43 Division III College Football Standouts Named To Team Stars & Stripes Roster

Student Athletes Who Have Excelled On And Off The Football Field Will Line Up Against Mexico’s CONADEIP All Stars At CETYS University in Baja On Saturday, December 19

A record number of 27 NCAA Division III schools will be represented on the roster of Team Stars & Stripes at the seventh annual Tazón de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars).

Under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Don DeWaard (Central College), the Americans will train at the Mexicali, UABC and CETYS University campuses in Tijuana, and on December 19 will take on the CONADEIP All Stars selected from the CONADEIP private universities in Mexico at the Margarita Astiazrán de Fimbres Stadium in Baja. The Tazón de Estrellas series between the great rivals is tied at 3-3.

Highlighting the Team Stars & Stripes roster are a pair of quarterbacks in Brady Huber from Illinois College and Matt McDaniels of the US Merchant Marine Academy.

Global Football - Matt McDaniels

Matt McDaniels

Huber is an All-Midwest Conference South team selection, who after biding his time for three seasons ran rampant, ending with exactly 3,000 yards on the 2015 season, more than any other quarterback in the conference. He also threw for a conference-best 31 touchdowns, led the MWC in pass efficiency, and had a 62.5 completion percentage.

McDaniels of the US Merchant Marine Academy was named an All-Liberty First Team Specialist Athlete, his fourth-straight postseason honor from the league. He ranks second in the Liberty League in rushing (91.3 ypg), third in scoring (5.6 ppg), sixth in all-purpose yards (91.3 ypg) and ninth in total offense (115.6 ypg).

Among the passing pair’s receiving targets will be tight end Jake Wassenaar of Central College, who is also headed to the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans as a member of the Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, comprised of players who devote their free time to perform acts of service. Wassenaar is among six players picked from Division III schools from among a record 197 nominations.

On the defensive side of the ball, highlights include linebackers Andrew Bryan of John Carroll University and Dylan Zerki from Kalamazoo College. Bryan is an all-AOC First Team selection, who topped the team with 78 tackles, while all-MIAA selection Zerki ends his career as Kalamazoo’s all-time leading tackler. He led the Hornets in tackles (104), sacks (3), and tackles for a loss (11) in 2015, towards a total of 404.

Global Football - Dylan Zerki

Dylan Zerki

The defensive secondary is highlighted by Octavius Sanders, also of Kalamazoo College, whose five interceptions tied for the most in the MIAA and three of his picks were returned for touchdowns. Quincy Marting from Washington University led the SAA in pass break-ups (13) and was second in interceptions (4), while also making the D3 football.com Team of the Week as he recorded a career-high 16 tackles (13 solo) and an interception in the final game of career vs. Chicago.

No.Pos.NameHt.Wt.School
20DBMitch Osadchuk5-10175Adrian College
58OLChris Wilson6-1260Albion College
5DEBrandon Stiers6-2250Augustana College
89PJack McFarland6-1180California Lutheran University
32LBEJ Edinburgh6-1220California Lutheran University
21DBCael Halfman5-11185Central College
86TEJake Wassenaar6-3240Central College
97DLDustin Smith6-0260Central College
55OLNick Watson6-4250Central College
50OLKody Bontreger6-3297DePauw University
56OLTaylor Shellman6-1276DePauw University
41LSWes Wagner5-10200Elmhurst College
79OLJavier Rivera6-1250Eureka College
38LBBobby Tuttle6-0230Grove City College
54LBBrandon Berringer5-11210Grove City College
3WRJosh Peach6-3205Grove City College
53OLAlex Jewell6-2255Grove City College
9DTJake Stilwell5-10233Hanover College
90PDean DeVries5-10235Hope College
8QBBrady Huber6-3215Illinois College
33LBAndrew Bryan6-2225John Carroll University
72DLMichael Tozzi6-3255John Carroll University
1DBOctavius Sanders5-9165Kalamazoo College
44LBDylan Zerki5-8250Kalamazoo College
40DBArmand Stricklin6-0180Knox College
49LBSean Chapman6-3225Lake Forest College
84DLAdam Bernstein5-10230Lake Forest College
45LBAustin Van Meter6-1230Lake Forest College
34CBPat Clark6-2190Lake Forest College
2WRGeorge Vidas5-11201Lake Forest College
68OLJuan Guerrero6-3290University of La Verne
6DESean Guerra5-10215Luther College
94DLDan Wheelock6-3230Luther College
51LBJoel Stevenson5-10200MacMurray College
7DBRich Zirngibl6-0191North Central College
63OLEric Knaperek6-2282North Central College
77OLT.J. Demos6-2250Rose-Hulman
66DLSam Mellor6-1260Southern Virginia University
16QBColton Brownson6-0200Sul Ross State University
24WRPat Cutillo5-7180Susquehanna University
93K/PKyle Pulek5-10190Trinity College
11QBMatthew McDaniels5-11202US Merchant Marine Academy
13DBQuincy Marting5-10185Washington University

Coaching Staff: Head Coach Don DeWaard (Central); Assistant coaches: Ron Planz (Elmhurst), Joe Austin (Southwestern), Tripp Merritt (Susquehanna), Rob Cushman (Minnesota Morris); Director of Player Personnel John Roslien (Central); Athletic Trainer Frank Neu (Central); General Manager Patrick Steenberge

The 27 Division III schools represented on the Team Stars & Stripes roster are: Adrian College, Albion College, Augustana College, California Lutheran University, Central College, DePauw University, Elmhurst College, Eureka College, Grove City College, Hanover College, Hope College, Illinois College, John Carroll University, Kalamazoo College, Knox College, Lake Forest College, University of Laverne, Luther College, MacMurray College, North Central College, Rose-Hulman, Southern Virginia University, Sul Ross State University, Susquehanna University, Trinity College, US Merchant Marine Academy and Washington University.

Global Football president Patrick Steenberge has developed and organized the Tazón de Estrellas in association with CONADEIP and Division III schools in the United States since 2009, having produced the Aztec Bowl for 11 years 1997 to 2007.

The Tazón de Estrellas is the focal point for the Global Football Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit initiative, which assists athletes in meeting the expenses associated with traveling overseas to realize their dreams of competing against other American football enthusiasts and experiencing different cultures. The foundation allows potential benefactors to make charitable donations to offset costs that might otherwise prevent the student athletes from undertaking the trip of a lifetime.

About Global Football

Since 1996 Global Football has provided 14,000 amateur football players, coaches, families and fans from 350 schools the opportunity to travel and compete internationally with similar people of differing cultures. During that time they have produced games and tours in 23 countries on 6 continents, including the 2012 and 2014 GIFT events staged in Ireland alongside the NCAA college football games. Through these games, clinics and tours the people involved experience and learn about unique lands, fascinating people, and the sports environment in different parts of the world. Global Football has become the world’s largest exporter and producer of American football outside of the USA.

For more information or to make a donation contact Patrick Steenberge:Tel: 817-219-7274 / Email: [email protected]

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