UNK's Manhart Takes Home Another Honor|
Nebraska-Kearney junior left tackle Cole Manhart has been selected to a third All-American team for the 2013 season. This time, he earns second-team honors from Don Hansenís Football Gazette.
Previously, the 6-6, 300 pounder was tabbed a first-team All-American by both the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) and the Associated Press.
The only unanimous first-team All-MIAA player this past season, Manhart blocked for a ground game that ranked sixth in the conference in rushing offense (203.7 yards per game).
He also was an "h" back in UNK's hammer package, which was unveiled in the fifth contest of the season, a 56-6 win over Lindenwood.
Off the field, he maintains a 3.51 cumulative GPA as a Criminal Justice major. Finally, Manhart (ThunderRidge H.S.) was one of UNK's team co-captains this season.
Other MIAA players on the first or second teams were NW Missouri Stateís Cody Carlson (offensive guard), Brandon Dixon (cornerback), Matt Longacre (defensive end), Eric Reimer (linebacker) and Brandon Yost (defensive linemen), return specialist John Brown and linebacker Nate Dreiling of Pittsburg State and all-purpose player Marquez Clark of Central Oklahoma and corner Pierre Desir of Lindenwood.
The Don Hansen Division II All-America Team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29th, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansenís National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988.
The Don Hansen Football Committee selected All-Super Region teams in December and early January, with the first-team and second-team All-Super Region players advancing to the national ballot.
A total of 168 players earned some form of Don Hansen All-America honors. Players from 78 of the 166 football-playing schools in Division II earned Don Hansen All-America accolades. National Champion NW Missouri State had seven honorees, including four first-team players.