PITTSBURG, Kan. (February 25, 2016) – Four Colorado State University-Pueblo football student-athletes were honored as 2015 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-Americans, while the ThunderWolves gathered 12 awards on the all-super region four teams, announced by the Don Hansen Football Committee.
Four seniors nabbed the All-America nod, as Cameron McDondle (RB, Littleton, Colo.) and Morgan Fox (DL, Fountain, Colo.) were honored as first team, Kieren Duncan (WR, Goodyear, Ariz.) was a third team return specialist and Gary Dixon (OL, Fontana, Calif.) was an honorable mention recipient.
Redshirt-freshman Darius Williams (CB, Gilbert, Ariz.) guided the all-region group, as he was honored as Don Hansen Super Region Four Freshman of the Year and third team defense.
McDondle, Fox and Duncan all earned first team laurels at the regional level.
Dixon was the lone second team member, while Duncan earned third team recognition as a wide receiver. Also listed as Don Hansen Super Region Four Third Team Offense were linemen Corbin Feenstra (Superior, Colo.), Ty McCulley (Pueblo, Colo.) and Zach Martinez (Redlands, Calif.). Senior Tony Campton (NG, Littleton, Colo.) was third team defense and senior Greg O'Donnell (K, Monument, Colo.) was a third team place kicker.
Honored as a Harlon Hill Trophy finalist ... AP Little All-America First Team ... D2Football.com All-America First Team ... D2CCA All-America First Team ... D2CCA All-Super Region Four First Team ... RMAC Offensive Player of the Year and an All-RMAC First Team selection ... Ranked second in NCAA Division II in rushing yards (2,235), rushing yards per game (171.9) and rushing touchdowns (24) ... Finished third nationally in rush yards per carry (7.4), sixth in all-purpose yards (177.85) and 10th in scoring (11.1) ... The yards total in 2015 is a program record, while he also owns the program record for touchdowns in a season (24) and in a career (60) ... Holds the single-season scoring record (144) and Oct. 24 against then-No. 7 Colorado School of Mines, he rushed for 308 yards, a new program best ... His total rushing yards this season ranks eighth on NCAA Division II all-time season yards list, while it is second most on the RMAC single-season chart ... His rushing touchdowns total is fourth in a single season in conference history ... Named NFF-Colorado Chapter Player of the Week three times and RMAC Offensive Player of the Week twice.
Combined with brother Bernard McDondle (RB, Littleton, Colo.) to total 3,674 rushing yards to establish the new NCAA Division II record for most yards gained by two players, same team in a season (Previous record was 3,611 set in 2004 by Pittsburg State) ... As of Nov. 13, led all levels of NCAA in rushing yards (1,943) and rushing touchdowns (24) ... Rushed for 150 or more yards in 11 of 13 games played this season ... Rushed for multiple touchdowns in eight games this season, which includes three touchdowns four times and four rushing scores at Chadron State Oct. 17 (T-9th in DII in 2015) ... Totaled five rushing touchdowns on carries of 70 or more yards ... Reached 1,000 yards in just six games, the fastest in program history.
With 5,951 career rushing yards he is the program's leader, second all-time in the RMAC and 16th all-time in NCAA Division II ... He finished his career with 126.6 yards per game, 56 rushing touchdowns and 6.6 yards per carry (897 carries) ... Rushed for more than 100 yards in 31 career games, which included 10 straight games in 2015 and 23 of the last 25 games.
Named a finalist for the Cliff Harris Small College Defensive Player of the Year... Honored as the runner-up for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award ... Associated Press Little All-America Second Team ... AFCA All-America Team ... D2Football.com All-America Second Team ... D2CCA All-America First Team ... D2CCA All-Region First Team Defense … Named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and All-RMAC First Team ... Finished first in the nation in sacks per game with 1.42, while the 128 sack yards was first nationally ... In 12 games he totaled 17.0 sacks to rank second in Division II and his 15 solo sacks was second ... Finished 17th nationally with 1.8 tackles for loss per game and has totaled 21.5 tackles for loss resulting in -137 yard (third nationally) ... Finished the season with 52 tackles (32 solo), forced and recovered a fumble and added one pass break-up ... Posted five multi-sack games, which included three sacks on three occasions ... Totaled a career-high 10 tackles (five solo), 3.5 tackles for loss (-23 yards and two sacks (-20 yards) at West Texas A&M ... During the regular season, Fox was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week twice... Member of a Pack defense that finished third nationally in interceptions (24), third in scoring defense (15.8), 11th in rushing defense (94.6), 17th in total defense (308.8), 18th in tackles for loss (8.2) and 19th in sacks per game (3.0).
Owns the program record for sacks in a season (17) and career (36) ... 164 career tackles (82 solo) ... 49.5 tackles for loss (-276 yards) and -250 yards from sacks ... Four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles ... 11 break-ups.
Duncan appeared in all 14 games for the Pack … All-RMAC First Team Offense, All-RMAC First Team Kick Returner, All-RMAC Honorable Mention Punt Returner ... Returned 17 kickoffs and totaled 512 yards with a average of 30.1 yards to rank sixth nationally… Returned one kickoff for a touchdown Sept. 12 on a 98-yard return at West Texas A&M … Duncan returned 28 punts on the year and compiled 292 yards with a average of 10.4 yards per return to sit 26th nationally … Recorded a season long 41 yard return Oct. 31 at Black Hills State … Finished 18th in NCAA Division II in combined kick returns (804 yards) … RMAC Special Teams Player of the Week … Corralled 36 passes thrown his direction, leading the team in both receptions and reception yards with 622 on the year … Averaged 44.4 yards per game including a 17.3 yards per reception mark … Duncan received six touchdown passes, his season long 70-yard touchdown reception came Oct. 10 against Fort Lewis.
Started all 14 games at left guard … D2CCA All-Super Region Four Second Team ... All-RMAC First Team member ... Helped guide a ThunderWolves rushing attack that ranked sixth nationally with 291.0 yards per game … Contributed to Pack rushing attack that became just the fourth in NCAA Division II history to produce both a 2,000 yard rusher and a 1,000 yard rusher in the same season … Guided Harlon Hill finalist running back Cameron McDondle (third in final voting) and combined with brother Bernard McDondle for an NCAA record for rushing yards by two backs on the same team (3,674 yards) ... The offensive line allowed 19 sacks (-128 yards) to rank No. 29 nationally (1.36 in sacks per game) ... A two-time all-region performer and All-RMAC member.
REGIONAL FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR - WILLIAMS BIO
Named RMAC Defensive Freshman of the Year and All-RMAC First Team ... Totaled 35 tackles (24 solo), as he earned a starting spot for the final 11 games of the season … Brought down three interceptions and returned them 100 yards, which included a 53-yard touchdown return against Adams State … Led the team with 10 break-ups and ranked seventh in the RMAC in passes defended (13) … Named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week once.
The ThunderWolves in 2015
The ThunderWolves went 12-2 overall for their third 12-plus win season in the last four years. The Pack went a perfect 9-0 for the fourth time in the last five years to earn their fifth consecutive RMAC Championship.
CSU-Pueblo earned the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Playoffs and made its fifth straight appearance in the Division II postseason Nov. 21. The ThunderWolves hosted No. 5-seed University of Indianapolis in the first round and won 27-14, then took to the road for their first-ever true road game in the playoffs. The Pack traveled to No. 1-seed Midwestern State University and downed the Mustangs 26-17 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals for the third time in the last four years. CSU-Pueblo suffered a 31-7 loss to No. 6-seed Grand Valley State University in the game at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl, to close the season and end the defense of the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship.
The ThunderWolves finished fifth in both the American Football Coaches Association and D2Football.com national polls.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.