Tauave & Boschee named 2016 AFCA-NAIA All-Americans

Tauave & Boschee named 2016 AFCA-NAIA All-Americans

WACO, TEXAS — Dickinson State University Football senior Noey Tauave and sophomore Cain Boschee have been named to the 2016 AFCA-NAIA Coaches' All-America Team announced today by the American Football Coaches Association.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. Beginning this year, the AFCA has started selecting a first and second team. 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.

Tauave has earned NAIA Football 1st Team Defense All-American status following a great senior campaign for the Blue Hawks who finished 9-3 overall after winning the NSAA championship and reaching the NAIA playoffs for the second straight year. Noey finished the season playing all 12 games, recording 77 tackles with 17 tackles for loss for 51.5 yards. Tauave also tallied five sacks for 29.5 yards. Noey finished the season ranked #25 in the NAIA in total tackles for loss and #33 in tackles for loss per game with 1.4. Tauave is a senior defensive lineman from Sacramento, CA.

"Noey is a special player," stated DSU Head Football Coach Pete Stanton. "He was so valuable for us as a leader of our defense. He made play after play all season long. Most importantly Noey is an incredible leader and teammate. He is respected and loved by his fellow players. We are very proud of him."

Boschee earned NAIA Football 2nd Team Defense All-American status after playing in all 12 games for the Blue Hawks at Safety. Cain recorded 54 tackles in 2016 and recorded nine interceptions for 220 yards. Boschee also returned four of his nine interceptions back for Blue Hawk touchdowns. Cain ranks #1 in the NAIA in interceptions per game with .8, ranks #2 in total interceptions and #19 on passes defended per game with 1.3. Cain is a sophomore from Kalispell, MT and has recorded 15 interceptions in two years with the Blue Hawks. Boschee was one of three sophomores chosen to the NAIA All-American teams.

"Cain had an unbelievable year," said Stanton. "He led the nation in interceptions and returned four of them for touchdowns. He has incredible ball instincts and athleticism. Most importantly he is a great person, student, and teammate. We are fortunate that he will have 2 more years as a Blue Hawk."

Selection Process: The AFCA's NAIA All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA's seven districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee. The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts prior to a conference call between the district chairmen and the committee chairman on which the team is chosen.

2016 AFCA-NAIA Coaches' All-America Team - First Team
Offense

Pos.

Name

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

School

Hometown (High School)

QB

Logan Brettell

6-0

190

Jr.

Baker (Kan.)

Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley)

RB

*Nolan Saraceni

5-10

200

Sr.

Montana Tech

Billings, Mont. (Billings Senior)

RB

Bryce Lidtka

5-10

190

Jr.

Dordt (Iowa)

Grinnell, Iowa (Grinnell)

WR

*Krishawn Hogan

6-4

215

Sr.

Marian (Ind.)

Indianapolis, Ind. (Warren Central)

WR

TJ Brown

6-0

170

Sr.

Sterling (Kan.)

Stockton, Calif. (East Union)

TE

Seth Coate

6-3

215

Sr.

Saint Francis (Ind.)

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Homestead)

OL

Blake Frank

6-3

285

Sr.

Morningside (Iowa)

Mapleton, Minn. (Maple River)

OL

Mitch Butterfield

6-1

270

Jr.

Friends (Kan.)

Wichita, Kan. (Maize South)

OL

Xavier Carter

5-11

240

Jr.

Reinhardt (Ga.)

Snellville, Ga. (Shiloh)

OL

Justin Hunter

6-2

305

Jr.

Saint Xavier (Ill.)

Crest Hill, Ill. (Joliet Catholic Academy)

OL

Dajshon Oliver

6-5

305

Jr.

Warner (Fla.)

Tampa, Fla. (Chamberlain)


Defense

Pos.

Name

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

School

Hometown (High School)

DL

*Sam Van Ginkel

6-5

245

Sr.

Northwestern (Iowa)

Rock Valley, Iowa (Western Christian)

DL

Trey Barnes

6-2

255

Sr.

Concordia (Neb.)

Seward, Neb. (Seward)

DL

Noey Tauave

6-2

270

Sr.

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Sacramento, Calif. (Nuvnli Poly Tech)

DL

Jeff Branch

6-2

236

Sr.

Presentation (S.D.)

Virginia Beach, Va. (Landstown)

DL

Evan Sprayberry

6-2

210

So.

Tabor (Kan.)

Moore, Okla. (Moore)

LB

*Alden Mann

5-10

200

Sr.

Wayland Baptist (Texas)

Wimberley, Texas (Wimberley)

LB

Stephen Thayer

5-9

202

Sr.

Missouri Valley

Manteca, Calif. (Sierra)

LB

KyRandall Smith

6-0

227

Sr.

Saint Mary (Kan.)

Amarillo, Texas (Little Elm)

DB

*Nate Moore

5-9

170

Sr.

College of Idaho

Meridian, Idaho (Mountain View)

DB

Rickey Rodriguez

5-10

175

Sr.

Bethel (Kan.)

Port St. Lucy, Fla. (West Centennial)

DB

Robert Lewis

6-0

180

Sr.

Grand View (Iowa)

Hewitt, Texas (Midway)


Specialists

Pos.

Name

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

School

Hometown (High School)

P

Derek Brush

6-2

200

Jr.

Arizona Christian

Whittier, Calif. (Whittier Christian)

PK

Bradley Bates

5-10

165

Jr.

Campbellsville (Ky.)

Campbellsville, Ky. (Campbellsville)

AP

Quincy Walden

5-7

170

Sr.

Bethel (Tenn.)

Milan, Tenn. (South Gibson)


*-2015 AFCA-NAIA All-American

2016 AFCA-NAIA Coaches' All-America Team - Second Team
Offense

Pos.

Name

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

School

Hometown (High School)

QB

Cedrick Phillips

5-11

185

So.

Sterling (Kan.)

Stockton, Calif. (Edison)

RB

Nate Meier

6-0

205

Sr.

Doane (Neb.)

Pierce, Neb. (Pierce)

RB

Korey Rogers

5-6

160

Sr.

Robert Morris (Ill.)

Chicago, Ill. (Joliet West)

WR

Tyus Alcorn

6-2

190

Sr.

Campbellsville (Ky.)

Lexington, Ky. (West Jessamine)

WR

Matt Retzlaff

5-10

190

R-Sr.

Southern Oregon

Medford, Ore. (South Medford)

WR

Austin Opdahl

6-1

185

Jr.

Dakota State (S.D.)

Madison, S.D. (Chester Area)

OL

Zach Reeves

6-3

244

Sr.

Doane (Neb.)

Central City, Neb. (Central City)

OL

Keegan Bruner

6-1

310

Sr.

Saint Francis (Ind.)

Warsaw, Ind. (Warsaw)

OL

Lars Lind

6-1

220

Sr.

Sterling (Kan.)

Golden, Colo. (Golden)

OL

Logan Glaze

6-6

285

Jr.

Marian (Ind.)

Leo, Ind. (Leo)

OL

Spencer Baalman

6-5

300

Jr.

Tabor (Kan.)

Wichita, Kan. (Maize)


Defense

Pos.

Name

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

School

Hometown (High School)

DL

Brady Mudder

6-3

240

Sr.

Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)

Garretson, S.D. (Garretson)

DL

Dillon Dittemore

6-4

240

Sr.

Marian (Ind.)

Lebanon, Ind. (Lebanon)

DL

Lucas Sparks

6-1

239

Sr.

Saint Francis (Ind.)

Springfield, Ohio (Shawnee)

DL

Josh Kock

6-0

260

Jr.

Baker (Kan.)

Concordia, Mo. (Concordia)

DL

Luke Gibbs

6-3

245

Jr.

Morningside (Iowa)

Maxwell, Iowa (Ankeny)

LB

*Aaron Cooper

6-4

231

Sr.

Kentucky Christian

Mayfield, Ky. (Graves County)

LB

Nathan Jernigan

6-0

202

R-Sr.

Cumberland (Tenn.)

Eagleville, Tenn. (Eagleville)

LB

Nicholas McBeain

6-1

240

Sr.

Valley City St. (N.D.)

Shakopee, Minn. (Shakopee)

DB

Darrain Winston

5-10

205

Sr.

Baker (Kan.)

Midwest City, Okla. (Carl Albert)

DB

Gunnar Kayser

6-4

220

Sr.

Montana Tech

Colbert, Wash. (Mead)

DB

Cain Boschee

6-3

185

So.

Dickinson State (N.D.)

Kalispell, Mont. (Glacier)


Specialists

Pos.

Name

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

School

Hometown (High School)

P

Will Anderson

6-1

190

Sr.

St. Ambrose (Iowa)

Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Glenbard South)

PK

*Clarence Clark

5-10

185

Jr.

Baker (Kan.)

Phoenix, Ariz. (Brophy Prep)

AP

Cornell Brown

5-9

180

Jr.

Baker (Kan.)

Baldwin City, Kan. (Baldwin)


*-2015 AFCA All-American