BROOKFIELD, Ill. – The Don Hansen Football Committee released the 2012 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-Super Region Four squad on Tuesday (Jan. 8). Four Northern Michigan University football players were selected.
Junior Christian Jessie was named to the second team as a return specialist. The native of Grand Rapids, Mich., led the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in kick return yards (1,056) and average return yards (28.6). He broke a Superior Dome record with a 99-yard kickoff return in the final game of the season against Ferris State.
Seniors Jace Daniels and Rockne Belmonte were named to the third team offense. While senior Zach Anderson was a third team defense selection. Daniels, a native of Escanaba, Mich., anchored the NMU offensive line. Belmonte (Grand Rapids, Mich.) finished his career with 45 field goals to break NMU’s career mark, including a school and Superior Dome record 58-yarder against Grand Valley. Belmonte broke the NMU record for field goals in a season (15) in 2011 and was 14-for-20 in 2012, making all 25 PAT attempts. Anderson (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.) had 71 total tackles with 40 solo tackles and 31 assisted tackles in 2012. He had 10 tackles-for-loss, one sack and an interception.
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. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen’s Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.
The first-team and second-team All-Region selections advance to a national ballot from which the 2012 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team will be named later this month.
A total of 80 players earned some form of Don Hansen’s All-Super Region four honors.
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