BROOKFIELD, Ill. (Feb. 5, 2019) - Five members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team were named 2018 Don Hansen All-American Honorable Mention.
Named honorable mention All-Americans were Mitchell Carter (So., K, Colorado Springs, Colo.), Preston Guerra (So., TE, Peoria, Ariz.), Brayton Medina (Sr., OL, Colorado Springs, Colo.), Darius Williams (Sr., CB, Gilbert, Ariz.) and Michael Wristen (Sr., DE, Broomfield, Colo.).
Williams is a two-time All-American from the publication as he earned second team laurels in 2017. The honor is the first of the careers for Carter, Guerra and Medina. Wristen, as well as, Williams, have earned an All-American nod from other organizations this offseason.
The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen's Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.
Don Hansen All-American Honorable Mention ... Don Hansen All-Region Second Team Offense ... All-RMAC Second Team ... All-NFFCC Second Team Special Teams ... RMAC Special Teams Player of the Week twice (Sept, 24 and Oct. 15) ... 2018 Finalist for the Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award ... Went 57-for-58 this season on extra point attempts ... Was 19-for-28 on field goal attempts (67.9%) ... Carter led the RMAC in field goals made, while his 1.5 FG per game is 5th nationally ... With 114 points, Carter was 1st among RMAC kickers and ranks 3rd overall in the conference and 13th nationally in scoring ... Was is 8-for-8 from 29 yards and in and 17-for-21 from 39 yards and closer ... Connected on a career-long 50-yard field goal at Colorado Mesa ... Ranked as 2nd longest in the RMAC this season and top 20 in NCAA Division II in 2018 ... It was the first made 50-plus yard field goal for the Pack since 2013.
Don Hansen All-American Honorable Mention ... Don Hansen All-Region Second Team Offense ... All-RMAC First Team Offense ... All-NFFCC First Team Offense... RMAC Summit Award Winner ... Academic All-RMAC Honor Roll ... Played in all 13 and started nine games at tight end ... Utilized as an extension of the offensive line, has helped the Pack produce the No. 14 rushing offense in the nation at 268.6 yards per game at the end of the regular season ... The offense recorded 38.8 points per game to sit 19th in the nation at the end of the regular season ... CSU-Pueblo ranked third in the conference in least sacks allowed (1.82 sapg) ... He added to the run game with 89 yards on 18 attempts and two touchdowns out of the wildcat formation ... Had five receptions for 53 yards.
Don Hansen All-American Honorable Mention ... Don Hansen All-Region Second Team Offense ... All-RMAC First Team Offense ... All-NFFCC First Team Offense ... Started all 13 games at left tackle ... Helped the Pack produce the No. 14 rushing offense in the nation at 268.6 yards per game during the regular season ... Four different running backs finished with 300 or more rushing yards this season ... The offense recorded 38.8 points per game to sit 19th in the nation through 11 games ... CSU-Pueblo ranked third in the conference in least sacks allowed (1.82 sapg) at the end of the regular season.
D2Football.com All-American First Team Defense ... Don Hansen All-American Honorable Mention ... Don Hanson All-Super Region Four Second Team Defense ... All-RMAC First Team Defense ... All-NFFCC First Team Defense ... Preseason All-RMAC ... NFFCC Player of the Week after a pick six and a fumble recovery in the playoff win at Mines ... Selected to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl ... Played in all 13 and started 12 games at corner ... Collected 51 tackles with 30 solo efforts to rank tied for fourth on the team ... Brought in all three interceptions during the postseason ... Recorded 11 pass break-ups to sit second on the team ... Gathered nine tackles for loss (-43 yards) with three sacks (-23 yards) ... Forced one fumble and recovered one fumble ... Took a lateral from a recovered blocked field goal attempt 68 yards to the end zone in the season-opener against Dixie State (Sept. 1).
Brought in 17 career interceptions to rank tied for second all-time at CSU-Pueblo ... Totaled five interception returns for a touchdown, including at least one in each of his four seasons ... Also an All-American as a junior.
AFCA All-American First Team Defense ... D2Football.com All-American Second Team Defense ... Don Hansen All-American Honorable Mention ... D2CCA All-Super Region Four Second Team ... Don Hansen All-Region First Team Defense ... All-RMAC First Team Defense ... All-NFFCC First Team Defense ... Preseason All-RMAC ... Started all 13 games at defensive end ... Closed the season with 61 tackles (26 solo) ... With 18.0 tackles for loss (-73 yards) was third on the team ... Tied for the team and RMAC lead in sacks at the end of the regular season and finished the year with 10.0 sacks (-55 yards) ... Added two pass break-ups and a recovered a fumble ... Blocked a kick on special teams.
Played defensive end for just two seasons and closed his career with 13.5 sacks to rank sixth all-time at CSU-Pueblo.
THE 2018 THUNDERWOLVES
The ThunderWolves went 11-2 overall and were ranked No. 10 after the regular season where they went 10-1 with a 9-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference record. The Pack shared the 2018 RMAC Championship with Colorado School of Mines to claim their seventh title in the last eight years and the program's eighth overall conference championship. CSU-Pueblo advanced to the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the sixth time since 2011 and avenged its only loss of the regular season with a 37-17 first round victory at Mines. The ThunderWolves then traveled to Minnesota State University, Mankato for a postseason meeting with the No. 1 Mavericks for the second straight year. The Pack suffered a 24-10 setback to end their season. CSU-Pueblo was ranked No. 7 in the final D2Football.com poll and No. 8 in the American Football Coaches Association rankings.