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Four Trojans selected to A.I.I. Football All-Conference team
December 19, 2011
MADISON, S.D. – Four Dakota State University football student-athletes have been selected to the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Football All-Conference, announced on Wednesday. The Trojans have two players each for first-team offense and first-team defense.
Wes Dauz (junior – Mesa, Ariz.) and Michael Kapperman (sophomore – Hartford, S.D.) have been selected to first-team offense.
Dauz, a wide receiver for the Trojans, led the team with 59 receptions for the season. According to DakStats-NAIA statistical website, he ranks 12th in the nation in total receptions and receptions per game (5.4). Dauz amassed 603 receiving yards, which is 44th in the nation. Wes is the son of Richardo Dauz and MaryAnne Loper. He is studying Biology for Information Systems at DSU.
Kapperman had started in every game for Dakota State in 2011 as an offensive lineman at right tackle. He gave up two quarterback sacks in 405 passing plays. Kapperman was one of the integral members in the Trojans' record-breaking offensive seasons by producing 3,445 offensive yards (313.2 yards per game), 1,155 rushing yards (105 yards per game) and 2,290 passing yards (208.2 per game). Michael is the son of Dennis and Carol Kapperman. He is majoring in Marketing at Dakota State.
Two DSU seniors – Bryce Logan (Frankfort, S.D.) and Wade Hoffman (Artesian, S.D.) have been named to A.I.I. first-team defense.
Logan, a corner back for the Trojans, recorded 83 tackles during 2011 season. He had 5.5 tackles-for-loss for a total loss of 22 yards. Logan broke up seven passes, recorded one fumble recovery and had two interceptions on the season. He was a team captain for the Trojans and had been awarded DAC all-conference honorable mention during his sophomore and junior seasons. Bryce is the son of James and Andrea Logan. He is studying Exercise Science at DSU.
Hoffman was a four-year starter on the defensive line for the Trojans. He was also one of the team captains for Dakota State. Hoffman recorded 48 tackles for the Trojans in 2011. He had five tackles-for-loss for a total loss of 11.3 yards. Wade is the son of Brad and Liz Hoffman. He is majoring in Exercise Science at Dakota State University.
"There were a lot of positives to this season and these four guys definitely earned, and deserve, these awards," said DSU's head football coach Josh Anderson. "We made quite a few nominations and we're grateful to have Dakota State represented on both the offensive and defensive first teams! In my first two years as head coach of the Trojans, we've only had one first-team all-conference athlete, and this year we are lucky to have four. It goes to show that our talent level is getting better each year, along with our team's years of playing experience. We've definitely got some things to work on, but at least we've got a solid foundation started to continue building from."
The full list of the A.I.I. All-Conference team follows:
|2011 A.I.I. All-Conference Football Team|
|FIRST TEAM - OFFENSE|
|QB||Tommy Zinke||Valley City State (N.D.)||JR||Rolla, N.D.|
|QB||Graham Johnston||Kentucky Christian||FR||Plain City, Ohio|
|QB||Jake McLain||Mayville State (N.D.)||SR||Chadron, Neb.|
|RB||A.J. Pfeifer||Valley City State (N.D.)||SR||Buffalo, N.D.|
|RB||Deonte Merrick||Kentucky Christian||SO||Gainesville, Fla.|
|RB||Dominique Bradley||Mayville State (N.D.)||SO||Spring Valley, Calif.|
|WR||LeTheo Proctor||Valley City State (N.D.)||SR||Anchorage, Alaska|
|WR||Beau Dailey||Kentucky Christian||SR||Kingston, Ohio|
|WR||Wes Dauz||Dakota State (S.D.)||JR||Mesa, Ariz.|
|WR||Taylor Kunkel||Mayville State (N.D.)||SO||Grangeville, Idaho|
|TE||Ken Eliacin||Valley City State (N.D.)||JR||Miami, Fla.|
|OL||Major Hopp||Valley City State (N.D.)||SR||Milica, Minn.|
|OL||David Montenaro||Kentucky Christian||FR||Hillard, Ohio|
|OL||Michael Kapperman||Dakota State (S.D.)||SO||Hartford, S.D.|
|OL||Tim Seeley||Mayville State (N.D.)||SR||Medford, Ore.|
|OL||Brandon Zahn||Mayville State (N.D.)||JR||Waukesha, Wis.|
|K||Jarred Cobb||Kentucky Christian||FR||Nicolasville, Ky.|
|PR/KR||Stanley Peterson||Kentucky Christian||FR||Reynoldsburg, Ohio|
|FIRST TEAM - DEFENSE|
|DL||Jordan Maher||Valley City State (N.D.)||SR||Bowman, N.D.|
|DL||Marvin Newkirk||Kentucky Christian||SO||Indiantown, Fla.|
|DL||Wade Hoffman||Dakota State (S.D.)||SR||Artesian, S.D.|
|LB||Jake Thurston||Valley City State (N.D.)||SO||Bottineau, N.D.|
|LB||Drew Waier||Jamestown (N.D.)||SR||Gillette, Wyo.|
|LB||Robert Nelson||Jamestown (N.D.)||SR||Britton, S.D.|
|LB||Jordan Lawson||Kentucky Christian||JR||Sylvester, Geo.|
|LB||Dylan Romero||Kentucky Christian||FR||Lakota West, Ohio|
|LB||Jacob Grosz||Mayville State (N.D.)||FR||Barnesville, Minn.|
|LB||Justin Popovich||Mayville State (N.D.)||SO||Rockford, Minn.|
|LB||Marcus Tucker||Mayville State (N.D.)||FR||Saint Thomas, N.D.|
|DB||Cody Kilthau||Valley City State (N.D.)||SR||Mililani, Hawaii|
|DB||Mike Ritter||Kentucky Christian||FR||Memphis, Tenn.|
|DB||Bryce Logan||Dakota State (S.D.)||SR||Frankfort, S.D.|
|DB||Rashad Flanders||Mayville State (N.D.)||FR||Miami, Fla.|
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director