Gunn and Zylstra top the list of 16 Mavericks to receive All-NSIC honors

A total of 16 Maverick football players received All-NSIC honors for their efforts during the 2017 regular season.

A total of 11 Mavericks received All-NSIC First Team honors, with five claiming All-NSIC Second Team honors.

Sophomore Shane Zylstra was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Year. He is the second Maverick to receive the honor and first since Jon Wolf claimed the award in 2013. Zysltra has tallied 740 receiving yards and leads the NSIC with 14 touchdown catches. His 14 touchdown catches tied for the second-most in a season in team history. Zylstra, who was twice named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week this season, recorded more than 100 receiving yards in three games this season, including a season-high 204 yards against Minnesota Duluth.

Sophomore Nate Gunn was named the NSIC Offensive Newcomer of the Year. Gunn is the second Maverick to receive this award, with Nick Pieruccini receiving the award back in 2014. Gunn finished the regular season with an NSIC-leading 1,115 rushing yards. He has also tallied 10 touchdown carries. Gunn recorded more than 100 rushing yards in MSU’s first seven games this season, becoming the first MSU player to do so since TJ Schraufnagel did so in 1999. Against Minnesota Duluth, Gunn rushed for a season-high 229 rushing yards, the second-most in a game in team history.

NSIC South Division All-Conference First Team Offense
23 Nate Gunn RB So. Minnesota State Minooka, Ill.
69 Evan Heim OL So. Minnesota State DePere, Wis.
86 Tyler Schmidt TE So. Minnesota State Cedar Falls, Iowa
60 Sam Schrauth OL Jr. Minnesota State Campbellsport, Wis.
84 Shane Zylstra WR So. Minnesota State Spicer, Minn.
NSIC South Division All-Conference First Team Defense
31 Brendan Chrystal LB Sr. Minnesota State Crystal Lake, Ill.
90 Zach Dodge DL Jr. Minnesota State Salem, Wis.
4 Larry Moore DB Sr. Minnesota State Calumet, Ill.
29 Jerry Nash III DB Sr. Minnesota State Kenosha, Wis.
92 Evan Perrizo DL Sr. Minnesota State Eden Prairie, Minn.
NSIC South Division All-Conference First Team Special Teams
15 Casey Bednarski K Jr. Minnesota State Oconomowoc, Wis.
15 Casey Bednarski P Jr. Minnesota State Oconomowoc, Wis.
NSIC South Division All-Conference Second Team Offense
11 Ty Dennis WR Sr. Minnesota State Burlington, Wis.
5 Ryan Schlichte QB So. Minnesota State Mankato, Minn.
70 Hunter Toppel OL Fr. Minnesota State DeForest, Wis.
NSIC South Division All-Conference Second Team Defense
3 Corey Brent DB Sr. Minnesota State Oak Forest, Ill.
9 Michael Palme LB Jr. Minnesota State West Des Moines, Iowa

Sophomore Jack Curtis, freshman Justin Taormina and freshman JD Ekowa each receiving an Honorable Mention.

The Mavericks continue their season on Saturday as they host CSU-Pueblo in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Blakeslee Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

#3 Corey Brent: Brent has started in all 11 games for the Minnesota State this season at safety. He has notched 39 tackles, including three for a loss this season, to go along with three interceptions.

#4 Larry Moore: Moore started in all 11 games for the Mavericks and ranks third on the team in tackles with 50. He has also tallied 4.5 tackles for a loss and recorded a season-high nine tackles and two sacks against Winona State.

#9 Michael Palme: Palme started all 11 games at linebacker for the Mavericks this season and is currently second on the team in tackles with 54. He also has 4.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. Against Minnesota Duluth, Palme posted a season-high 13 tackles.

#5 Ryan Schlichte: Schlichte has started in all 11 games at quarterback for the Mavericks this season and has thrown for 1,550 yards and 21 touchdowns. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in nine games this season, including a season-high three touchdown passes in five games. Against Winona State, Schlichte threw for a season-high 205 yards.

#11 Ty Dennis: Dennis has started in all 11 games at wide receiver this season for the Mavericks. He has caught 38 passes for 477 yards and three touchdowns. Dennis caught two touchdown passes against Northern State and tallied a season-high 89 receiving yards against Winona State.

#15 Casey Bednarski: Bednarski has played in all 11 games for the Mavericks this season and has gone 18-of-19 in field goal attempts this season. Against Minnesota Crookston, Bednarski kicked a 63-yard field goal that set an MSU and NSIC record. For the season, Bednarski has tallied 104 points and is averaging 40.7 yards per punt. He has also downed 17 punts inside the 20 yard line.

#29 Jerry Nash III: Nash started in 10 games this season and currently leads the Maverick defense with 58 tackles and three fumble recoveries. He posted a season-high seven tackles in back-to-back games against Minnesota Duluth and Northern State. Against the University of Mary, Nash recovered two fumbles.

#31 Brendan Chrystal: Chrystal has started in all 11 games for the Mavericks this season at linebacker and has tallied 43 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss and one sack. Earlier this season, Chrystal recorded a season-high seven tackles against both Minnesota Crookston and Winona State.

#60 Sam Schrauth: Schrauth has started in 10 games for the Mavericks on the offensive line, mostly at right guard. Schrauth has helped Minnesota State rush for more than 3,209 yards and 27 touchdowns. MSU’s 3,209 rushing yards are the fifth most in a season in team history. The offensive line has only allowed 13 sacks this season, which ranks 25th in NCAA Division II.

#69 Evan Heim: Heim has started in all 11 games for the Mavericks this season at left tackle. As a team, Minnesota State has rushed for more than 3,209 yards and 27 touchdowns. MSU’s 3,209 rushing yards are the fifth most in a season in team history. The offensive line has only allowed 13 sacks this season, which ranks 25th in NCAA Division II.

#70 Hunter Toppel: Toppel has started in all 11 games this season at left guard for the Mavericks. He has helped Minnesota State rush for more than 3,209 yards and 27 touchdowns. MSU’s 3,209 rushing yards are the fifth most in a season in team history. The offensive line has only allowed 13 sacks this season, which ranks 25th in NCAA Division II.

#86 Tyler Schmidt: Schmidt has started in all 11 games this season at tight end for the Mavericks. He has caught 13 passes for 174 yards and ranks second on the team in touchdown catches with four.

#90 Zach Dodge: Dodge has started in all 11 games this season at defensive tackle and tallied 24 tackles. He sits second on the team in tackles for a loss with 7.5 and in sacks with four. In two games against Northern State and Winona State, Dodge recorded two sacks.

#92 Evan Perrizo: Perrizo has started in all 11 games at defensive end for the Mavericks this season. He leads the MSU defense with 15.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks. Earlier this season, Perrizo was named the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week recording two sacks and returning a fumble for a touchdown against Winona State.

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