Christian leads MSU contingent of four on D2CCA All-America squad

Senior safety Marqui Christian earned first-team honors to headline a group of four Midwestern State players to earn D2CCA All-America honors as released Tuesday by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America.
Seniors Alfredo Moreno, Daniel Laudermilk and Dominique Rouse also garnered second-team honors.
It's another in a growing list of accolades for Christian, who closed his MSU career as the program's all-time tackle leader with 295 and is projected for selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Christian gained AFCA Division II All-America honors earlier this month and was three-time All-Lone Star Conference first-team performer. The 6-1, 205-pounder from Spring was also a D2CCA All-Super Region Four first-team pick this season after taking second-team honors in 2014.
The Spring, Texas native enjoyed a banner season as a senior making 95 tackles on his way to earning J.V. Sikes/LSC Defensive Player of the Year honors and was also named the league's top defensive back.
Christian is the first defensive back in MSU history to gain first-team All-America mention for his work on defense and the second since Henry Johnson gained Hansen's Football Gazette first-team All-America honors as a return man.

Moreno, a senior from Phoenix, started at three different positions on an offensive that allowed 10 sacks in 11 games to earn second-team All-America honors.
The 6-2, 285-pounder is just the fourth MSU offensive lineman to gain D2CCA All-America accolades joining Tony Burson -- a second-teamer in 2006 and 2007, Amini Silatolu -- a second-teamer in 2010 and first-teamer in 2011, and Ken Van Huele -- a second-teamer in 2012.
Moreno became the fourth MSU offensive lineman to earn LSC Lineman of the Year honors since the start of the 2010 season.

Laudermilk posted a team-high 99 tackles which were the most for an MSU player since Cornelius Cooper had 100 in 2004 to also earn second-team honors.
The Austin native was the LSC Linebacker of the Year and a first-team selection after posting highs of 20 tackles against Eastern New Mexico and 18 at Colorado Mesa this season.
Laudermilk closes his career ranked fourth on MSU's all-time tackle list with 261.

Rouse enjoyed a breakout campaign as a senior finishing the year with 49 tackles from his boundary cornerback position as a second-team All-America selection.
The Apopka, Fla. native and transfer from Eastern Michigan ranked second in the LSC with 15 passes defensed posting two interceptions to also earn first-team All-Lone Star Conference honors.

The four All-America selections are the most in Midwestern State program history. The Mustangs also produced multiple All-Americans in 2007 with Daniel Polk earning first-team honors at quarterback while Burson was a second-team at center.

Midwestern State completed its 16th consecutive winning season while matching the school record with 10 wins in 2016. The Mustangs advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the sixth time -- all during the Bill Maskill era.
The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.

                                                                  D2CCA All-Super Region Four Team

                                                                    Offensive Player of the Year
                                                                Jason Vander Laan (QB), Ferris State

                                                                    Defensive Player of the Year
                                                                Matt Judon (DL), Grand Valley State

                                                        First Team Offense

TECole SpurgeonColorado MesaSr.6-3235Gretna, Neb.
OLCory TuckerSlippery RockSr.6-4305South Park, Pa.
OLJim WalshGrand Valley StateSr.6-5310Howell, Mich.
OLShane SmithNorthwest Missouri StateSr.6-4297Shelbina, Mo.
OLZach MartinezColorado State-PuebloSr.6-6293Redlands, Calif.
OLJoe RayLenoir-RhyneSr.6-1270Atlanta, Ga.
WRJon SchnaarsEast StroudsburgSr.6-3210Harrisburg, Pa.
WRReece HornIndianapolisSr.6-3215Carmel, Ind.
QBJason Vander LaanFerris StateSr.6-4244Frankfort, Ill.
RBJa'Quan GardnerHumboldt StateSo.5-7190Ceres,  Calif.
RBCameron McDondleColorado State-PuebloSr.5-7202Littleton, Colo.
RSD.J. JonesSouthwestern OklahomaJr.5-7155Oakland, Calif.
PKCole TracyAssumptionSo.6-0185Camarillo, Calif.

                                                 First Team Defense

DLMatt JudonGrand Valley StateSr.6-4255West Bloomfield, Mich.
DLJoshua GordonMinnesota State-MankatoSr.6-2255Milwaukee, Wisc.
DLMorgan FoxColorado State-PuebloSr.6-4259Fountain, Colo.
LBConnor HarrisLindenwood (Mo.)Jr.6-0243Lee's Summit, Mo.
LBBrock LongFort Hays StateSr.5-11210Assaria, Kan.
LBJewell RatliffTuskegeeSr.6-1238New Orleans, La.
LBMarquez GollmanGrand Valley StateJr.5-11190Ypsilanti, Mich.
SKevin BergNorthwest Missouri StateJr.5-11184Kansas City, Mo.
SMarqui ChristianMidwestern StateSr.6-1205Spring, Texas
CBSolomon St. PierreSioux FallsSr.5-11178Wagner, S.D.
CBMichael JordanMissouri Western StateSr.6-0200Hazelwood, Mo.
PMatt KlinglerLindenwood (Mo.)Sr.6-1235St. Louis, Mo.

 Team Offense

TEDaree' GoodwinWest LibertySr.6-4235Wheeling, W. Va.
OLHerschel PraterMinnesota State-MankatoSr.6-6325Ferguson, Mo.
OLOrion Awa-DuboseWest GeorgiaSr.6-1294Oxnard, Calif.
OLAlex CappaHumboldt StateSo.6-7285Dublin, Calif.
OLAlfredo MorenoMidwestern StateSr.6-2285Phoenix, Ariz.
OLChris ReaperFindlaySr.6-3281Toledo, Ohio
WRJameson ParsonsSt. Cloud StateJr.6-2201Eagan, Minn.
WRXavier AyersWestern New MexicoJr.5-11160Albuquerque, N.M.
QBBrent WilsonEmporia StateSr.6-0194Ponca City, Okla.
RBAustin EkelerWestern State ColoradoJr.5-9198Eaton, Colo.
RBDamian BakerCarson-NewmanSr.5-8195Columbus, Miss.
RSSheldon MayerShippensburgSr.5-7170Norristown, Pa.
PKBrent WahleOhio DominicanSr.6-2175Pataskala, Ohio

                                            Second Team Defense

DLJustin ZimmerFerris StateSr.6-3292Greenville, Mich.
DLMarcus MartinSlippery RockSo.6-3245West Mifflin, Pa.
DLCollin BevinsNorthwest Missouri StateJr.6-6286Creston, Iowa
LBD'Gary WallaceUrbanaSr.6-0210Dayton, Ohio
LBDaniel LaudermilkMidwestern StateSr.6-1226Austin, Texas
LBKyle KitchensCatawbaSo.6-2205Decatur, Ga.
LBTeven WilliamsSlippery RockSr.5-11220Huber Heights, Ohio
SAntion McBeeSouthwest BaptistSr.6-2210St. Louis, Mo.
SFloyd JonesNorth AlabamaSr.6-0217Town Creek, Ala.
CBDustin RivasColorado MesaSo.5-11180Thornton, Colo.
CBDominique RouseMidwestern StateSr.5-10180Apopka, Fla..
PDakota SwinehartWestern State ColoradoSr.5-10207Taos, N.M.