Nov 8th, 2006 @ 4:20 pm | Author: Vikings Sports News
Valley City State University placed five players on the Dakota Athletic Conference first team while nine others received honors.
Joe Maresh, Chauncey Calhoun, Ryan Drinkwater, Justin Folk and Brad Elliott were named to the first team.
Maresh, a senior defensive end from Glencoe, MN was named for the second straight year while being named the DAC defensive player of the week twice during the season. Maresh broke the VCSU career record for tackles for loss with 45.5 during his three years as a starter. He also record 23 sacks during that time including 10.5 this season.
Calhoun showed his versatility for the Vikings during the 2006 season. The sophomore was named to the DAC first team as a defensive back where he registered 45 tackles, broke up 11 passes and picked off four passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns. The 193 return yards set a single season VCSU record and gives him 335 interception returns yards for his career, also a school record. His 81 yard return against Dakota State broke the record for longest interception return in school history. Coincidentally, his 80 yard return for a touchdown earlier in the game set the previous record. Calhoun also displayed skills at the wide receiver position, catching 21 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns in limited duty.
Drinkwater, a senior running back from Kansas City, MO led the Vikings in rushing with 741 yards, eclipsing the 1,000 yard barrier in his two years with the Vikings and placed him second in the league in rushing despite missing a game. Drinkwater led the DAC in scoring with 10 touchdowns on the year.
Folk, a senior receiver from Milbank, SD led the DAC in receptions with 57, a total that ranks number two in VCSU history, only behind Tyler Schlecht's 61 in 1987.
Elliott, an all purpose wide receiver/punt returner/kick returner from Valley City was named the DAC 1st team kick returner. Elliott's averaged 24 yards per kick return and 14 yards per punt return while amassing 976 yards in all purpose yards for the season.
Jason Beilke, Ben Picard, Dustin Brandt, Tony Jenkins and Quentin Sterling were named to the DAC's second team.
Beilke, a sophomore quarterback from Valley City led the DAC in passing and total offense in his first season at the helm of the Vikings offense. Beilke completed 174 of 335 passes for 1893 yards and 11 touchdowns on the year.
Beilke's time to pass was in large part due to Picard and Brandt. Picard, a junior center from Williston, ND and Brandt a sophomore from Newburg, were key pieces to the Vikings offense that led the DAC in total offense with over 300 yards a game and allowing a league low seven quarterback sacks for the season.
Jenkins, a junior defensive end from Clark, SD teamed up nicely with Maresh to give the Vikings defense formidable bookends to their front line. He finished the season with 49 tackles, seven for loss and three quarterback sacks while also picking off a pass and defending two others.
Sterling, a sophomore linebacker from Killeen, TX led the DAC in tackles from his spot in the middle of the Vikings defense. Sterling had 107 tackles including 14 tackles for loss and five quarterback sacks while missing a game due to injury.
Also named as honorable mention were Chris Reid, Eric Spooner, Brian Wieland and Mike Hollett.
Reid, a senior from Chicago, IL and Spooner, a senior from Tappen anchored the middle of the Vikings success along the defensive line. Reid registered 46 tackles including 6.5 tackles for loss while Spooner record 23 tackles and 1 sack.
Wieland, a senior linebacker from Dazey, was second to Sterling in tackles with 58 with 13.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. Wieland also had two interceptions for 43 yards and two fumble recoveries for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Hollett, a junior offensive tackle from North Pole, AK started all 10 games for the Vikings, coming back from major off-season surgery.