Four members of the Associated Press Little All-America teams will be taking the field for Northwest Missouri State in Saturday’s Division II championship game.
Bearcats senior defensive tackle Collin Bevins was a first-team selection on the Little All-America team, which honors the top football players in Division II, III and NAIA.
Northwest Missouri State quarterback Kyle Zimmerman, who played at Blue Valley High School, was on the second team, and offensive lineman Chase Sherman and defensive back Kevin Berg on the third team.
On Saturday, the Bearcats will face North Alabama and cornerback Philbert Martial, who was also a first-team selection.
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2016 Associated Press Little All-America team
Quarterback – Justin Dvorak, senior, 6-0, 200, Colorado School of Mines.
Running backs – Marty Carter, sophomore, 6-0, 202, Grand Valley State; Trevor Heitland, senior, 5-11, 196, Coe.
Linemen – Jordan Morgan, senior, 6-4, 320, Kutztown; Zach Voytek, senior, 6-5, 300, New Haven (Conn.); Nate Theaker, senior, 6-6, 300, Wayne State; Peter Bateman, senior, 6-6, 285, Minnesota Duluth; Brooks Jenkins, senior, 6-4, 285, Mount Union.
Receivers – Garry Brown, senior, 6-1, 200, California (Pa.); Matt Heller, senior, 6-0, 195, Augustana; Koree Reed, junior, 6-1, 185, Hartwick.
All-purpose player – Keelan Cole, senior, 6-2, 175, Kentucky Wesleyan.
Kicker – Matt Davis, senior, 6-1, 190, North Carolina Pembroke.
Linemen – John Flood, senior, 6-3, 243, Wisconsin-Whitewater; Lucky Baar, senior, 6-2, 250, McKendree; Sie Doe, Jr., senior, 6-1, 230, Fort Hays State; Collin Bevins, senior, 6-6, 285, Northwest Missouri State.
Linebackers – Carter Hanson, junior, 5-10, 190, St. John’s (Minn.); Osband Thompson, junior, 6-0, 194, Tuskegee; Tyke Kozeal, senior, 6-0, 240, Nebraska-Kearney.
Backs – Baylor Mullins, senior, 5-9, 190, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Philbert Martial, senior, 5-10, 166, North Alabama; Matt McKoy, senior, 6-2, 212, Saginaw Valley State; Drew Hebel, sophomore, 5-11, 172, Black Hills State;
Punter – Aaron LaDeaux, senior, 6-2, 193, Minot State.
Quarterback – Kyle Zimmerman, senior, Northwest Missouri State.
Running backs – Austin Ekeler, senior, Western State; Chazz Middlebrook, sophomore, MacMurray.
Linemen – Stephen Evans, senior, North Alabama; Antoni Green, senior, Sioux Falls; Peter Gibson, senior, Wheaton; Alex Cappa, junior, Humboldt State; Jared Machorro, junior, Texas A&M Commerce.
Receivers – Xavier Ayers, senior, Western New Mexico; Damon Gibson, junior, Morehead State; Jesse Zubik, junior, Washington & Jefferson;
All-purpose player – TJ Brown, senior, Sterling.
Kicker – Will Gingery, senior, Wittenberg.
Linemen – Teidrick Smith, senior, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Whitney Richardson, junior, Lane; Dylan Donahue, senior, West Georgia; Marcus Martin, junior, Slippery Rock.
Linebackers – Matt Barnes, senior, Monmouth (Ill.); Alden Mann, senior, Wayland Baptist; Cody Burtscher, senior, Tarelton State.
Backs – Joshua Simmons, junior, Limestone; Michael Alada, senior, St. Thomas (Minn.); Jared Chester, junior, LIU-Post; Raheem Wilson, senior, Southeastern Oklahoma.
Quarterback – Sam Riddle, senior, Linfield.
Running backs – Michael Anderson, senior, West Virginia Wesleyan; Dayton Winn, senior, Hendrix.
Linemen – Chase Sherman, senior, Northwest Missouri State; Lavonte Hights, junior, Shepherd; Aaron Cox, senior, Grand Valley State; Jake Daugherty, junior, Ferris State; Trevor Meyer, senior, Thomas More (Ky.).
Receivers – Brody Oliver, junior, Colorado School of Mines; Shawn Self, senior, Lock Haven; Dan Arnold, senior, Wisconsin-Platteville.
All-purpose player – Marcel Newson, senior, Mississippi College.
Kicker – Cole Antley, sophomore, Ouachita Baptist.
Linemen – Victor Hudson, senior, Edinboro; Zach Sieler, sophomore, Ferris State; Sydeney Omameh, senior, Grand Valley State; Ray Edwards, senior, Wingate.
Linebackers – A.J. LiCata, junior, Alfred; Reese Dziedzic, senior, Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Eddrick Harris, senior, North Alabama.
Backs – Jay Watkins, junior, Indiana (Pa.); Jovon Dawson, senior, John Carroll; Kevin Berg, senior, Northwest Missouri State; Tavierre Thomas, junior, Ferris State.