BROOKFIELD, Ill. (Feb. 4, 2019) - Nine members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team were named to the 2018 Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Teams.
Senior defensive end Michael Wristen (Broomfield, Colo.) was the lone selection to the top team, as he was named Don Hansen All-Region First Team Defense.
Five gathered second team honors, as Mitchell Carter (So., K, Colorado Springs, Colo.), Preston Guerra (So., TE, Peoria, Ariz.), Brayton Medina (Sr., OL, Colorado Springs, Colo.), Brandon Payer (Sr., ILB, Pine, Colo.) and Darius Williams (Sr., CB, Gilbert, Ariz.) were all recognized.
Tannder Cuda (Sr., P, Castle Pines, Colo.), Tanner Draper (Jr., S, Amarillo, Texas) and Noor Shonogolo (Sr., OLB, Commerce City, Colo.) were selected to the third team.
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.
AFCA All-American First Team Defense ... D2Football.com All-American Second Team Defense ... 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.
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-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-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.
AP All-American First Team ... D2CCA All-American First Team ... D2Football.com All-American First Team Defense ... D2CCA All-Super Region Four First Team (2x, 2018, 2017) ... Don Hansen All-Region Second Team Defense ... RMAC Defensive Player of the Year ... All-RMAC First Team Defense (3x, 2018, 2017, 2016) ... All-NFFCC First Team Defense ... RMAC Academic Defensive Player of the Year ... Academic All-RMAC First Team (3x, 2018, 2017, 2016) ... Preseason RMAC Defense Player of the Year ... Preseason All-RMAC ... College Football America Preseason Starting Line-Up ... Led the team with 102 tackles (48 solo) ... Finished T-9th in the RMAC in tackles at the end of the regular season ... Finished with 20.0 TFL (-41 yards) ... Led the RMAC at the end of the regular season in TFL and ranked 11th in NCAA DII ... His four fumble recoveries ranks tied for 3rd in NCAA DII ... Added four break-ups, three forced fumbles and a two sacks (-8 yards) ... Named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 24 after 10 tackles, 3.5 TFL and a FR in the upset victory at then-No. 1 Texas A&M-Commerce.
Totaled 100 or more tackles in each of his last three seasons ... Closed his career with 377 tackles (198 solo) to hold the modern era (since 2008) record for career tackles, while he ranks second all-time ... Gathered 53.0 career tackles for loss to rank second all-time.
D2Football.com All-American First Team Defense ... 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.
Don Hansen All-Region Third Team Defense ... All-RMAC Second Team ... All-NFFCC Second Team Special Teams ... The ThunderWolves were first in Division II in net punting (40.34 yards) at the end of the regular season ... Was fourth nationally at the end of the regular season in punting average and finished the year with 42.6 yards per punt ... In 84 attempts, Cuda booted 18 punts more than 50 yards with his long settling at 70 yards (twice) ...Landed 33 punts inside the 20 and recorded seven touchbacks.
D2CCA All-Super Region Four Second Team ... Don Hansen All-Region Third Team Defense ... All-RMAC First Team Defense (2x, 2018, 2017) ... All-NFFCC Second Team Defemse ... Preseason All-RMAC ... Played in 12 and started seven games at safety ... Owned 59 tackles (30 solo) to sit fifth on the team ... Totaled seven pass break-ups and one interception (31-yard return) ... Added 2.5 tackles for loss (-3 yard) ... Blocked a field goal that was returned for a touchdown.
Don Hansen All-Region Third Team Defense ... All-RMAC First Team Defense ... All-NFFCC Second Team Defense ... Preseason All-RMAC ... Played in all 13 and started eight games at outside linebacker ... Gathered 48 tackles (17 solo) with 6.0 tackles for loss (-15 yards) ... Recovered a fumble, added a 1.5 sacks (-2 yards), brought in an interception and recorded a break-up.
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.