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Didier and Talge Climb
the Peak of All-American Honors!
Didier and Talge were two of only three MIAC players to be placed on the AP Little All-American Team. Gustavus' Isaac Sieling (Sr., Watertown, Minn.) was named to the AP Little All-American First Team as a linebacker.
Both players helped Concordia to one of the best seasons in program history. The 2004 Cobbers finished the MIAC unbeaten with a record of 8-0, winning their first outright championship since the 1986 season. Concordia tied a school record for most wins and most consecutive wins in a season en route to their appearance in the round of 16 in the NCAA Division III playoffs. The Cobbers won 11 straight games and finished the year with an 11-1 record.
For Didier, his selection comes days after being named to the AFCA All-American First Team. He was also named to the Football Gazette All-American First Team. He is most celebrated offensive lineman in the history of Concordia football. He was one of only five Concordia players to be selected to play in the Aztec Bowl, which pits an NCAA Division III All-Star Team against a team of college All-Stars from Mexico. He was also only the fourth player in program history to win the MIAC's Stam Award, which is given to the league's Most Outstanding Lineman.
Didier completed his MIAC career by being named to the MIAC All-Conference First Team for the second straight year. He was one of the five co-captains for the Cobbers and was the leader of the offensive line that helped Concordia lead the league in total offense, scoring and pass efficiency and finish second in rushing.
Talge earns the award after being named to the Football Gazette All-American First Team. His other major award for the season was being named as one of the finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy. The Gagliardi Trophy is awarded to the top player in NCAA Division III. Talge was also named the All-West Region Defensive Player of the Year by the Football Gazette and earned All-West Region First Team Honors. Talge completed the MIAC season by being named to the MIAC All-Conference First Team.
Off the field, Talge was honored as one of the top student/athletes in Division III by being named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team as selected by CoSIDA.
Linfield quarterback Blake Elliott who threw for an NCAA record 59 touchdowns this season leads the list of AP Little All-American honorees. Elliott, who transferred from Utah to the tiny Division III school in Oregon after losing his job to Heisman finalist Alex Smith, was joined on the first-team by Fort Valley State's Derrick Wimbush. The senior running back ran for 1,840 yards and was a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the top player in Division II.
Colorado School of Mines quarterback Chad Friehauf won the Harlon Hill last week after throwing 4,646 yards and 39 touchdowns to lead the Miners to their first playoff win and a 12-1 record. But he had to settle for second-team Little All-American because of Elliott.
The junior from Lake Oswego, Ore., has passed for 4,313 yards with just nine interceptions, guiding Linfield (12-0) to an appearance in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va.. The Wildcats play Mary Hardin-Baylor (13-1) for the D-III national title Saturday.
Mary Hardin-Baylor placed two players on the three AP All-America teams -- offensive lineman Jeff Oliver was selected to the second team and his linemate, Matt Bush, is a third-teamer.
Wooster running back Tony Sutton, who leads Division III with 2,240 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns, made the first team for the second straight season as did Ferris State linebacker Kevin Myers.
Pittsburg State offensive lineman Nathan Baker leads the first-team offensive line. He's joined by Didier; Scott Blum of Rowan; Joe Berger of Michigan Tech; and Todd Herremans of Saginaw Valley State.
The receivers are Winona State's Chris Samp and Bentley's Dallas Mall, and Leonard Weaver of Carson-Newman is the All-American tight end.
Jamaica Rector, a receiver from Northwest Missouri State, was selected to the first team as an all-purpose player.
Kicker Will Rhody from Valdosta State was one of two players selected from the Division II champions. The other was offensive lineman Torrey Howard, who made the third-team.
The Blazers beat Pittsburg State in last week's D-II title game. The Gorillas had one player on each of the three All-America teams, with Baker on the first, running back Germaine Race on the second team and defensive lineman Ryan Meredith on the third team.
Joining Myers on the first-team defense are linemen Kendrick Triplett of North Alabama; Keyonta Marshall of Grand Valley State; Justin Brown of East Central; and Jason Trusnik of Ohio Northern.
Charles Roberts of Fayetteville State (N.C.) and Sieling of Gustavus Adolphus are the other linebackers.
The defensive backs are Frank Pilato of Washington & Jefferson; Matt Crispell of East Stroudsburg; Walt Williams of Fayetteville State; and Martell Foster of Northwood.
Jeff Williams of Adams State
is the punter after averaging 48 yards, best in the nation.
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Don Hansen's DIII Gazette