Six named to the Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Team; Williams first team

Six named to the Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Team; Williams first team

DON HANSEN RELEASE

BROOKFIELD, Ill. (January 30, 2018) - Six members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team were recognized on the 2017 Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Teams. Junior Darius Williams (Gilbert, Ariz.) was honored as first team defense.

Named to the second team were senior Corbin Feenstra (C, Superior, Colo.) and sophomore Emery Taylor (CB, Aurora, Colo.), while seniors Zach Boyd (TE, Fort Lupton, Colo.) and Ty McCulley (LT, Pueblo, Colo.) and junior Deyon Sizer (NG, Aurora, Colo.) were listed as third team.

The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen's Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.

The first-team and second-team All-Region selections advance to a national ballot from which the 2017 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team will be selected.

ALL-REGION BIOS

FIRST TEAM

WILLIAMS

D2CCA All-America First Team ... AFCA All-America Second Team ... D2Football.com All-America First Team ... D2CCA All-Region First Team ... Don Hansen All-Super Region Four First Team ... All-RMAC First Team ... All-NFFCC First Team ... Cliff Harris Award Finalist ... Williams finished the regular season T-2nd in NCAA Division II for interceptions with eight, which is also a CSU-Pueblo program record ... Returned those eight interceptions for 176 yards (5th in Division II) and three touchdowns (T-1st in Division II) ... Added nine pass break-ups to finish 2nd in the RMAC in passes defended (17), which also ranks T-23rd nationally ... Compiled 46 tackles (34 solo) with 4.5 tackles for loss (-13 yards) and a sack (-6 yards) ... Forced a fumble in the playoff game at Minnesota State (Nov. 18) ... Named RMAC Player of the Week once in 2017 ... CSU-Pueblo finished the regular season 4th nationally in both interceptions (21) and team passing efficiency defense (88.95) and were 10th in scoring defense (14.3 ppg) and total defense (273.5 ypg).

SECOND TEAM

FEENSTRA

D2Football.com All-America Second Team ... All-RMAC First Team ... All-NFFCC First Team ... Started all 12 games at center ... His his career, started 34 games at center (34 of his last 35 games) and played in 46 games on the offensive line ... The ThunderWolves scoring offense was second in the RMAC and 24th nationally at the end of the regular season ... The Pack had the 4th best rushing attack in the conference with 191.5 yards per game and led the league in completion percentage (60.9%) ... Helped guide a 1,000 yard rusher ... CSU-Pueblo ranked 3rd in the RMAC and 33rd nationally in sacks allowed (1.27 spg) and were 5th in the conference in tackles for loss allowed (5.73 tflpg) ... Three-time Academic All-America ... Three-time Academic All-District ... 2017 Academic All-RMAC First Team.

TAYLOR

Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Second Team ... All-RMAC First Team ... All-NFFCC First Team ... Started all 12 games at corner ... Finished the regular season as the RMAC leader in passes defended with 18 to rank T-7th in NCAA Division II ... Brought down six interceptions (113 return yards) to rank second in the RMAC and T-9th nationally ... Scored twice on the six interceptions ... Added 3.5 tackles for loss (-13 yards) with 45 tackles (28 solo) ... CSU-Pueblo finished the regular season 4th nationally in both interceptions (21) and team passing efficiency defense (88.95) and were 10th in scoring defense (14.3 ppg) and total defense (273.5 ypg).

THIRD TEAM

BOYD

Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Third Team ... All-RMAC First Team ... All-NFFCC First Team ... Played in all 12 games with nine starts ... Finished tied for 3rd on the team with 18 receptions and fourth with 203 receiving yards ... Tied for second in touchdowns with three ... Long reception went for 53 yards ... An extension of the CSU-Pueblo offensive line that ranked 3rd in the RMAC and 33rd nationally in sacks allowed (1.27 spg) and were 5th in the conference in tackles for loss allowed (5.73 tflpg) ... Helped block for a 1,000 yard rusher ... In his career totaled 78 receptions for 1,075 yards and 14 touchdowns ... Ranks 11th all-time in reception yards.

McCULLEY

D2Football.com All-America First Team ... Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Third Team ... All-RMAC First Team ... All-NFFCC First Team ... Started all 12 games at left tackle and started on the line in all 51 games he played in, missing just one game in his career during his redshirt-freshman season ... At the end of the regular season, the ThunderWolves scoring offense was second in the RMAC and 24th nationally ... The Pack had the 4th best rushing attack in the conference with 191.5 yards per game and led the league in completion percentage (60.9%) ... Guided a 1,000 yard rusher ... CSU-Pueblo ranked 3rd in the RMAC and 33rd nationally in sacks allowed (1.27 spg) and were 5th in the conference in tackles for loss allowed (5.73 tflpg).

SIZER

Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Third Team ... All-RMAC First Team ... All-NFFCC Second Team ... Started all 12 games at nose tackle ... Finished third on the team with 59 tackles (30 solo) ... Added 7.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards) to rank third on the team ... Had one sack (-5 yards) ... Recovered a fourth quarter fumble and returned it 15 yards to set up a field goal and move the score to 30-24 in a win against then-No. 8 Colorado Mesa ... At the end of the regular season, the ThunderWolves were top 20 nationally in scoring defense (10th), total defense (10th), turnovers gained (11th) and passing yards allowed (18th).

THE THUNDERWOLVES IN 2017

The Pack finished the season with a 9-3 overall record, while their 9-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference mark was good for a share of the league title. CSU-Pueblo advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs as a seven seed. The ThunderWolves fell 16-13 in overtime to No. 1 overall and No. 2 seed Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Pack were No. 20 nationally following the end of the regular season and moved up to No. 17 in the final poll.

The defense closed the regular season top 20 nationally in eight categories, red zone defense (3rd, 57.7%), interceptions (4th, 21), team passing efficiency defense (4th, 88.95), defensive touchdowns (7th, 5), scoring defense (10th, 14.3), total defense (10th, 273.5), turnovers gained (11th, 27) and passing yards allowed (18th, 164.6).

The Pack also finished the regular season top 25 in Division II in turnover margin (17th, 1,0), net punting (20th, 36.8), kick returns (23rd, 23.0), red zone offense (23rd, 88%) and scoring offense (24th, 37.6).

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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.