December 19, 2012

Brandon Williams named AP All-American

Joplin, Mo. -- Missouri Southern senior defensive lineman Brandon Williams has been named to his fourth All-America team as the Associated Press has tabbed him as a first-team selection to the "Little All-America" Team. 

Williams, a 6-3, 325 native of Kirkwood, Mo. earns AP All-America status for the second-straight season and picks up his fourth-different nod this year, after being named an All-America selection by Daktronics, the AFCA and the Beyond Sports Network, as well. 

The AP Little All-America Team recognizes players from Division II, III and the NAIA. 

This year, Williams has been named a first-team selection by both the American Football Coaches Association and the Beyond Sports Network, where he was their national Defensive Player of The Year. He was also the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year and was the Daktronics Region Defensive Player of the Year. 

Williams became the all-time sacks leader for the school and finished with 27 in his career at Missouri Southern. He had at least a half sack in all but three games this year and had a tackle for a loss in all but one game. He finished the season second on the team with 68 tackles, 31 solo, including 16.5 for a loss of 58 yards. He had 8.5 sacks for a loss of 39 yards, two pass break ups, eight quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles and one safety on the season and finished third in the MIAA in sacks and tackles for a loss, while ranking second in forced fumbles. 

Williams has accepted an invitation to participate in the Senior Bowl in January. The complete All-America list is below. 

ASSOCIATED PRESS LITTLE ALL-AMERICA TEAM

FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
QB - Zach Zulli, junior, 6-foot-2, 188 pounds, Shippensburg
RB - Franklyn Quiteh, junior, 5-10, 203, Bloomsburg
RB - Michael Hill, senior, 5-11, 205, Missouri Western State
RB - James Clay, senior, 5-10, 190, Mount St. Joseph
OL - Garth Heikkinen, senior, 6-4, 315, Minnesota-Duluth
OL - Manase Foketi, senior, 6-5, 320, West Texas A&M
OL - Mark Jackson, senior, 6-5, 322, Glenville State
OL - Ryan Schraeder, senior, 6-6, 305, Valdosta State
OL - Curtis James, senior, 6-3, 304, St. Thomas (Minn.)
WR - Jeff Janis, junior, 6-3, 215, Saginaw Valley
WR - Isaiah Voegeli, senior, 6-0, 185, Merrimack
All-purpose player - John Brown, junior, 5-11, 171, Pittsburg State
Place-Kicker - Sergio Castillo, junior, 5-11, 175, West Texas A&M

DEFENSE
DL - Brandon Williams, senior, 6-3, 325, Missouri Southern
DL - Ethan Westbrooks, junior, 6-4, 275, West Texas A&M
DL - B.J. Stevens, junior, 6-2, 245, California (Pa.)
DL - D.J. Chappell, senior, 6-1, 285, Huntingdon
LB - Corey Johnson, senior, 5-10, 240, Catawba
LB - Leron Furr, junior, 6-3, 220, Fort Valley State
LB - Ronell Williams, sophomore, 6-1, 230, West Chester
DB  - Rontez Miles, senior, 6-1, 210, California (Pa.)
DB - Nick Driskill, senior, 5-10, 205, Mount Union
DB - Jack Moro, junior, 5-11, 190, St. Cloud State
DB - Trelan Taylor, senior, 5-10, 195, Chadron State
Punter - Taylor Accardi, senior, 6-2, 205, Colorado Mines

SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
QB  - Kameron Smith, senior, Winston-Salem State
RB - Rayon Simmons, senior, Winona State
RB - Scottie Williams, senior, Elmhurst
RB - Derrick Washington, senior, Tuskegee
OL - Will Ferrell, junior, Hampden-Sydney
OL - Ryan Jensen, senior, Colorado State-Pueblo
OL - Brian Clarke, junior, Bloomsburg
OL - Kevin Day, senior, Carson-Newman
OL - Markus Lawrence, senior, Winston-Salem State
WR - Brandon Boyle, junior, Castleton State
WR - Chris Bowden, senior, Wingate
All-purpose player - John Borsellino, senior, Benedictine
Place-Kicker - Allen Cain, senior, Texas Lutheran

DEFENSE
DL - Zach Moore, junior, Concordia-St. Paul
DL - Jake Metz, junior, Shippensburg
DL - David Bass, senior, Missouri Western
DL - Clay Eaton, senior, Oberlin
LB - Javicz Jones, senior, Mary Hardin-Baylor
LB - Corey Jones, senior, Lane; Kevin Lindholm, Chadron State
DB - Nate DeJong, senior, Northwest Missouri
DB - Zach Autenrieb, senior, Thomas More
DB - Abdul Kenneh, senior, New Mexico Highlands
DB - Markell Rice, senior, American International
Punter - Randy Weich, senior, Wayne State (Neb.)

THIRD TEAM
OFFENSE
QB  - Kevin Burke, sophomore, Mount Union
RB- Terrance Cobbs, junior, Cumberland (Ky.)
RB - Harvie Tuck, senior, Indiana (Pa.)
RB - Brandon Baker, junior, Carson-Newman
OL - Macon Allan, senior, Missouri Western
OL - Tom Knowlton, senior, Concordia-Moorhead
OL - Dan Matha, senior, Indiana (Pa.)
OL - Ken Van Heule, senior, Midwestern State
OL - Edmund Kugbila, senior, Valdosta State
WR - Jasper Collins, senior, Mount Union
WR - Ma'Quone Edmonds, senior, Indianapolis
All-purpose player - Tyron Laughinghouse, senior, Saint Augustine
Place-Kicker - Sam Bockshus, junior, Minnesota-Mankato

DEFENSE
DL - Dexter Davis, senior, Friends
DL - Ridge Wilson, senior, West Alabama
DL - Brad Davis, senior, Elizabeth City State
DL - Tim Taylor, senior, Thiel
LB - Nate Dreiling, junior, Pittsburg State
LB - Mike Hendrick, senior, Knox
LB - Darius Wilson, senior, Central State
DB  - Phil Terio, sophomore, Salve Regina
DB - C.J. Roberts, sophomore, Colorado State-Pueblo
DB - Brandon Dixon, junior Northwest Missouri
DB - Johnny Franco, senior, Indiana (Pa.)
Punter - Christian Hallingstad, senior, Wisconsin-La Crosse