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
|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.|
|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.|
|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
|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.|
|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|
|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