Three Bearcats Featured On D2Football.com All-Decade Team

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D2Football.com has announced the 50 players the coach that have been selected to the 2010-2019 All-Decade Team.

Northwest Missouri State is represented by first-team choice Matt Longacre, second-team selection Brandon Dixon and former head coach Adam Dorrel.

Longacre was the 2014 MIAA defensive player of the year and a two-time first-team All-America pick for the Bearcats. Longacre joined the Bearcats in 2010 as a redshirt and played in 53 games over his four-year playing career. He totaled 109 tackles, including 47 tackles-for-loss. He also registered 30.5 quarterback sacks, including 12 in 2013 as Northwest captured the national championship. Longacre was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015. Longacre played in 38 games for the Rams and made eight starts. He was credited with 6.5 quarterback sacks in the NFL. He concluded his four-year NFL career by playing in Super Bowl 53 with the Los Angeles Rams.

Dixon played in 27 career games for the Bearcats and helped lead the squad to the 2013 national championship. Dixon earned first-team All-America honors as a senior in 2013, after having earned second-team All-America honors as a junior in 2012. He posted 56  tackles and six interceptions in his two-year Bearcat career. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2014 National Football League draft Dixon was the 195th overall selection and 19th selection of the sixth round. Dixon would go on to play 14 games and intercept a pass for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014. He finished his playing career in the NFL when he played five games for the New York Giants in 2017.

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Dorrel was the obvious choice for the coach of the team. He won three national championships at Northwest Missouri and had a 76-8 record (.904). From 2013-2016, he won three championships and only lost two games.

To be eligible for the team, a student-athlete must have played during any season from 2010-2019 but must have completed his eligibility prior to the 2020 season. He must also have been named a D2Football.com All-American in that time period.

The GLIAC had the most selections (10) followed closely by the MIAA (9). Ferris State and Northwest Missouri each had three selections (one coach for Northwest), which were the most by any program.

At the time of publication, 35 of the players on the team had made an active roster in the NFL. Sixteen of the members of the team had been drafted by the NFL. Three members await the 2020 NFL Draft. While participation in professional leagues creeped into the deliberation process, the student-athletes are on this team because of their accomplishments on the collegiate football field.

There are four D2Football.com Offensive Players of the Year selections on the team. They are joined by five Defensive Player of the Year selections. Three players on the team earned four Harlon Hill Trophies.

The D2Football.com All-Decade Team was selected by the staff of D2Football.com with input from coaches across the country.

https://www.d2football.com/2010-2019-all-decade/

D2Football.com’s All-Decade First Team
QB
Jason Vander Laan
Ferris State

RB

Franklyn Quiteh
Bloomsburg

RB

Austin Ekeler
Western Colorado

WR

Jeff Janis
Saginaw Valley

WR

Billy Brown
Shepherd

TE

Adam Shaheen
Ashland

OL

Ryan Schraeder
Valdosta State

OL

Garth Heikkinen
Minnesota Dulth

OL

Ryan Jensen
CSU-Pueblo

OL

Amini Silatolu
Midwestern State

OL

Joe Long
Wayne State (Mich.)

DL

Matt Judon
Grand Valley

DL

Brandon Williams
Missouri Southern

DL

Jamie Meder
Ashland

DL

Matt Longacre
Northwest Missouri

LB

Deon Lacey
West Alabama

LB

Nate Dreiling
Pittsburg State

LB

Connor Harris
Lindenwood

DB

Malcolm Butler
West Alabama

DB

Kyle Dugger
Lenoir-Rhyne

DB

Rontez Miles
Cal U

DB

Pierre Desir
Lindenwood

K

Greg Zuerlein
Missouri Western

P

Taylor Accardi
Colorado School of Mines

AP

John Brown
Pittsburg State

D2Football.com’s All-Decade Second Team

QB
Luis Perez
Texas A&M-Commerce

RB

Cameron McDondle
CSU-Pueblo

RB

Ja’Quan Gardner
Humboldt State

WR

Brody Oliver
Colorado Mines

WR

Shane Zylstra
Minnesota State

TE

Brian Leonhardt
Bemidji State

OL

Alex Cappa
Humboldt State

OL

Eric Kush
Cal U

OL

Brandon Fusco
Slippery Rock

OL

Matt Armstrong
Grand Valley

OL

Trey Pipkens
Sioux Falls

DL

Marcus Martin
Slippery Rock

DL

Grover Stewart
Albany State

DL

Cedric Thornton
Southern Arkansas

DL

Zach Sieler
Ferris State

LB

Larry Dean
Valdosta State

LB

Adam Bighill
Central Washington

LB

Carlos Fields
Winston-Salem

DB

Janoris Jenkins
North Alabama

DB

Jeff Heath
Saginaw Valley

DB

Tavierre Thomas
Ferris State

DB

Brandon Dixon
Northwest Missouri

K

Dante Brown
Fort Hays

P

Randy Weich
Wayne State (Neb.)

AP

Deonte Harris
Assumption