15 Huskies named to All-NSIC football team

Fifteen St. Cloud State football players were named to the All-NSIC football teams on Tuesday.

Seven Huskies were named to the North Division’s first team. On the offensive side, quarterback Phillip Klaphake, running back Michael Walker, wide receiver Eli Shoemaker and center Andrew Beckmann were named to the first team.

On the defensive side, defensive end Jeff Bias, linebacker Mark Martin and defensive back Jack Moro were named to the first team. Moro led all of Division II and the NSIC in interceptions with 11.

St. Cloud State wide receiver/punt returner Chad Peterson received two honors as a second team offense selection and an honorable mention return specialist nod.

Linebacker Todd Bestgen, defensive lineman Luke Sebald and freshman cornerback Jordan Sefon were named to the North Division second team defense.

Linebacker Thomas Johnson, wide receiver Renard Robinson, defensive lineman Chris Rupe and left tackle Andrew Anderson all received honorable mention nods.

Winona State running back Rayon Simmons was named the conference’s offensive player of the year. Simmons ran for an NSIC-record 1,586 yards while scoring 18 TDs this season.

Wayne State’s Richard Daniel was named the defensive player of the year. He led the NSIC in forced fumbles with six, tied for third in fumble recoveries with three, was fourth in sacks with eight and tied for fifth in tackles for a loss with 14.5.

Wayne State running back Charlie Davidson was named the offensive newcomer of the year. Minnesota State-Moorhead safety Shea DeJong was named the defensive newcomer of the year.

Minnesota State-Mankato’s Aaron Keen was named the conference’s coach of the year. Keen is an interim filling in for Todd Hoffner, who has been placed on administrative leave. Keen led the Mavericks to an undefeated regular season at 11-0.

Andy Rennecke

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A sports writer for the St. Cloud (Minnesota) Times newspaper who covers St. Cloud State athletics with a focus on football, women's basketball and men's basketball. I also cover the St. Cloud Rox of the Northwoods League. Follow Andy Rennecke at https://twitter.com/AndyRennecke
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