MIAA places 9 Blue Tigers on football squad

The 14 football coaches in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association took notice of Lincoln’s better-than-expected season.

Nine Blue Tigers earned All-MIAA honors from the league, it was announced Tuesday.

Senior running back Morris Henderson headlined Lincoln’s honorees with a second-team selection.

Center J.J. Johnson and linebacker Kendrick Causey were third-team selections while quarterback Jacob Morris, offensive tackles Roberto Limon and Jarve Dean, offensive guards Justin Campbell and Cesar Estrada and cornerback Markuice Savage all made the honorable mention list.

Henderson rushed for 1,266 yards, breaking legendary Lincoln running back Leo Lewis’ 1952 record of 1,239. Henderson averaged 6.8 yards per carry, which also surpasses Lewis’ 1952 mark of 5.9. In addition to his rushing total, which ranked 19th in all of NCAA Division II, Henderson racked up 2,257 all-purpose yards, the second-most in the MIAA and the sixth-most in the country.

Johnson led one of the most successful offensive lines in Lincoln history. Johnson, along with linemates Limon, Estrada, Campbell and Dean, blocked for 4,917 yards of total offense, crushing the old single-season record of 3,734 that was set last season. The quintet paved the way for 2,529 rushing yards, 2,388 passing yards and 42 offensive touchdowns.

Causey was named to the all-league third team after finishing third in the conference in total tackles, making 116 takedowns over the course of the 11-game season. Causey posted a team-best 51 solo tackles while assisting on 65 others and finished with 3.5 tackles for loss.

Morris had arguably the most prolific passing season in Lincoln history, breaking five single-season records, one career record and one single-game mark while tying four other single-game records. Morris became the first Lincoln quarterback to ever throw for more than 2,000 yards in a season, finishing the 2013 campaign with 2,076, and ended the year with a program-record 2,721 yards of total offense. Both totals broke Lincoln season records held by Steve Bohlken, who threw for 1,939 yards and compiled 2,194 yards of offense in 1988.

Lincoln’s final honoree, Savage, was selected All-MIAA honorable mention for the second consecutive season. Savage finished second on the team with 50 solo tackles and 77 total takedowns. He also intercepted three passes, including two in the win against Southwest Baptist, and finished with a team-best 10 passes defended.

Offensive Player of the Year

Trevor Adams, QB, Northwest Missouri

Defensive Player of the Year

Matt Longacre, DL, Northwest Missouri

Special Teams Player of the Year

John Brown, KR/PR, Pittsburg State

Co-Freshmen of the Year

Antonio Brown, RB, Emporia State; Josh Powell, DL, Central Missouri

Coach of the Year

Adam Dorrel, Northwest Missouri

First Team


Quarterback: Trevor Adams, Northwest Missouri.

Running backs: Joshua Birmingham, Central Oklahoma; Jeff Seybold, Pittsburg State.

Wide receivers: Marquez Clark, Central Oklahoma; Ray Ray Davis, Emporia State; John Brown, Pittsburg State.

Tight end/fullback: Tore’ Hurst, Washburn.

Offensive linemen: Cole Manhart, Nebraska-Kearney*; Jarrett Stastny, Emporia State; Cody Carlson, Northwest Missoouri; Cody Holland, Pittsburg State; Kyle Duncan, Washburn.

Kicker: Justin Linn, Washburn.

KR/PR: John Brown, Pittsburg State.


Defensive linemen: Matt Longacre, Northwest Missouri; Brandon Yost, Northwest Missouri; Joe Uzzel, Pittsburg State; Cameron Jackson, Washburn.

Linebackers: Jordan Sanders, Emporia State; Eric Reimer, Northwest Missouri; D.J. Gnader, Northwest Missouri; Nate Dreiling, Pittsburg State; Bryce Atagi, Washburn.

Defensive backs: Chris Poston, Emporia State; Pierre Desir, Lindenwood; Mike Jordan, Missouri Wester; Brandon Dixon, Missouri Western.

Punter: Scott Groner, Missouri Western.

Second Team


Quarterback: Brent Wilson, Emporia State.

Running backs: Morris Henderson, Lincoln; Raphael Spencer, Missouri Western.

Wide receivers: Ronrei Lloyd, Central Missouri; Austin Willis, Emporia State; Alex Robinson, Lindenwood.

Tight end/fullback: Reggie Jordan, Missouri Western.

Offensive linemen: Brian Berzanski, Central Missouri; Cameron Pound, Central Oklahoma; Mario Abundes, Fort Hays State; Jeremy Jacobson, Missouri Western; C.J. Keeney, Northwest Missouri.

Kicker: Zach Gebhardt, Central Missouri.

KR/PR: Marquez Clark, Central Oklahoma.


Defensive linemen: Ramond Hunter, Central Missouri; Kenny Allen, Central Oklahoma; Austin Baska, Missouri Westner; Taye Irvin, Pittsburg State.

Linebackers: Ricky Sprately, Central Missouri; Gatlin Ridgeway, Missouri Southern; Langston Jones, Northeastern State; Shaquille Shedd, Southwest Baptist.

Defensive backs: Gary Fortune, Emporia State; Michael Jordan, Fort Hays State; Brian Dixon, Northwest Missouri; Keeston Terry, Pittsburg State; D.J. Wakes, Washburn.

Punter: Kyle Goodburn, Northwest Missouri.

Third Team


Quarterback: Hayden Hawk, Central Missouri.

Running backs: LaVance Taylor, Central Missouri; Andre Smith, Fort Hays State.

Wide receivers: Keaton Callins, Fort Hays State; Derwyn Lauderdale, Southwest Baptist; DaJuan Beard, Washburn.

Tight end/fullback: Chris Barnwell, Missouri Southern; Marcus Wright, Northwest Missouri.

Offensive linemen: Aaron Blount, Emporia State; J.J. Johnson, Lincoln; Jose Zuniga, Lindenwood; Cole Chevalier, Northwest Missouri; Tyler Smith, Pittsburg State.

Kicker: Connor Frazell, Pittsburg State.

KR/PR: LaVance Taylor, Central Missouri.


Defensive linemen: Neil Shortell, Emporia State; Jess Trent, Fort Hays State; Thomas Stubbs, Lindenwood; Arbanas Elliot, Missouri Western.

Linebackers: Justin McPhail, Fort Hays State; Kendrick Causey, Lincoln; Kellen Werner, Nebraska-Kearney; Tyler Disney, Pittsburg State.

Defensive backs: Gaige Washington, Missouri Southern; Kyler Harris, Northeastern State; De’Vante Bausby, Pittsburg State; Evan Ray, Southwest Baptist.

Punter: Ed Burns, Lindenwood.

Honorable Mention

Quarterbacks: Adrian Nelson, Central Oklahoma; Jacob Morris, Lincoln; Jay McDowell, Missouri Southern; Travis Partridge, Missouri Western; Anthony Abenoja, Pittsburg State.

Running backs: Antonio Brown, Emporia State; Giresse Forchu, Missouri Southern; Terrance Dixon, Northeastern State; Billy Creason, Northwest Missouri.

Wide receivers: Christian Hood, Central Oklahoma; Kavaski Ervin, Emporia State; Tanner Hageman, Fort Hays State; Jaron Alexander, Lindenwood; Stephon Weaver, Missouri Western; Derek Libby, Missouri Western; Clint Utter, Northwest Missouri; Matt Kobbeman, Washburn.

Tight end/fullback: Cullen Rosine, Central Missouri; Josh Klumpe, Emporia State; Nick Whitlow, Northeastern State; Joel Gantz, Northwest Missouri; Conner Combes, Pittsburg State.

Offensive linemen: Justin Manu, Central Missouri; Brandon Waggoner, Central Oklahoma; Danny Goodman, Emporia State; Greg List, Fort Hays State; Jarve Dean, Lincoln; Roberto Limon, Lincoln; Cesar Estrada, Lincoln; Justin Campbell, Lincoln; Jacob Heneisen, Lindenwood; Austin Wolfe, Missouri Southern; Caleb Benner, Missouri Southern; Ross Dvorak, Northeastern State; Ethan James, Northeastern State; Hudson Baab, Northeastern State; Ollie Venegas, Pittsburg State; Derrick Okafor, Southwest Baptist; Sydney Wiggs, Southwest Baptist; Jimmy Schmitzer, Southwest Baptist; Michael Miller, Washburn.

Defensive linemen: Josh Powell, Central Missouri; Tyler Newton, Central Oklahoma; Justin Wilson, Emporia State; Ryan Louia, Emporia State; Jeremy Jones, Fort Hays State; DeShawn Lawson, Lindenwood; John Oglesby, Missouri Western; Dakota Moran, Northeastern State; Bryant Hummel, Northwest Missouri; Matt Meinart, Northwest Missouri; Avery Adair, Pittsburg State; Johnathan Drury, Southwest Baptist; Adebayo Oladapo, Washburn.

Linebackers: Zach Quines, Central Missouri; Adrian Shoecraft, Central Oklahoma; DeShawn Dinwiddie, Emporia State; Tariq Allen, Emporia State; Michael Terry, Fort Hays State; Dillon Hawkins, Lindenwood; Clint Koons, Lindenwood; Tyke Kozeal, Nebraska-Kearney; Dalvin Taylor, Missouri Southern; Stephen Juergens, Missouri Western; Nick Williams, Missouri Western; Willie Williams, Washburn.

Defensive backs: Julia Dozier, Emporia State; Ivan Hodges, Southwest Baptist; Jason Peete, Pittsburg State; Markuice Savage, Lincoln; Wesley Thomas, Lindenwood; Johnquavious McBride, Missouri Southern; Bryce Enyard, Northwest Missouri; Aries Herrion, Pittsburg State; Devon Connors, Washburn.

Kicker: Seth Hiddink, Central Oklahoma; Eli Kuhns Emporia State.

KR/PR: DeAndre James, Fort Hays State; Devion Dinwiddie, Emporia State.


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