Aurora's Zimbelman, BenU's Bobeck Headline All-NACC Football Teams

The NACC has announced its major awards and all-conference teams for the 2019 season.
The NACC has announced its major awards and all-conference teams for the 2019 season.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (naccsports.org) --- The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) has announced its major awards and all-conference teams for the 2019 football season.

Record-setting junior quarterback Gavin Zimbelman (Manteno, Ill.) of Aurora University was named the NACC Football Offensive Player of the Year, while Benedictine University senior linebacker Scottie Bobeck (Kenosha, Wis.) was named the NACC Football Defensive Player of the Year. Eureka College defensive lineman Alex Brittain (Eureka, Ill.) was named the league's Freshman of the Year and Aurora mentor Don Beebe was recognized by his peers as the 2019 NACC Football Coach of the Year.

The awards are voted on by the league's head coaches.

Through 10 regular-season games, Zimbelman has completed 241 of 383 passes for a league-leading 3,182 yards and an NCAA Division III-best 51 touchdowns. He set a new NACC single-season mark for TD passes in just the seventh game of the season and sits 117 yards short of matching the league's single-season yardage mark. Zimbelman threw for four or more touchdowns in eight of 10 regular-season games, tying the NACC single-game record of seven in the season opener against St. Norbert. He then proceeded to hit that mark three more times during the course of the season. Zimbelman also rushed for 355 yards and three touchdowns on 75 carries, including a season-best 93 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries in a 63-27 win over Concordia University Chicago on Oct. 12. In addition to leading NCAA Division III in touchdown passes, he also leads the nation in total offense (361.9 yards per game) and points responsible for (326), while ranking fourth in total passing yards, fifth in passing yardage per game (318.2 ypg), ninth in completions per game (24.1 per game) and 14th in passing efficiency (172.0). Zimbelman is the first Spartan to be named NACC Offensive Player of the Year and the first AU player to receive a major NACC football award since Defensive Player of the Year honors went to Kam Dawtyne in 2017.

Bobeck ranked third in the NACC with 105 tackles, including 46 solo stops. He also picked off three passes, tied for second among NACC players. Bobeck posted at least seven tackles in each game this season, reaching double-digits five times. His high-water mark of 20 (eight solo, 12 assists) came in a 34-26 win against Lakeland on Nov. 9. In addition to his three interceptions, he also broke up a pair of passes and blocked a kick against Loras. Bobeck is the third Eagle to receive NACC Defensive Player of the Year honors following two-time winner Ben Lockton (2011-12) and Jarrett Lecas (2014).

Brittain finished the year as Eureka's second-leading tackler with 48, including 30 solo stops, despite playing in just nine of 10 games. He also contributed three sacks and recovered a fumble. He twice posted a season-high nine tackles - first against Concordia Chicago on Oct. 19, then again against Lakeland on Nov. 2. Brittain is the second Red Devil student-athlete to capture a major NACC football award. Le'Anthony Reasnover was named the league's offensive player of the year last season.

In his first season, Beebe led the Spartans to a 9-1 regular-season record, an undefeated 7-0 mark in league play, the program's third NACC title and Aurora's fifth trip to the NCAA Division III Football Championship. Carried by their high-flying offense, the Spartans rank sixth in Division III in total offense at 518.0 yards per game and 14th in passing offense at 318.9 yards per game. Beebe is the third AU coach to be named NACC Football Coach of the Year.

All eight NACC football schools were represented on the 2019 All-NACC Teams. League champion Aurora led all NACC programs with 16 all-league selections, including seven first-teamers. Eureka College was next with 10 honorees, split evenly between the first and second teams, while Benedictine University had nine players selected, including five to the first team. Lakeland University, with four first-team picks, finished with six all-league players overall, followed by Concordia University Wisconsin with five selections, Concordia University Chicago with four, Wisconsin Lutheran College with three and Rockford University with two.

Among the 55 All-NACC selections were a pair of double honorees. Eureka senior James Douglas III (Orlando, Fla.) was selected to the First Team as both a wide receiver and a return specialist, while Benedictine senior Josh Williams (Chicago, Ill.) earned first-team honors at running back and second-team honors as a return specialist. Elsewhere among specialists, Benedictine freshman Tanner Mateus (Belvidere, Ill.) paired first-team punter honors with an honorable mention as a placekicker.


2019 All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Football Team
Offensive Player of the Year - Gavin Zimbelman, jr., QB, Aurora
Defensive Player of the Year - Scottie Bobeck, sr., LB, Benedictine
Freshman of the Year - Alex Brittain, DL, Eureka
Coach of the Year - Don Beebe, Aurora
Pos. First Team School Yr. Hometown High School
QB Gavin Zimbelman Aurora Jr. Manteno, Ill. Manteno
RB Josh Williams Benedictine Sr. Chicago, Ill. Ottawa
RB Lance Moise Concordia Chicago Sr. Coral Springs, Fla. Stoneman Douglas
RB Larry Rivers Lakeland Jr. Dearborn Heights, Mich. Annapolis
WR Jacolby Maxwell Aurora Sr. Romeoville, Ill. Aurora Christian
WR James Douglas III Eureka Sr. Orlando, Fla. Deltona
WR Dezmon Eddie Lakeland Sr. Alexandria, La. University Academy
TE Colton Jewell Aurora Sr. Lake Villa, Ill. Lakes Community
OL BoDee Steber Aurora Sr. Newton, Ill. Newton Community
OL Austin Jarnagin Benedictine Sr. Kankakee, Ill. Herscher
OL Justice Silvera Concordia Chicago Jr. Pembroke Pines, Fla. American Heritage
OL Tyler Ryan Concordia Wisconsin Sr. Winona, Minn. Hope Lutheran
OL Jonah Carlson Lakeland Sr. Kingsford, Mich. Kingsford
DL Juan Carreno Aurora Sr. Oregon, Ill. Polo Community
DL Rob Stark Aurora Jr. Palos Hills, Ill. Stagg
DL Sam Bartlett Lakeland Sr. Racine, Wis. Horlick
DL Zach Brug Wisconsin Lutheran Sr. Sturtevant, Wis. Shoreland Lutheran
LB Scottie Bobeck Benedictine Sr. Kenosha, Wis. Bradford
LB Dwayne Rackard III Concordia Wisconsin Jr. Orlando, Fla. Lyman
LB Mason Diederich Eureka Jr. Washington, Ill. Washington
LB Mykael Ignaszak Wisconsin Lutheran Jr. Cudahy, Wis. Cudahy
DB Casey Dycus Aurora Jr. Wonder Lake, Ill. Woodstock North
DB Jalaan Owens Benedictine Jr. Las Vegas, Nev. Naperville (Ill.) Central
DB Josiah McDermit Concordia Wisconsin So. Kansasville, Wis. Westosha Central
DB Trevon Moore Eureka Sr. Aurora, Ill. Waubonsie Valley
P Tanner Mateus Benedictine Fr. Belvidere, Ill. Belvidere North
PK Tanner Kuhne Eureka Sr. Princeton, Ill. Princeton
RET James Douglas III Eureka Sr. Orlando, Fla. Deltona
Pos. Second Team School Yr. Hometown High School
QB Drew Barth Eureka Sr. Minonk, Ill. Fieldcrest
RB Tyran Bailey Aurora Jr. Oswego, Ill. Oswego East
RB Matt Montgomery Concordia Wisconsin Jr. Hillsboro, Texas Hillsboro
RB Joe Hughes Eureka Jr. Normal, Ill. University
WR Matt Evert Aurora Jr. Geneva, Ill. Geneva
WR Kalan Miller Rockford Sr. Cordova, Tenn. Cordova
TE Alex Lopez Benedictine Jr. Elmwood Park, Ill. Elmwood Park
OL Jackson Nazos Aurora So. Bolingbrook, Ill. Bolingbrook
OL Grant Palmer Aurora Sr. Arlington Heights, Ill. Rolling Meadows
OL Gannon Grider Benedictine So. Highland, Ind. Highland
OL Martin LeCesne Eureka Jr. Joliet, Ill. Joliet West
OL Steve Ragin Lakeland Sr. Hobart, Ind. Hobart
DL Braxton White Benedictine So. Sugar Land, Texas Travis
DL Gustavo Alba Concordia Chicago Jr. El Paso, Texas El Paso
DL Julius Peyton Eureka So. Peoria, Ill. Richwoods
DL Alex Brittain Eureka Fr. Eureka, Ill. Eureka
LB Frankie Gordey Aurora Sr. Woodridge, Ill. Downers Grove South
LB Blake Martz Aurora Jr. Somerset, Ind. Southwood
LB Connor Stoming Concordia Wisconsin Jr. Germantown, Wis. Germantown
LB Jallen Bashford Rockford Jr. Fairbury, Ill. Prairie Central
DB Sean Reyna Aurora Jr. Mokena, Ill. Lincoln-Way Central
DB Hudson Stedman Aurora Sr. Mackinaw, Ill. Deer Creek-Mackinaw
DB Demetrius Rufus Concordia Chicago Sr. North Lauderdale, Fla. Coral Springs Charter
DB Rayshion Brumfield Lakeland So. Ponchatoula, La. Live Oak
P Skylor Christensen Wisconsin Lutheran Jr. Sioux Falls, S.D. Great Plains Lutheran
PK Sean Kerr Aurora So. Houston, Texas Lutheran South
RET Josh Williams Benedictine Sr. Chicago, Ill. Ottawa
Pos. Honorable Mention School Yr. Hometown High School
P Ryan Basden Aurora Sr. Morton, Ill. Morton
DB Keion Adams Aurora Sr. Elgin, Ill. Larkin
QB Tyler Jarnagin Benedictine So. Kankakee, Ill. Herscher
RB Kiandre Morris Benedictine So. Mendota, Ill. Mendota
DB Calvin Jordan Benedictine Sr. Burbank, Ill. Reavis
DB Keenon Davis Benedictine Fr. Northlake, Ill. West Leyden
DB Blake Davis Benedictine So. Downers Grove, Ill. Downers Grove North
PK Tanner Mateus Benedictine Fr. Belvidere, Ill. Belvidere North
DB Danny Wood Benedictine Sr. Tijuana, Mexico Carlsbad (Calif.)
LB Tyler Creamer Concordia Chicago Fr. Zion, Ill. Zion-Benton Township
LB Tyler Dudley Concordia Chicago So. Katy, Texas Cypress Lakes
DB Caleb Casey Concordia Chicago Sr. Ocala, Flaa. Lecanto
OL Aaron Finkel Concordia Chicago Jr. Reedsburg, Wis. Reedsburg
TE Jake Riportella Concordia Wisconsin Sr. Des Plaines, Ill. Maine West
RET Isaiah Tenette Concordia Wisconsin Sr. Sacramento, Calif. Highlands
DB Gabe Christenson Concordia Wisconsin So. Kewaskum, Wis. Kewaskum
RB Wesley Burris Eureka Sr. Monmouth, Ill. Monmouth-Roseville
LB Austin McCarty Eureka Sr. Oakwood, Ill. Oakwood
OL Corbin Heiken Eureka So. El Paso, Ill. El Paso-Gridley
TE Mason Prunick Lakeland Jr. Sheboygan, Wis. Sheboygan South
RB LaVar Johnson Jr. Rockford Jr. Memphis, Tenn. Cordova
TE Adam Ambrogio Rockford Sr. Rockford, Ill. Christian Life
P/PK Gerardo Zamudio Rockford Fr. Zion, Ill. Zion-Benton Township
RET Jermaine Johnson Rockford Fr. Chicago, Ill. Taft
WR Joey Owens Rockford So. Joliet, Ill. Ottawa
OL Connor Young Wisconsin Lutheran Sr. Kenosha, Wis. LakeView Technology
DL Colten Eklund Wisconsin Lutheran So. South Beloit, Ill. Hononegah
DB Devonte Jones Wisconsin Lutheran Jr. Vero Beach, Fla. Vero Beach
DB Jody Styczynski Wisconsin Lutheran Sr. Coleman, Wis. Coleman