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Four Gorillas Earn Daktronics Division II All-America Honors

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Four members of the Pittsburg State University football team earned Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America honors Wednesday (Dec. 17) following a vote of members of the College Sports Information Director of America (CoSIDA).


Senior quarterback Anthony Abenoja, senior cornerback De'Vante Bausby, junior wide receiver Marquise Cushon and senior offensive lineman Tyler Smith all garnered second-team All-America honors.

Abenoja, one of nine national finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy as the Division II College Football Player of the Year, passed for a school record 3,871 yards and 32 touchdowns while leading the Gorillas to an 11-2 record and a berth in the Division II national playoffs. The Overland Park, Kan., native set a new NCAA Division II record with 314 consecutive passes without an interception, spanning nearly a calendar year – Oct. 19, 2013 to Oct. 18, 2014 – between interceptions. He was a first-team All-MIAA selection as well as the MIAA and NCAA-II Super Region Three Offensive Player of the Year.

Bausby, a Kansas City, Mo., native, made 47 tackles (29 solo) with 2.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks, four interceptions and nine pass break-ups. He was a first-team All-MIAA selection as well as a first-team All-Super Region Three pick.

Cushon caught 69 passes for 1,301 yards (18.9 ypc) and eight touchdowns. The Kansas City, Mo., native led the MIAA in receiving yards, averaging 100.1 yards per game. He also carried the ball 23 times for 242 yards (10.5 ypc) and a touchdown, compiling 2,127 all-purpose yards (163.6 ypc). Cushon was a first-team All-MIAA and first-team All-Super Region Three selection.

Smith, from Sand Springs, Okla., anchored an offensive line that helped pave the way for the Gorillas to average 35.5 points and 458.7 total yards per game. Smith, an unanimous first-team All-MIAA selection, started 42 career games for Pitt State. He was a first-team All-Super Region Three pick.

Ferris State University junior quarterback Jason Vander Laan, a Harlon Hill Trophy finalist, was named the Ron Lenz Offensive Player of the Year, while Colorado State University-Pueblo senior defensive end was named the Ron Lenz Defensive Player of the Year.

The Ron Lenz National Player of the Year award was named for long time South Dakota State sports information director Ron Lenz in 2008. Lenz was instrumental in the foundation of the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America program.
 
The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable displays systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition.
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