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Football - Tue, Nov. 19, 2013

Conference post-season honors were handed out on Tuesday morning for football with 15 Tigers named to the All-GPAC list.  Doane placed three on the First Team, three on the Second Team and nine earned honorable mention status.

Repeat selections to the All-GPAC First Team were Dillon Carmichael and Jeremy Wallace.  Also named to the team was JerSean Walder.

Carmichael, a senior from Loomis, helped anchor the Tiger offensive line once again.  The line helped the Tigers to 202.3 yards rushing per game, 20th in the NAIA.  The Tigers averaged 350.1 yards per game in total offense, 26th in the NAIA.

Wallace, a senior from Omaha, led the defense from his linebacker position.  He ranked 7th in the NAIA in sacks per game (0.9) and recorded nine on the season.  He was in on 12.5 tackles for loss, had five pass break ups and two forced fumbles.  He also led the team with 86 total tackles.

Walder, a junior from Allen, Texas, paced the Tiger secondary and recorded six interceptions, 7th most in the NAIA.  He also had four touchdowns on defense and special teams this year with two interception returns, one blocked punt return and a fumble recovery for a score.  He earned NAIA National Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors after the win at Hastings.

Second Team All-GPAC honors went to John Tatum and Joe Vetrovsky on offense and Kam Lenhart on defense.

Tatum, a senior from Lincoln, played a key role for the Tigers at tight end serving both as a blocker and a receiver during the year.  Tatum finished with 12 receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

Vetrovsky, a senior from McCook, was a three-year starter on the offensive line.  He held the duties at center, working with two different quarterbacks in the ten games.

Lenhart, a senior from Central City, was second on the team in tackles with 75.  He had 8.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.  Also from his linebacker position, he had two interceptions, three pass break-ups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Tigers earning honorable mention honors on offense were Kenneth Boggs, Blake Bunner, Nate Meier, Jordan Pedersen and Phil Thramer.  On the defensive side, Garrett Borcher, Brett Eyer, Rob Keeney and Alex Thatch were recognized.

Boggs, junior from Los Angeles, California, led the Tigers in rushing despite missing the final four games with an injury.  He rushed for 484 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 5.1 yards per carry and 80.7 yards per game.

Bunner, a sophomore from Blue Hill, was in his first season start at a guard position on the offensive line.  The offensive line limited opponents to 13 sacks on the season, 12th fewest in the NAIA.

Meier, a freshman from Pierce, rushed for 431 yards in nine games this season and led the team with six touchdowns.  He averaged 5.2 yards per carry and added seven receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns.

Pedersen, a sophomore from Crete, led the team in scoring with 62 points.  He made eight field goals on the year, third most in the GPAC, and earned NAIA National Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors after a win over Northwestern.

Thramer, a senior from Ewing, had the task of converting to another position again this year.  He made the full-circle return back to quarterback, a position he entered Doane at.  Over the last two years he served as a kicker and wide receiver.  He completed 60 passes for 740 yards and seven touchdowns and also ran for 337 yards and two touchdowns.

Borcher, a sophomore from Pawnee City, posted 49 total tackles at linebacker and 5.5 tackles for loss.  He had one interception and one forced fumble on the season.  The Tiger defense limited opponents to 118.4 yards rushing, 10th best in the NAIA.

Eyer, a senior from Littleton, Colorado, averaged 39.9 yards per punt for the Tigers this season.  He placed 12 of his 52 kicks inside the 20 and had six punts for 50 or more yards including a long of 74.

Keeney, a senior from Callaway, was third on the team from his linebacker spot with 64 tackles and added five tackles for loss.  He had one interception, three pass break-ups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Thatch, a sophomore from Denver, Colorado, rounds out the five linebackers to earn recognition for the Tigers.  He posted 43 total tackles which included 4.0 for loss and one sack.  He had one interception and seven pass break-ups while also recovering two fumbles.

Doane finished the year at 5-5 overall and 5-4 in the GPAC.