Ten Mount Union Football Players Named All-Americans; Kehres National Coach of the Year
Mount Union had 10 football players named to the D3football.com All-America teams and three of those players also named to the AP Little All-America teams while head coach Larry Kehres was the D3football.com National Coach of the Year.
Senior safety Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood), senior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) and sophomore quarterback Kevin Burke (Westlake/Lakewood St. Edward) were named to both teams. Driskill was first team on both teams, Collins was a first team with d3football.com and a third team AP Little All-America pick while Burke was a third team selection on both teams.
Driskill led the nation's No. 1 ranked defense with 101 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles with two interceptions and two blocked kicks. He was also a consensus All-American has he was named to the AFCA team, the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year, Lee Tressel Ohio Athletic Conference Defensive Back of the Year and the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award.
Collins had 92 catches for 1,694 yards with 22 touchdowns. In the playoffs, he had 43 catches for 795 yards with 11 touchdowns which were all NCAA Division III records for the tournament. He was also an All-OAC First Team selection.
Burke completed 69.4-percent of his passes (249-of-359) for 3,772 yards with 38 touchdowns and was the OAC Bob Packard Offensive Back of the Year. He was also the team's second leading rusher with 776 yards on 138 carries with nine touchdowns. His 4,548 yards of total offense accounted for over 55-percent of the Raiders total yards and led an offense that set an NCAA Division III record for points scored at 792.
Seven other Raiders were named to the D3football.com All-America teams.
Seniors in tackle Antonio Tate (Cleveland/Villa Angela St. Joseph), guard Matt Mattox (St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph), linebacker Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) and returner Chris Denton (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation) were all first team selections.
Seniors in center Mac Knisely (Perrysburg/Perrysburg) and defensive back Isaiah Scott (Hamilton/Fairfield) were both second team selections while senior defensive tackle Matt Fechko (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) was on the third team.
Tate, a two-time OAC Ken Wable Offensive Lineman of the Year, Mattox and Knisely were part of a line on an offense that was the nation's highest scoring team and No. 3 in total offense in the nation. Dieuseul, the OAC Gene Slaughter Linebacker of the Year, was second on the team with 89 tackles, 13.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks, three interceptions and he blocked a punt for a touchdown in the Stagg Bowl. Denton matched an NCAA record with five punt returns for touchdowns this season. Fechko had a team-high two fumble recoveries with 50 tackles, 12.0 for loss, and six sacks.
Kehres claimed National Coach of the Year honors as he led the Raiders to their record 11th national championship. In his 27th season as head coach, he is the winningest active coach in college football with a record of 332-24-3.