Division II MVP
School: NW Missouri State
Zimmerman led his team to a perfect 15-0 mark, en route to a Division II crown. He was the MIAA Offensive player of the year. Zimmerman ranked second in the nation with a 179.0 pass efficiency rating. He led the MIAA with 34 passing touchdowns against a league-low two interceptions. He compiled 3,056 yards on 231 completions. He set Northwest single game records for passing touchdowns (6) and total touchdowns (7) in a victory over Pittsburg State.
Defensive Player of the Year
Bass had an absolutely dominating season at DE. Baar led McKendree with 21.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 quarterback sacks. He has good size (6’1-250 lbs) and if he can show his ability to hang in coverage, he could be a severely underrated player at 3-4 OLB next season.
The Gunslinger Award (Top QB)
School: Colorado School of Mines
Dvorak claimed the 2016 Harlon Hill Trophy as the Division II College Football Player of the Year. Dvorak led all Division II with 4,584 passing yards and 53 touchdowns, rushing for eight more. His 380.2 yards of total offense per game ranked second in Division II. Dvorak has an above average arm and good ball placement, and excelled in his scheme.
Chris Ivory Award (Top RB)
School: Sioux Falls
Mickey was a very good all around back last season, he ranked first in NCAA DII in rushing yards per carry at 8.6 and fifth nationally in rushing yards per game at 135.7 per game while sitting second in DII in rushing yards with a school record 1,764. He has proven to be very elusive, and dangerous in the open field.
Jeff Janis Award (Top WR)
Heller had a very good season last year, compiling 1,509 and 21 touchdowns. That’s one of the best totals last year, and he played in 2-3 less games than the competition. He has reasonable size for the position (5’11-195 lbs) and can be an option on the outside or slot.
Delanie Walker Award (Top TE)
Though only a junior from a Division II school, Shaheen opted to enter next year’s NFL Draft. He is an outstanding receiver, and his size (6’5-270 lbs) make him very dangerous in the red zone. He ended 2016 with 57 catches for 867 yards and a Division II record of 16 touchdown grabs.
Brandon Fusco Award (Top OL)
Morgan had a very good season, and his draft stock has never been higher. The 6’3, 320 pound Senior was a bully on the line, and time after time he shows off his nasty streak by putting defenders on the ground and playing through the whistle. He was tabbed as the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year, becoming the second player in PSAC history to win the award. In addition, he also received invites to the NFL Combine and The Reese’s Senior Bowl.
William Hayes Award (Top DL)
Richardson had an eye opening Junior campaign, racking up 17.5 total sacks, 125 sack yards and 17 solo sacks. He has a great first step and good size (6’5-235 lbs). Richardson was selected as a Division II All-American. He will be back next season to further refine his skills.
Dan Skuta Award (Top LB)
Kozeal has been one of the most sure tacklers in Division II in his career. He has 604 tackles in his career, second most in NCAA history (all divisions). He is a high motor, high effort player that constantly shows up on film. He does a great job sifting through the wash to find the ball carrier, and once there wraps up with the best of them.
Brent Crimes Award (Top DB)
School: U. of Indy
Korey has been one of the most rounded, consistent defensive backs in Division II all year. He has great coverage skills and recorded 12 passes broken up, he also came down with 7 interceptions.. He has prototypical size (5’11-186 lbs) and shows the recovery speed to make it at the next level.