Nov 21st, 2012 @ 10:21 am | Author: Football Sports Information
MADISON, S.D. – The Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Football All-Conference selections and post-season awards were announced Tuesday. Valley City State (N.D.) had landed eight selections to the A.I.I. All-Conference first team.

Senior quarterback Brandon Large of Dakota State (S.D.) was named the A.I.I. Offensive Most Valuable Player (MVP). Large led the Independent Conference with 262.1 passing yards per game for the Trojans. He recorded a completion rate of 58.4 percent. Large broke the DSU school record for most passing yards in a single season with 2,883 yards.

Aaron Freije of Valley City State (N.D.) and A.J. Downs of Jamestown (N.D.) both were selected as co-A.I.I. Defensive Most Valuable Player.
Freije, senior defensive lineman, led the Vikings with 96 tackles and recorded 7.5 quarterback sacks. He ranks 11th in the nation in sacks per game (0.8) and 15th in total quarterback sacks (8.0). Freije also ranks in the 'Top 30' in tackles per game (23rd), tackles for loss per game (25th) and total tackles for loss (29th).

Downs, senior cornerback for the Jimmies, amassed a total of 60 tackles (6.0 tackles per game). He recorded seven pass deflections this season.

Tommy Zinke of Valley City State was awarded the A.I.I. Most Valuable Senior award. As a senior quarterback for the Vikings, he accumulated a total of 4,233 passing yards during his four-year career. He threw a total of 42 touchdowns and averaged 146.0 passing yards for his career with a completion rate of 55.2 percent.

The A.I.I. coaches voted Dennis McCulloch of Valley City State for their Coach of the Year. He led the Vikings to a 7-3 overall record and a 4-1 record in the A.I.I. VCSU was ranked No. 24 in the final NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 poll, released on Nov. 11.

Postseason Honors

Awards: Hometown

Most Valuable Player Offensive:
Brandon Large (Senior-QB)-Dakota State (S.D.) Mesa, Ariz.

Co-Most Valuable Player Defensive:
Aaron Freije (Senior-DL)-Valley City State (N.D.) West Fargo, N.D.

Co-Most Valuable Player Defensive:
A.J. Downs (Senior-CB)-Jamestown (N.D.) Los Angeles, Calif.

Most Valuable Senior:
Tommy Zinke (Senior-QB)-Valley City State (N.D.) Rolla, N.D.

Coach of the Year:
Dennis McCulloch-Valley City State (N.D.) Milbank, S.D.

Below are the lists of A.I.I. All-Conference first-team and honorable mention
selections by each school:

2012 A.I.I. Football All-Conference First-Team

Valley City State (N.D.)

Position Name Height Weight Year Hometown
DL Aaron Freije 6'1' 250 Senior West Fargo, N.D.
DL Garrett Jackson 6'2' 233 Senior Fairbanks, Alaska
DB Jake Thurston 5'11' 206 Junior Bottineau, N.D.
Kicker Thomas Cortez 6'0' 177 Sophomore Haiku, Hawaii
TE Ken Eliacin 6'4' 240 Senior Miami, Fla.
RB Derek Elliott 6'1' 211 Junior Valley City, N.D.
OL George Trujillo 6'1' 270 Sophomore El Paso, Texas
QB Tommy Zinke 6'2' 214 Senior Rolla, N.D.

Dakota State (S.D.)

Position Name Height Weight Year Hometown
WR Stacey Berg 6'3' 185 Senior Winslow, Ariz.
LB Craig Hertz 6'2' 225 Senior Ocheyedan, Iowa
DE Blake Schlagel 6'4' 210 Senior Raymond, S.D.
DL Ronnie Jorgenson 6'2' 290 Junior Balaton, Minn.
OL Joey Wuolle 6'3' 275 Freshman Olympia, Wash.

Jamestown (N.D.)

Position Name Height Weight Year Hometown
CB A.J. Downs 5'10' 180 Senior Los Angeles, Calif.
RB Lance Johansen 5'11' 180 Senior Devils Lake, N.D.
NT Andrew Hammond 6'2' 296 Senior Lake St. Louis, Mo.
Punter Craig Anderson 6'1' 235 Senior Hartsville, S.C.
OT Mike Findlay 6'6' 280 Junior Tracy, Calif.
LB Reid Haagenson 6'1' 235 Senior Leeds, N.D.
SS C.J. Costello 6'0' 205 Senior Hanford, Calif.

Mayville State (N.D.)

Position Name Height Weight Year Hometown
LB Jacob Grosz 5'9' 185 Sophomore Barnesville, Minn.
DB Rashad Flanders 5'11' 185 Sophomore Miami, Fla.
OL Brandon Zahn 6'3' 300 Senior Waukesha, Wis.
DB Jason Holmes 5'10' 190 Freshman Orlando, Fla.
DB Dylan Midstokke 6'0' 175 Junior Peck, Idaho
RB Dominique Bradley 6'2' 185 Junior San Diego, Calif.

2012 A.I.I. Football All-Conference Honorable Mention Team

Valley City State (N.D.)

Position Name Height Weight Year Hometown
LB Alex Hooey 6'1' 229 Senior Fargo, N.D.
DB Troy Still 6'2' 190 Senior Camden, N.J.
OL Tom Grossell 6'1' 293 Senior Deer River, Minn.
OL Jordan Owen 6'1' 293 Senior St. Cloud, Minn.
TE Jake Miller 6'1' 208 Soph. Rolla, N.D.

Dakota State (S.D.)

Position Name Height Weight Year Hometown
TE Bobby Tisch 6'4' 210 Freshman New Ulm, Minn.
LB Eric Liles 6'0' 240 Senior Queen Creek, Ariz.
WR Carl Curtis 5'10' 190 Senior Mesa, Ariz.
DE Josh Licht 6'2' 245 Junior Estelline, S.D.
OL Zac Woods 6'3' 285 Sophomore Cherokee, Iowa

Jamestown (N.D.)

Position Name Height Weight Year Hometown
FS J.T. Petsch 6'4' 190 Junior Mesa, Ariz.
LB Kenny Anderson 5'11' 220 Senior Beaumont, Texas
OL Sean Emry 6'1' 285 Sophomore Las Vegas, Nev.
TE Derrick Dohmann 6'5' 235 Junior Spicer, Minn.
RB Matt Mithaugen 6'0' 205 Senior Fergus Falls, Minn.

Mayville State (N.D.)

Position Name Height Weight Year Hometown
LB Travis Ahlgren 6'1' 195 Sophomore Chugiak, Alaska
DB Josh Jeffries 5'10' 185 Junior Fairbanks, Alaska
OL Aaron Popple 6'4' 305 Junior West Bend, Wis.
WR Taylor Kunkel 6'1' 170 Junior Grangeville, Idaho
WR Dantrel Horne 6'3' 185 Fr. Miami, Fla.