Dickinson State's Tray Boone, Pete Stanton named North Star Athletic Association player and coach of the year
Seventeen Dickinson State football players were named to the all-North Star Athletic Association them, the NSAA announced Tuesday. Junior running back Tray Boone was named the most valuable player and the offensive most valuable player to go alon...
Seventeen Dickinson State football players were named to the all-North Star Athletic Association them, the NSAA announced Tuesday.
Junior running back Tray Boone was named the most valuable player and the offensive most valuable player to go along with his first-team selection. He is fourth in the nation with 135.6 rushing yards per game to go along with 14 touchdowns.
DSU head coach Pete Stanton was named NSAA coach of the year, as he led his team to an 8-2 overall record and a 5-1 NSAA record for the conference title and the team’s first playoff berth since 2010.
Junior safety Robert Nalewaja, senior safety Awa Poggi and cornerback Jay Liggins were named to the NSAA first team. Nalewaja is tied for second in the NAIA with six interceptions, while Poggi and Liggins have one and two picks, respectively. They paced the Blue Hawks defense to an NSAA-best 140.4 passing yards per game - third-best in the nation.
Junior middle linebacker Drew Johnson (64 tackles, 1.5 sacks), sophomore linebacker Thomas Sease (44 tackles, five sacks), senior defensive end Sefa Fatu (24 tackles, two sacks) and junior defensive end Noey Tauave (32 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, two sacks) all made the first team. Senior outside linebacker Matt McCoy (47 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks) and senior defensive tackle Michael Hernandez (39 tackles) were named to the second team.
DSU’s scoring defense was 14th best in the nation and second-best in the NSAA with 17.9 points allowed per game.
Senior center Meyer Bohn, senior right guard Lane Millay and redshirt freshman left guard Jeff Fisher were also named named first-team all-NSAA. They led the way for the 31st-best scoring offense in the nation and third-best in the NSAA with 31.5 points per game.
Junior wide receiver Austin Brown (23 catches, 349 yards, three touchdowns), freshman cornerback Cain Boschee (four interceptions, two touchdowns) and junior quarterback/cornerback Rob Sterling (949 passing yards, 580 rushing yards, 10 total TDs) received NSAA honorable mention.