Bonnet, Colville, Crockett & LeCompte Earn Missouri Valley Football All-Newcomer Honors
Release: November 27, 2012
ST. LOUIS —Quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen of UNI has been named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Newcomer of the Year and MVFC Freshman of the Year. He heads a list of 23 student-athletes named to the 2012 Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team including North Dakota State fullback Andrew Bonnet, offensive guard Josh Colville, running back John Crockett and punter Ben LeCompte. League coaches, sports information directors and a media panel selected the team.
FB Andrew Bonnet, 6-3, 242, RFr., Council Bluffs, Iowa (Underwood H.S.) ... Played in all 11 games at fullback and special teams ... Has caught 11 passes for 93 yards and one TD ... Made season-high four receptions for 20 yards vs. Indiana State (10-13-12) ... Has one special teams tackle.
OG Josh Colville, 6-2, 279, RFr., Deephaven, Minn. (Minnetonka H.S.) ... Started in 10 games as redshirt freshman ... One of the reasons NDSU led the league in scoring (31.4 avg/g) and rushing offense (178 avg/g) ... Nationally, the Bison were 13th in scoring offense (35.55 avg/g) and 25th in rushing offense (197 avg/g) ... NDSU leads the nation in time of possession (35:30) and third down conversions (85/160).
RB John Crockett, 5-11 1/2, 202, So., Minneapolis, Minn. (Totino-Grace H.S.) ... Played in all 11 games ... Rushed 152 times for 769 yards and eight TDs ... Has three 100-yard games this season including a season-high 122 yards on 19 carries at Northern Iowa (9-29-12) ... MVFC Newcomer of the Week ... Has caught four passes for 18 yards.
P Ben LeCompte, 5-10, 197, RFr., Barrington, Ill. (Barrington H.S.) ... Played in all 11 games ... Holds for extra points and field goals ... Punted 38 times for an average of 41.2 yards per attempt ... Ranks 4th in the league in punting ... Has placed 13 punts inside the 20 with six fair catches and five touchbacks ... MVFC Newcomer of the Week ... Has averaged 61.3 yards on 37 kickoffs including eight touchbacks ... Has three tackles including two vs. Indiana State.
Kollmorgen started in every game for the Panthers during his debut in a UNI uniform during the 2012 season, and he finished the season 185-of-313 passing with 21 touchdowns and 2,460 yards. The 2,460 pass yards were the most ever for an MVFC freshman. He was second in the MVFC in total offense and passing average per game and led the league in pass efficiency with a passer rating of 141.9. Kollmorgen passed for over 200 yards in nine games this season including a season high 333 yards against Youngstown State. Kollmorgen is the third Panther to win the league's Freshman of the Year honor and the fourth to be named Newcomer of the Year. He's the first-ever MVFC player to win both awards.
Kollmorgen is a finalist -- along with fellow freshmen LB T.J. Lally of South
Dakota State and LB J.J. Raffelson of Western Illinois -- for the Jerry Rice
Award, given to the top freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision.
OL Josh Aladenoye, Illinois State 6-6 335 Jr. Mesquite (Texas) North High School / Oklahoma
OL Jermaine Barton, Illinois State 6-8 310 So. Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas High School / Miami
FB Andrew Bonnet, North Dakota St. 6-3 242 Fr. Council Bluffs (Iowa) Underwood High
OG Josh Colville, North Dakota State 6-2 279 Fr. Deephaven (Minn.) Minnetonka High
RB John Crockett, North Dakota State 5-11 202 So. Minneapolis (Minn.) Totino-Grace High
WR Phil Dudley, Illinois State 5-9 185 Jr. Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis High School / Ball State
RB Ryan Heaston, Missouri State 5-10 174 Fr. Cordova (Tenn.) High
QB Sawyer Kollmorgen, UNI 6-2 215 Fr. Jenks (Okla.) High
QB Mike Perish, Indiana State 6-3 210 So. Frankfort (Ill.) Marist High / Western Michigan
TE Sam Rohr, UNI 6-3 219 Fr. Brookfield (Wis.) Central High
WR/KR Fredson Salomon, W. Illinois 5-9 150 Jr. Miami (Fla.) North Miami High / ASA College
RB/RS Jasper Sanders, S. Dakota 5-10 200 Jr. Kansas City (Kan.) Piper High / Butler Community College
CB Julius Childs, Youngstown State 5-11 185 So. Los Angeles (Calif.) Lynwood High / Compton
LB Alex Donnelly, Illinois State 6-0 225 Fr. Kirkland (Wash.) Lake Washington High School
LB Jake Farley, UNI 6-1 220 So. Cedar Falls (Iowa) High / Kansas
LB T.J. Lally, South Dakota State 6-0 225 Fr. Chicago (Ill.) Marmion Academy
P Ben LeCompte, North Dakota State 5-10 197 Fr. Barrington (Ill.) High
DL Marshall Peugh, South Dakota St. 6-3 240 Jr. Avondale (Ariz.) Ironwood High / Glendale College
LB J.J. Raffelson, Western Illinois 6-3 235 Fr. Lake Zurich (Ill.) High
DB Mark Sewall, Indiana State 5-10 190 Fr. Western Springs (Ill.) Lyons Township High
SS Ezra Thompson, Illinois State 6-2 215 Jr. Tinley Park (Ill.) Lincoln-Way East High School / Colorado State
DE Connor Underwood, Indiana State 6-3 230 Fr. Washington (Ill.) Washington Community High
LB Tyler Williamson, Southern Illinois 6-2 217 So. Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic High / Highland Community College