CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Press release provided by Lenior-Rhyne athletics.
Four members of the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team have been named to the Don Hansen All-Region team as announced by the Football Gazette.
Dan Louba and Jason Poe earned First Team honors and Kyle Dugger (Second Team) and T.J. Smith (Third Team) were also selected.
Poe won the South Atlantic Conference’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy and was also named First Team All-Conference and D2CCA First Team All-Region. Poe played in all 14 games for the Bears, starting 13 times. He helped open up huge holes in the running game thanks to his ability to pull from the guard position. Louba also garnered First Team All-Region honors as a defensive tackle. Louba finished the season with 62 total tackles, a fumble recovery and 11 tackles for loss. Louba’s 7.5 sacks ranked fifth in the SAC and he was a major component of a rushing defense that never allowed an individual to run for 100 yards all season. Dugger’s selection to the Second Team came as a Return Specialist. Dugger broke the program records for punt return yardage (534) and most punt returns (31). Dugger was named the National Special Teams Player of the Week as he broke a single game record with two punt returns for touchdowns against Newberry. Smith’s standout senior season led the wideout to Third Team All-Region accolades. Smith tied a program record with three receiving touchdowns against Tusculum and his 1,059 receiving yards ranked third in team history. Smith, a team captain, also earned Second Team All-Conference honors.
The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988.
Don Hansen’s Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003. The first-team and second-team All-Region selections advance to a national ballot from which the 2018 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team will be selected.