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Three state players make AP Little All-America team

  • Article by: RALPH D. RUSSO
  • Associated Press
  • December 13, 2012 - 5:27 PM

Offensive linemen Curtis James of St. Thomas and Garth Heikkenen of Minnesota-Duluth, and defensive back Jack Moro of St. Cloud State have been named to the Associated Press Little All-America team.

The team is comprised of players from NCAA Division II and Division III, and NAIA schools.

James, from Edina, switched from guard to center this year and will be playing Friday night in the Division III title game against Mount Union.

Heikkenen is a 315-pound senior who graduated from Duluth Central High School and was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs. Moro, junior from Brookfield, Wis., led Division II with 11 interceptions.

Shippensburg quarterback Zach Zulli and Bloomsburg running back Franklyn Quiteh used guady statistics to make the team.

Zulli tied a Division II record with 54 touchdowns passes, set a record for TDs responsible for with 56 and threw for 4,747 yards.

Quiteh, a Little All-American in 2010 as a freshman, went over 2,000 yards rushing for the second time in his career. He leads Division II in rushing at 176.8 yards per game and has scored 24 touchdowns.

Michael Hill of St. Joseph, Mo., another Harlon Hill Trophy finalist as the top player in Division II, and the second-leading rusher in D-II behind Quiteh, was selected to the first-team. Hill averages 154.9 yards rushing.

Mount St. Joseph running back James Clay, who leads Division III with 212 yards per game, also was a first-team selection.

The Little All-American receivers are Jeff Janis from Saginaw Valley and Isaiah Voegeli from Merrimack. Janis caught 106 passes for 1,635 yards and 17 touchdowns. Voegeli leads Division II with 150 yards receiving per game.

The Little All-American offensive line is led by Ryan Schraeder from Valdosta State. He and the Blazers will Winston-Salem on Saturday in Florence, Ala.

James of St. Thomas, Minn., which plays Mount Union on Saturday for the Division III championship, was also picked for the offensive line.

The other offensive linemen selected to the first team were: Heikkinen of Minnesota-Duluth; Manase Foketi of West Texas A&M and Mark Jackson of Glenville State.

Pittsburg State receiver/kick returner John Brown was selected as an all-purpose player.

The kicker was Sergio Castillo of West Texas A&M.

The defense was highlighted by Missouri Southern tackle Brandon Williams. The 325-pound senior is an NFL prospect who has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl.

Ethan Westbrooks of West Texas A&M has 19.5 sacks to lead Division II. B.J. Stevens of California, Pa., leads D-II with 1.32 sacks per game. D.J. Chappell of Division III Huntingdon completes the defensive line.

The linebackers are Corey Johnson of Catawba, Leron Furr of Fort Valley State and Ronnell Williams of West Chester.

Defensive back Rontez Miles of gave California, Pa., two players on the first-team defense. Trelan Taylor of Chadron State is tied for second with eight picks.

Nick Driskill of Mount Union rounds out the secondary.

Taylor Accardi of Colorado Mines is the punter. He averages 51 yards per kick.

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