Northwest’s Tanner Owen Named AFCA First Team All-American

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2019 NCAA Division II AFCA All-America Teams (PDF)

Northwest Missouri State junior offensive tackle Tanner Owen has been named to the American Football Coaches Association’s first-team all-America squad.

Owen (Kearney, Missouri/Kearney HS/Univ. of Missouri) has started all 38 games of his collegiate career and is a two-time first-team all-MIAA selection. Owen bolsters a Bearcat offense that ranks No. 1 in the nation in red zone scoring offense. The Bearcats have scored 39 out of 40 times in the red zone for a 97.5% scoring clip. The Bearcats rank No. 6 in the nation in scoring offense (44.8 points per game). The Bearcats have scored 38 rushing touchdowns and 29 passing touchdowns in 2019.

He becomes Northwest’s 23rd AFCA first-team all-America choice in the program’s history.

Owen and the Bearcats will travel to Ferris State on Saturday for the Super Region 3 title game. Kick is set for 12 p.m. (CT) at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Michigan.

2019 AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America – First Team
Offense
Pos  Name                    Ht.    Wt.   Cl.    School                           Coach                                    Hometown (High School)
QB    Rogan Wells           6-3    210   R-Jr. Valdosta St. (Ga.)             Gary Goff                                    Fort Mill, S.C. (Fort Mill)
RB    *Jaleel McLaughlin  5-9    175   So.    Notre Dame (Ohio)           Mike Jacobs                         Marshville, N.C. (Forest Hills)
RB    Nate Gunn             6-2    220   Sr.    Minnesota St.                  Todd Hoffner                                 Minooka, Ill. (Minooka)
WR   *Craig Rucker         5-7    175   Sr.    Mars Hill (N.C.)                Tim Clifton                                Orlando, Fla. (Edgewater)
WR   Zimari Manning       6-2    200   Sr.    Tarleton St. (Texas)          Todd Whitten                      Long Beach, Calif. (LB Wilson)
TE    Zach Davidson       6-7    245   R-Jr. Central Missouri               Jim Svoboda                          Webb City, Mo. (Webb City)
OL    Tanner Owen          6-5    290   Jr.     Northwest Missouri St.      Rich Wright                                 Kearney, Mo. (Kearney)
OL    Grant Stewart         6-2    305   R-Sr. Colorado School of Mines  Gregg Brandon           Southlake, Texas (Southlake Carroll)
OL    Jake Lacina            6-4    300   Sr.    Augustana (S.D.)             Jerry Olszewski           St. Paul, Minn. (Cretin-Derham Hall)
OL    Quentin Hall           6-6    300   Sr.    Assumption (Mass.)         Andy McKenzie  Plymouth, Mass. (Thayer/Milford Academy)
OL    Phillip McDowell     6-5    315   Sr.    Carson-Newman (Tenn.)   Mike Turner                          Inman, S.C. (Boiling Springs)

Defense
Pos  Name                    Ht.    Wt.   Cl.    School                           Coach                                    Hometown (High School)
DL    Jackson Wibbels     6-1    243   Sr.    Colorado St.-Pueblo          John Wristen              Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek)
DL    Ch’aim Smith          6-4    255   Gr.    West Chester (Pa.)           Bill Zwaan                                York, Pa. (York Suburban)
DL    Demetrice Lofton    6-4    245   So.    Morehouse (Ga.)              Rich Freeman                            Fairburn, Ga. (Creekside)
DL    Austin Edwards       6-5    280   Sr.    Ferris St. (Mich.)              Tony Annese                              Lansing, Mich. (Waverly)
LB    Drew Seers            6-1    227   Jr.     Lindenwood (Mo.)             Jed Stugart                         St. Louis, Mo. (Parkway West)
LB    Vada King              6-1    225   Sr.    Delta St. (Miss.)               Todd Cooley                            Smith, Ala. (Smith Station)
LB    CJ Miller                6-1    215   Sr.    St. Anselm (N.H.)             Joe Adam                                Clinton, Md. (Gwynn Park)
DB    Demetri Morsell      5-11  170   So.    Bowie St. (Md.)                Damon Wilson                        Upper Marlboro, Md. (Wise)
DB    Brandon Anderson   6-1    200   R-Sr. Edinboro (Pa.)                 Wayne Bradford                   Willingboro, N.J. (Holy Cross)
DB    Nick Ciccio            6-0    190   R-So. Colorado Mesa                Russ Martin                        Castle Pines, Colo. (Lutheran)
DB    Michael Junker       5-10  180   Sr.    Bemidji St. (Minn.)            Brent Bolte                              Hastings, Minn. (Hastings)

Specialists
Pos  Name                    Ht.    Wt.   Cl.    School                           Coach                                    Hometown (High School)
PK    Jordan Walters       6-2    200   Sr.    East Stroudsburg (Pa.)      Jimmy Terwilliger                   Sciota, Pa. (Pleasant Valley)
P      JoseLuis Moreno     6-0    180   Sr.    Minot St. (N.D.)               Mike Aldrich               San Lorenzo, Calif. (Bishop O’Dowd)
AP    Tobias Harris          5-9    180   So.    West Texas A&M             Hunter Hughes                Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson)
*-2018 AFCA All-American

2019 AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America – Second Team
Offense
Pos Name                     Ht.    Wt.   Cl.     School                          Coach                                    Hometown (High School)
QB   Brook Bolles            6-3    205   R-Sr.  Central Missouri              Jim Svoboda                              Lincoln, Neb. (North Star)
RB   Justin Felder           5-8    175   So.    Stonehill (Mass.)             Eli Gardner              Springfield Gardens, N.Y. (Holy Cross)
RB   JaQuan Hardy         5-10  225   R-Jr.  Tiffin (Ohio)                     Cris Reisert                             Westlake, Ohio (Westlake)
WR  Tariq Bitson             6-2    200   R-Jr.  Adams St. (Colo.)            Josh Blankenship         Tulsa, Okla. (Booker T. Washington)
WR  *Shane Zylstra         6-5    215   Sr.     Minnesota St.                 Todd Hoffner                 Spicer, Minn. (New London-Spicer)
WR  Mike Strachan         6-5    225   R-Jr.  Charleston (W.Va.)          Pat Kirkland              Freeport, Bahamas (Liberty Christian)
OL   Tyler Allison            6-3    315   Sr.     Ferris St. (Mich.)             Tony Annese      Clinton Township, Mich. (Chippewa Valley)
OL   Adonis Sealey          6-2    283   Sr.     Valdosta St. (Ga.)            Gary Goff                                         Hamer, S.C. (Dillon)
OL   Andrew Strickland    6-4    290   Sr.     Wingate (N.C.)                Joe Reich                                   Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook)
OL   Kyle Hinton             6-3    310   Sr.     Washburn (Kan.)             Craig Schurig                                   Peoria, Ariz. (Liberty)
OL   Joseph Gonzales     6-6    315   Sr.     Western Oregon              Arne Ferguson                         Springfield, Ore. (Thurston)

Defense
Pos Name                     Ht.    Wt.   Cl.     School                          Coach                                    Hometown (High School)
DL   *Chris Garrett          6-4    230   Jr.     Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) Shannon Currier        Milwaukee, Wis. (Wisconsin Lutheran)
DL   Antonio Washington  6-1    274   R-Jr.  Southern Arkansas          Bill Keopple                              Marshall, Texas (Marshall)
DL   Jaquan Artis            6-2    245   Sr.     Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)         Drew Cronic                                 Kinston, N.C. (Kinston)
DL   Chauncy Haney       6-5    245   Sr.     North Greenville (S.C.)     Jeff Farrington                            Columbia, S.C. (Keenan)
LB   Leon Eggleston        5-11  224   R-Sr.  Wayne St. (Mich.)            Paul Winters                            Sylvania, Ohio (Southview)
LB   Clay Shreve            6-1    233   Sr.     Ashland (Ohio)                Lee Owens                                   Mogadore, Ohio (Lake)
LB   Chris Hoad              6-0    228   Sr.     Texas-Permian Basin       Justin Carrigan                             Leander, Texas (Rouse)
DB   Junior Faulk            6-1    200   Jr.     Delta St. (Miss.)              Todd Cooley                                  Jayess, Miss. (Salem)
DB   Desmond Fairell       6-0    185   Sr.     Carson-Newman (Tenn.)   Mike Turner                              Miami, Fla. (Miami Senior)
DB   Kyle Dugger            6-2    220   Sr.     Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)         Drew Cronic                             Decatur, Ga. (Whitewater)
DB   Mercardo Anderson  5-10  195   R-Sr.  Henderson St. (Ark.)        Scott Maxfield                           Ashdown, Ark. (Ashdown)

Specialists
Pos Name                     Ht.    Wt.   Cl.     School                          Coach                                    Hometown (High School)
PK   Dante Brown           5-10  185   Sr.     Fort Hays St. (Kan.)         Chris Brown                Mississauga, Ontario (Canada Prep)
P     Zach Gaines            6-1    218   Sr.     West Alabama                Brett Gilliland                                    Calera, Ala. (Calera)
AP   Trey Vaval              6-0    165   Fr.     Missouri Western St.        Matt Williamson        Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs South)
*-2018 AFCA All-American

Team Background: The five teams now chosen for each AFCA division evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams – University Division and College Division – were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams — FBS and FCS. In 1996, the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III, respectively. In 2006, the AFCA started selecting an NAIA-only team.
From 1965-81, a 22-player (11 offensive, 11 defensive) team was chosen. In 1982, a punter and placekicker were added to the team. In 1997, a return specialist was added, giving us the current 25-player team. The return specialist position was replaced by an all-purpose player in 2006. In 2016, the AFCA added a second team All-America.

Selection Process: The AFCA’s Division II All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA’s seven districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee. The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts prior to a conference call between the district chairmen and the committee chairman on which the teams are chosen.

The Award: Members of the AFCA Coaches’ All-America First Team will receive a plaque commemorating their selection to the team, while members of the Second Team will receive a certificate.

Consecutive Years: Texas A&M-Kingsville had at least one player named to the AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America Team for 18 straight seasons, from 1986 to 2003, the longest streak by any team in Division II. Northwest Missouri State is second, having had 16 straight selections from 1996 to 2011. Pittsburg State has the third longest streak at nine straight selections from 1988 to 1996. Ferris State has the longest active streak with six straight selections from 2014 to today.

Top Teams: Texas A&M-Kingsville has been represented a total of 34 times by 30 players on the AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America Team, to lead all schools. Trailing Texas A&M-Kingsville is Texas A&M-Commerce (23/21), Ferris State (23/19), Northwest Missouri State (23/18), Pittsburg State (20/16), Indiana (Pa.) (19/17), Carson-Newman (18/17), Ashland (17/16), Grand Valley State (16/15), Valdosta State (16/14), Mississippi College (15/14), New Haven (14/14), American International (14/13), Colorado Mesa (14/12), Central Missouri (13/12), Angelo State (13/11), Catawba (13/10), Minnesota State (13/9), Indianapolis (12/12), Saginaw Valley State (12/12), West Chester (12/12), Slippery Rock (12/10), Mars Hill (12/9), West Georgia (11/11), West Texas A&M (11/11), Central Washington (11/10), Sioux Falls (11/10), California (Pa.) (11/9), Delta State (11/9), Eastern New Mexico (11/9), Glenville State (11/9), Chadron State (10/10), Winston-Salem State (10/10), St. Cloud State (10/9), Central State (10/8) and Southern Arkansas (10/8).

Back-to-Back: Notre Dame (Ohio) running back Jaleel McLaughlin, Mars Hill wide receiver Craig Rucker, Minnesota State wide receiver Shane Zylstra and Concordia (Minn.) defensive lineman Chris Garrett are the four players who earned AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America honors for the second consecutive season in 2019.

Three-peat: Catawba linebacker Kyle Kitchens became the fourth player in Division II history to be named to three straight AFCA All-America Teams. Kitchens was a first-team selection in 2015 and 2017, and a second-team selection in 2016. He joins Brandon Williams, a defensive lineman from Missouri Southern State (2010-12), running back Jonas Randolph from Mars Hill (2009-11) and Tywan Mitchell, a wide receiver from Minnesota State (1996-98).

Yearly Leader: Texas A&M-Commerce (2017-OL Jared Machorro, QB Luis Perez and DB Yusef Sterling-Lowe) became the first school to have more than two players named to the AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America Team in one year.

Repeat After Me:  Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Johnny Bailey is the only Division II player to earn AFCA All-America honors in four consecutive years. Bailey was a four-year pick at running back in 1986-87-88-89.

Two Players, Two Schools: Punter Mark Bounds and placekicker Greg Zuerlein are the only players to earn AFCA All-America honors at two different schools. Bounds was named to the AFCA College Division I team in 1990 while playing for West Texas A&M. He transferred to Texas Tech after West Texas dropped football and earned I-A All-America honors as a Red Raider in 1991. Zuerlein was named to the Division II Coaches’ All-America Team in 2009 while playing for Nebraska-Omaha. He transferred to Missouri Western State after Nebraska-Omaha dropped its football program and earned Division II honors in 2011 as a Griffon.

Class Distinction: This year’s Division II Coaches’ All-America Team is made up of 32 seniors, 10 juniors, six sophomores, one freshman and one graduate student.

It’s Been A While: Running back JaQuan Hardy from Tiffin has earned AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team honors for his school for the first time since 1993 when Brian Diliberto was named as a running back as well.

First Time’s A Charm: Saint Anselm linebacker CJ Miller, North Greenville defensive lineman Chauncy Haney and Texas-Permian Basin linebacker Chris Hoad earned honors for their schools for the first time in AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America Team history.

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