A.I.I. News
11.21.2012 - [Football]
Dakota State's Brandon Large
Dakota State's Brandon Large
MADISON, S.D. - The Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Football All-Conference selections and post-season awards were announced Tuesday.
 
Senior quarterback Brandon Large of Dakota State (S.D.) was named the A.I.I. Offensive Most Valuable Player (MVP). Large led the Independent Conference with 262.1 passing yards per game for the Trojans. He recorded a completion rate of 58.4 percent. Large broke the DSU school record for most passing yards in a single season with 2,883 yards.

Aaron Freije of Valley City State (N.D.) and A.J. Downs of Jamestown (N.D.) both were selected as co-A.I.I. Defensive Most Valuable Player.

Freije, senior defensive lineman, led the Vikings with 96 tackles and recorded 7.5 quarterback sacks. He ranks 11th in the nation in sacks per game (0.8) and 15th in total quarterback sacks (8.0). Freije also ranks in the ‘Top 30' in tackles per game (23rd), tackles for loss per game (25th) and total tackles for loss (29th).

Downs, senior cornerback for the Jimmies, amassed a total of 60 tackles (6.0 tackles per game). He recorded seven pass deflections this season.

Tommy Zinke of Valley City State was awarded the A.I.I. Most Valuable Senior award. As a senior quarterback for the Vikings, he accumulated a total of 4,233 passing yards during his four-year career. He threw a total of 42 touchdowns and averaged 146.0 passing yards for his career with a completion rate of 55.2 percent.

The A.I.I. coaches voted Dennis McCulloch of Valley City State for their Coach of the Year. He led the Vikings to a 7-3 overall record and a 4-1 record in the A.I.I. VCSU was ranked No. 24 in the final NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 poll, released on Nov. 11.

Below are the lists of A.I.I. All-Conference first-team and honorable mention selections by each school:
 
2012 A.I.I. Football All-Conference First-Team
 
  Most Valuable Player Offense: Brandon Large, senior QB, Dakota State (S.D.).
  Co-Most Valuable Player Defense: Aaron Freije, senior defensive lineman, Valley City State (N.D.); A.J. Downs, senior cornerback, Jamestown (N.D.)
  Most Valuable Senior: Tommy Zinke, senior quarterback, Valley City State (N.D.)
  Coach of the Year: Dennis McCulloch, Valley City State (N.D.)

Dakota State (S.D.)

Position

Name

Height

Weight

Year

Hometown

WR

Stacey Berg

6'3"

185

Senior

Winslow, Ariz.

LB

Craig Hertz

6'2"

225

Senior

Ocheyedan, Iowa

DE

Blake Schlagel

6'4"

210

Senior

Raymond, S.D.

DL

Ronnie Jorgenson

6'2"

290

Junior

Balaton, Minn.

OL

Joey Wuolle

6'3"

275

Freshman

Olympia, Wash.


Jamestown (N.D.)

Position

Name

Height

Weight

Year

Hometown

CB

A.J. Downs

5'10"

180

Senior

Los Angeles, Calif.

RB

Lance Johansen

5'11"

180

Senior

Devils Lake, N.D.

NT

Andrew Hammond

6'2"

296

Senior

Lake St. Louis, Mo.

Punter

Craig Anderson

6'1"

235

Senior

Hartsville, S.C.

OT

Mike Findlay

6'6"

280

Junior

Tracy, Calif.

LB

Reid Haagenson

6'1"

235

Senior

Leeds, N.D.

SS

C.J. Costello

6'0"

205

Senior

Hanford, Calif.


Mayville State (N.D.)

Position

Name

Height

Weight

Year

Hometown

LB

Jacob Grosz

5'9"

185

Sophomore

Barnesville, Minn.

DB

Rashad Flanders

5'11"

185

Sophomore

Miami, Fla.

OL

Brandon Zahn

6'3"

300

Senior

Waukesha, Wis.

DB

Jason Holmes

5'10"

190

Freshman

Orlando, Fla.

DB

Dylan Midstokke

6'0"

175

Junior

Peck, Idaho

RB

Dominique Bradley

6'2"

185

Junior

San Diego, Calif.


Valley City State (N.D.)

Position

Name

Height

Weight

Year

Hometown

DL

Aaron Freije

6'1"

250

Senior

West Fargo, N.D.

DL

Garrett Jackson

6'2"

233

Senior

Fairbanks, Alaska

DB

Jake Thurston

5'11"

206

Junior

Bottineau, N.D.

Kicker

Thomas Cortez

6'0"

177

Sophomore

Haiku, Hawaii

TE

Ken Eliacin

6'4"

240

Senior

Miami, Fla.

RB

Derek Elliott

6'1"

211

Junior

Valley City, N.D.

OL

George Trujillo

6'1"

270

Sophomore

El Paso, Texas

QB

Tommy Zinke

6'2"

214

Senior

Rolla, N.D.

2012 A.I.I. Football All-Conference Honorable Mention Team

Dakota State (S.D.)

Position

Name

Height

Weight

Year

Hometown

TE

Bobby Tisch

6'4"

210

Freshman

New Ulm, Minn.

LB

Eric Liles

6'0"

240

Senior

Queen Creek, Ariz.

WR

Carl Curtis

5'10"

190

Senior

Mesa, Ariz.

DE

Josh Licht

6'2"

245

Junior

Estelline, S.D.

OL

Zac Woods

6'3"

285

Sophomore

Cherokee, Iowa


Jamestown (N.D.)

Position

Name

Height

Weight

Year

Hometown

FS

J.T. Petsch

6'4"

190

Junior

Mesa, Ariz.

LB

Kenny Anderson

5'11"

220

Senior

Beaumont, Texas

OL

Sean Emry

6'1"

285

Sophomore

Las Vegas, Nev.

TE

Derrick Dohmann

6'5"

235

Junior

Spicer, Minn.

RB

Matt Mithaugen

6'0"

205

Senior

Fergus Falls, Minn.


Mayville State (N.D.)

Position

Name

Height

Weight

Year

Hometown

LB

Travis Ahlgren

6'1"

195

Sophomore

Chugiak, Alaska

DB

Josh Jeffries

5'10"

185

Junior

Fairbanks, Alaska

OL

Aaron Popple

6'4"

305

Junior

West Bend, Wis.

WR

Taylor Kunkel

6'1"

170

Junior

Grangeville, Idaho

WR

Dantrel Horne

6'3"

185

Freshman

Miami, Fla.


Valley City State (N.D.)

Position

Name

Height

Weight

Year

Hometown

LB

Alex Hooey

6'1"

229

Senior

Fargo, N.D.

DB

Troy Still

6'2"

190

Senior

Camden, N.J.

OL

Tom Grossell

6'1"

293

Senior

Deer River, Minn.

OL

Jordan Owen

6'1"

293

Senior

St. Cloud, Minn.

TE

Jake Miller

6'1"

208

Sophomore

Rolla, N.D.