Dickinson State University Senior Offensive Lineman, Meyer Bohn, named to the 2015 AFCA-NAIA Coaches’ All-America First Team

Dickinson State University Senior Offensive Lineman, Meyer Bohn, named to the 2015 AFCA-NAIA Coaches’ All-America First Team

DICKINSON, ND- Dickinson State University Senior Offensive Lineman, Meyer Bohn, has been named to the 2015 AFCA-NAIA Coaches' All-America First Team, announced in a press release by the NAIA on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

In June of 2013, the NAIA Football Coaches Association and the National Administrative Council approved the addition of the NAIA-All-America Second Team to allow a greater number of deserving student-athletes to be recognized as All-Americans. The addition of a Second Team aligns the sport of football with the other 23 NAIA national championship sports. The 25-man squad is selected in the same fashion and by the same committee as the First Team. The First Team is the same as what is published by the AFCA and on AFCA.org.

"I am very honored and humbled to receive this award for myself and Dickinson State University," said Bohn. "My main motivation over the last few years has been the losing seasons we have had as a team. I wanted to better myself and the program and we proved this year what hard work and dedication can do for individuals and our program."

Meyer graduated from Bismarck Century High School in Bismarck, North Dakota. He received guidance from his high school football and wrestling coaches on where he should attend college and Dickinson State soon became his college of choice.

"When I was looking for a college to attend, my wrestling coach suggested Dickinson State because I would have the opportunity to play football and wrestle for the Blue Hawks," stated Bohn.

Along with playing four years for the Blue Hawk Football team, Meyer also spent four seasons on the wrestling mat for the Blue Hawks at heavy weight.

"Being a two sport athlete was difficult but it really helped me become a better football player. Wrestling helped me learn how to move guys that were bigger than me which carried over to the offensive line. I can't thank Coach O'Donnell and Coach Schlecht enough for how they helped me become a better wrestler but also a better football player," said Bohn.

During Meyer's time at Dickinson State University and a member of the Blue Hawk Football team, he has been a two time team captain while being named to the NSAA Conference 2nd Team in football in 2014 and NSAA 1st Team in 2015 as a senior.

"I would like to thank all of my football coaches here at DSU for all of their mentoring and dedication that has allowed me to become a better person and player over the last five years. From Coach Stanton who was my first position coach to Coach Biesiot who moved me to the offensive line to Coach Schillinger who took over the offensive line my sophomore year to Coach Miller who has been our offensive line coach for the past two years. These guys really helped me grow into the person I am today and I can't thank them enough," stated Meyer.

Bohn was also named the 2015 Homecoming King during halftime of the Homecoming game in a win over Waldorf College. Meyer is not only a tremendous football player but he is a great student as well maintaining a 3.8 GPA. Meyer will graduate in December from Dickinson State University and pursue Grad School at North Dakota State University in Environmental Science in the spring of 2016.

"Meyer epitomizes what we want of our players in the program," said DSU Head Football Coach Pete Stanton. "He is an honor student, captain and a great leader. He has persevered from linebacker to defensive line to our best offensive lineman. We are truly happy for and proud of Meyer for achieving this award."

Behind all of Meyer's academic and sport accolades, he is also a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes which has become a huge part of his life.

"I would like to thank all of my Christian Leaders, FCA Leaders and Pastors for all of their guidance throughout my life. My parents and grandparents have always been my biggest supporters and I thank them for pushing me to become the best person and individual I could become," stated Bohn.

Meyer is the first football player for Dickinson State University in quite a while to receive an award of this caliber.

"We are very excited for Meyer for receiving this prestigious award," said DSU Offensive Coordinator Jace Schillinger. "As a player his attitude and determination speaks volumes but he is an even better person. In my mind, the person he is and the way he led our team this year shows why he deserved this award." 

2015 AFCA-NAIA Coaches' All-America First Team

Offense          
Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. School Hometown
WR Krishawn Hogan 6-4 210 Jr. Marian (Ind.) Indianapolis, Ind.
WR Clarence Clark 5-10 185 So. Baker (Kan.) Phoenix, Ariz.
WR Rob Lockhart 6-1 185 Sr. Faulkner (Ala.) Delray Beach, Fla.
OL Jeff Lindenmoyer 6-4 285 Sr. Ave Maria (Fla.) St. Johns, Fla.
OL Hea Tuifua 5-10 240 Jr. William Penn (Iowa) Salt Lake City, Utah
OL Josh James 6-6 315 Sr. Carroll (Mont.) Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
OL Gus Hancock 6-3 280 Sr. Saint Francis (Ind.) Spencer, Ind.
OL Meyer Bohn 6-2 265 Sr. Dickinson State (N.D.) Bismarck, N.D.
QB Ryan Kasdorf 6-1 215 Sr. Morningside (Iowa) Newhall, Calif.
RB Nolan Saraceni 5-10 195 Jr. Montana Tech Billings, Mont.
RB Quan Weaver 5-11 200 So. Pikeville (Ky.) Frankfort, Ky.
             
Defense          
Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. School Hometown
DL D'Vonn Brown 6-4 260 Jr. SAGU (Texas) Houston, Texas
DL Mike Erpelding 6-2 210 Sr. Grand View (Iowa) Algona, Iowa
DL Dylan Delk 6-3 220 Sr. Tabor (Kan.) Peabody, Kan.
DL Sam Van Ginkel 6-5 241 Jr. Northwestern (Iowa) Rocky Valley, Iowa
LB Aaron Cooper 6-4 233 Jr. Kentucky Christian Mayfield, Ky.
LB Ben Kullos 5-9 210 Sr. Dakota State (S.D.) Peoria, Ariz.
LB Alden Mann 5-10 200 Jr. Wayland Baptist (Texas) Wimberly, Texas
DB AJ Wilson 6-1 240 Sr. Montana Western Helena, Mont.
DB Adam Sauder* 6-3 220 Sr. Taylor (Ind.) Grabill, Ind.
DB Nate Moore 5-9 170 Jr. College of Idaho Meridian, Idaho
DB Julius Rucker 6-2 200 Jr. Southern Oregon Portland, Ore.
             
Specialists          
Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. School Hometown
P David Strickland* 6-0 228 Sr. Point (Ga.) Opelika, Ala.
K Matt Cotiguala 6-2 180 Sr. St. Ambrose (Iowa) Orland Park, Ill.
AP Stephen Simms 5-8 175 Jr. Saint Xavier (Ill.) Valparaiso, Ind.


2015 NAIA Coaches' All-America Second Team

Offense          
Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. School Hometown
WR Christian Hack 6-0 181 Jr. Benedictine (Kan.) El Paso, Texas
WR Andre McCullouch 6-0 202 Sr. Rocky Mountain (Mont.) Riverside, Calif.
WR Jace Billingsley 5-9 190 Sr. Eastern Oregon Winnemucca, Nev.
OL Mitch Butterfield 6-1 270 So. Friends (Kan.) Wichita, Kan.
OL Macander Dieudonne 6-2 260 Sr. Webber International (Fla.) Fort Pierce, Fla.
OL Jess Croley 5-11 286 Sr. Tabor (Kan.) Wylie, Texas
OL Zavon Moore 6-1 290 Sr. Missouri Valley Kansas City, Mo.
OL Joe Brummer 6-2 275 Sr. Morningside (Iowa) Harlan, Iowa
QB Jacob Russell 6-4 240 Sr. Campbellsville (Ky.) Lawrenceburg, Ky.
RB Nate Meier 5-11 203 Jr. Doane (Neb.) Pierce, Neb.
RB Niagel Curtis 5-9 205 Sr. Reinhardt (Ga.) Adairsville, Ga.
             
Defense          
Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. School Hometown
DL Trey Barnes 6-1 245 Jr. Concordia (Neb.) Seward, Neb.
DL Tim Smith 6-3 245 Jr. St. Francis (Ill.) Oregon, Ill.
DL Zach Lanning 6-3 262 Jr. Ottawa (Kan.) McPherson, Kan.
DL Derrick Lawrence 6-2 255 Sr. Tabor (Kan.) Houston, Texas
LB Tucker Pauley 5-10 200 Sr. Baker (Kan.) Grain Valley, Mo.
LB Eric Walker 5-11 225 Sr. Southwestern (Kan.) Ashburn, Ga.
LB Brady Bonte 6-2 220 Sr. Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) Garretson, S.D.
LB Ryan Hartnett 5-10 225 Sr. Marian (Ind.) Miami, Fla.
DB Carl Morgan 6-0 180 So. SAGU (Texas) Shreveport, La.
DB Robert Lewis 6-0 180 Sr. Grand View (Iowa) Hewitt, Texas
DB Justin Wohlert 5-9 180 Sr. Northwestern (Iowa) Hartley, Iowa
             
Specialists          
Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. School Hometown
P Eddie Juarez 5-8 165 Jr. Sterling (Kan.) Pleasant Hill, Calif.
K Evan Connolly 6-3 190 Sr. Rocky Mountain (Mont.) Waterford, Ireland
AP Wendall Williams 5-10 175 Sr. Cumberlands (Ky.) Syracuse, N.Y.

 

*-2014 AFCA NAIA All-American
%-2014 NAIA Second Team All-American