SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Mike Seawell and Johan Williams of Midland University have been named to the top unit of the All-Great Plains Athletic Conference football team.
The Warriors had 14 other players earn either second-team or honorable mention recognition. The teams were selected following a vote of league coaches on Sunday.
Seawell was named to the team as a punt return specialist while Williams, a lineman, was named to the first-team defense. Seawell, a senior from Valley Springs, California, was also a second-team selection at receiver.
“Mike was our do-everything guy on our football team,” Midland coach Jeff Jamrog said. “He blocks, catches balls, runs jet sweeps, and then obviously returns kicks.”
Seawell led the GPAC in punt returns with 213 yards on 17 returns. He averaged 12.5 yards per return. He was also eighth in the league with 45 receptions. He averaged 12.1 yards per catch and scored two touchdowns. On the ground, Seawell rushed 27 times for 213 yards.
Williams, a senior from Mateca, California, topped the league in sacks with 10.
Joining Seawell as second-team picks were tight end Jacob Ellis, offensive lineman Daniel Jahn, punter Camdon Griffiths and linebacker Wyatt Tremayne.
Offensive linemen Alex Boyer and Ethan Butler, receiver Darrin Gentry, linebacker Jett Hampton, defensive lineman Tyler Koch, defensive backs Ashton Ellis and Ray Rush, running backs Keenan Smith and Lukas Vopnford and freshman receiver/kick return specialist Dalton Tremayne were honorable mention picks.
“We had six well-deserved first and second team student-athletes representing Midland,” Jamrog said. “Our second-team guys like Jacob, Daniel, Camdon, and Wyatt all played excellent football for us. We’ve got a number of these guys back next year. I think the future looks bright here at Midland.”
The Warriors finished 7-4 to record their third-straight winning season.
This season Midland went 7-4 on the gridiron for their third straight winning season. They have 20 wins since Jeff Jamrog took over, which is tied for the third most in the conference. They also swept their fellow Nebraska-based GPAC schools (Concordia, Doane, and Hastings) for the first time since 2010.
Quarterback Trent Solsma of Morningside was named the GPAC Offensive Player of the Year while Joel Katzer of the Mustangs and Bryce Van Beek of Northwestern were named the Co-Defensive Players of the Year.
Steve Ryan of Morningside was named the league’s Coach of the Year.