record 19 touchdowns. He became just the 25th player in Division II history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a single-season.

Tonderum rushed for more than 100 yards in 10 games and rushed for more than 200 yards four times, including a school record 343 yards in a victory on Sept. 14. He also finished the season catching 34 passes for 289 yards and one touchdown.

The AP Little All-America award is one of several postseason accolades for Tonderum this season. He has also been named first team All-NSIC South, Don Hansen All-Region, first team All-America by Beyond Sports Network and Daktronics first team All-America. Tonderum was also one of nine national finalists for the Harlon Hill Award, which is given annually to the top player in Division II football.