The Don Hansen Football Committee released the 2016 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-Super Region Three squad. Three Wolves landed on the list in seniors Conner Doherty (1st), Channing Barber (2nd), and Chad Stoterau (3rd).
Doherty started all 11 games for the Wolves at tight end, leading the team with 543 yards receiving. The previous 3-time all-conference honoree averaged 49.4 yards per game with eight touchdowns. Doherty averaged 14.7 yards per reception and surpassed the 2,000 yard career receiving mark. He also tallied 12 yards on kick returns for the Wolves. Doherty was also named first team All-NSIC and a CoSIDA Academic All-American.
Barber started all 11 games for the Wolves at corner back leading the league in passes defended with 18, including 14 break-ups and four interceptions. The returning NSIC first team honoree was third on the team with 56 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss of seven yards and one 12 yard fumble recovery. The Dell Rapids native was named the D2Football.com defensive player of the week in week 2 against Southwest Minnesota State. Barber broke two school records in 2016 with 166 interception return yards this season and 374 return yards in his career. He tallied one punt for 21 yards against Bemidji State and notched 236 yards on kick returns and 26 yards on punt returns. Barber was sixth on the team in scoring with three defensive touchdowns and was named first team All-NSIC and first team D2CCA All-Region.
Stoterau started all 11 games for the Wolves on the defensive line. The 2-time All-Conference first teamer led NSU with 76 tackles including 20 solo and 46 assisted. Stoterau notched a team leading nine tackles for a loss of 44 yards and 6.5 sacks. He also added on pass break-up. On offense the senior notched 21 yards receiving versus Concordia-St. Paul and was a vital component of the Wolves ‘jumbo package’ on short yardage downs. Stoterau was also named first team All-NSIC and a CoSIDA Academic All-American.
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. The first-team and second-team All-Region selections advance to a national ballot from which the 2016 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team will be named early this year.
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