BROOKFIELD, Ill. (April 3, 2018) - Junior Darius Williams (Gilbert, Ariz.) of the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team was selected as a 2017 Don Hansen All-America Second Team selection, while senior Corbin Feenstra (C, Superior, Colo.) and sophomore Emery Taylor (CB, Aurora, Colo.) earned honorable mention recognition.
The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen's Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.
D2CCA All-America First Team ... AFCA All-America Second Team ... D2Football.com All-America First Team ... Don Hansen All-America Second Team ... D2CCA All-Region First Team ... Don Hansen All-Super Region Four First Team ... All-RMAC First Team ... All-NFFCC First Team ... Cliff Harris Award Finalist ... Williams finished the regular season T-2nd in NCAA Division II for interceptions with eight, which is also a CSU-Pueblo program record ... Returned those eight interceptions for 176 yards (5th in Division II) and three touchdowns (T-1st in Division II) ... Added nine pass break-ups to finish 2nd in the RMAC in passes defended (17), which also ranks T-23rd nationally ... Compiled 46 tackles (34 solo) with 4.5 tackles for loss (-13 yards) and a sack (-6 yards) ... Forced a fumble in the playoff game at Minnesota State (Nov. 18) ... Named RMAC Player of the Week once in 2017 ... CSU-Pueblo finished the regular season 4th nationally in both interceptions (21) and team passing efficiency defense (88.95) and were 10th in scoring defense (14.3 ppg) and total defense (273.5 ypg).
D2Football.com All-America Second Team ... Don Hansen All-America Honorable Mention ... Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Second Team ... All-RMAC First Team ... All-NFFCC First Team ... Started all 12 games at center ... His his career, started 34 games at center (34 of his last 35 games) and played in 46 games on the offensive line ... The ThunderWolves scoring offense was second in the RMAC and 24th nationally at the end of the regular season ... The Pack had the 4th best rushing attack in the conference with 191.5 yards per game and led the league in completion percentage (60.9%) ... Helped guide a 1,000 yard rusher ... CSU-Pueblo ranked 3rd in the RMAC and 33rd nationally in sacks allowed (1.27 spg) and were 5th in the conference in tackles for loss allowed (5.73 tflpg) ... Three-time Academic All-America ... Three-time Academic All-District ... 2017 Academic All-RMAC First Team.
Don Hansen All-America Honorable Mention ... Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Second Team ... All-RMAC First Team ... All-NFFCC First Team ... Started all 12 games at corner ... Finished the regular season as the RMAC leader in passes defended with 18 to rank T-7th in NCAA Division II ... Brought down six interceptions (113 return yards) to rank second in the RMAC and T-9th nationally ... Scored twice on the six interceptions ... Added 3.5 tackles for loss (-13 yards) with 45 tackles (28 solo) ... CSU-Pueblo finished the regular season 4th nationally in both interceptions (21) and team passing efficiency defense (88.95) and were 10th in scoring defense (14.3 ppg) and total defense (273.5 ypg).
THE THUNDERWOLVES IN 2017
The Pack finished the season with a 9-3 overall record, while their 9-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference mark was good for a share of the league title. CSU-Pueblo advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs as a seven seed. The ThunderWolves fell 16-13 in overtime to No. 1 overall and No. 2 seed Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Pack were No. 20 nationally following the end of the regular season and moved up to No. 17 in the final poll.
The defense closed the regular season top 20 nationally in eight categories, red zone defense (3rd, 57.7%), interceptions (4th, 21), team passing efficiency defense (4th, 88.95), defensive touchdowns (7th, 5), scoring defense (10th, 14.3), total defense (10th, 273.5), turnovers gained (11th, 27) and passing yards allowed (18th, 164.6).
The Pack also finished the regular season top 25 in Division II in turnover margin (17th, 1,0), net punting (20th, 36.8), kick returns (23rd, 23.0), red zone offense (23rd, 88%) and scoring offense (24th, 37.6).
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.