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Tyler Steffan named to AFCA Division II All-America team

Photo by Tom Stromme/Bismarck Tribune Dickinson native Tyler Steffan, a junior receiver for the University of Mary, has been named to the American Football Coaches Association NCAA Division II All-America team.1 / 2
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Tyler Steffan's breakout season has earned him the highest honor of his career.

Steffan became the first University of Mary player selected to the American Football Coaches Association NCAA Division II All-America team on Tuesday.

"This is something you dream of when you play college sports," he said.

The 6-foot-5 junior wide receiver from Dickinson led NCAA Division II with 17 receiving touchdowns. He had 914 yards receiving on 54 catches, averaging 16.9 yards per reception.

During the 2011 season, Steffan established a single-season school record for touchdown receptions, set a U-Mary single-game records for touchdown receptions in a game by twice catching four. Steffan also tied U-Mary's single-game record for total touchdowns.

"When you have a good season, you like to be rewarded," Steffan said. "When you have a good enough year to even be considered for All-America is good enough, the way I see it.

"When you're named All-America, you're one of two receivers in the nation that are tagged at that position on that team. It's unbelievable. It's awesome."

With only the D-II national championship game left to be played, Steffan ranks 15th in the nation in scoring and finished as the NSIC leader in touchdowns. Steffan finished second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in receptions and receiving yardage.

Steffan has also been selected to the all-NSIC first team and D-II all-Super Region 3 first team.

"I'm extremely excited," Steffan said. "It's just one of those things. It's a great accomplishments, but it doesn't go undeserving of the team too. ... I've got to give a big thanks to all those guys that helped me, too."

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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