Truman State places eight football players on GLVC first team

The Truman Bulldog Football team had eight first-team all-Great Lakes Valley Conference honorees and 12 players overall were selected in 13 positions by league coaches announced by the conference office on Wednesday.

The Bulldog defense had four first-team picks highlighted by senior defensive tackle Jeramey Dockery, junior defensive lineman Nic Abbate, junior linebacker Matthew Bell and senior defensive back Tremaine Millender. Junior linebacker Conner Nagel and redshirt freshman defensive back Austin Zoda were second team selections.

Junior running back Garrett White, senior wide receiver Dallas Grier and senior offensive lineman Eric Stone were the first-team choices on the offensive side of the ball while senior quarterback Conrad Schottel was named honorable mention.

Junior punter Jacob Lamp was selected as first-team member and joined on the special teams by second-team picks senior kicker Derek Koon and senior kick returner Tremaine Millender.

Individual All-Conference Bios:

First Team Special Teams:

Punter Jacob Lamp: Led the GLVC in punting with a 41.1 yards per punt average while also being ranked nationally overall in 19th position with a season mark of 42.0 yards per punt. In 48 boots,

Lamp had 13 go for over 50 yards including a season-long 74 yard punt against Missouri S&T. Lamp had 23 punts land inside the 20 and had just 10 returned for a total of 10 yards.

The Bulldogs were second in the nation in punt defense and third in the nation in net punting. This is the first all-conference honor for Lamp and he was twice named the GLVC Special Teams Player of the Week.

First Team Defense:

Junior Nic Abbate: Led Truman in tackles for loss with 16.5 and quarterback sacks with 5.5 and finished with 52 tackles in 11 games.

He was sixth in GLVC only stats in tackles for loss per game at 1.07 and tied for eighth in sacks per game at 0.8. Abbate was credited with a tackle for loss in each game this season with a season-high four in a victory at William Jewell. This is the first all-conference honor for Abbate.

Junior Matthew Bell: Led Truman's defense with 83 total tackles with 10 for loss and five sacks. Was tied for seventh in conference-only stats in tackles per game at 7.1 and tied for third in tackles for loss at 0.71. Had a season-high 11 stops against Saint Joseph's (Ind.) and had 10 tackles with an interception against Grand Valley (Mich.) State in week two. It is the first all-conference honor for Bell.

Senior Jeramey Dockery: Finished the season with 70 total tackles with 7.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks.

He had two fumble recoveries, which tied for first in GLVC stats. Dockery was tied for ninth in the conference in tackles for loss per game at 0.93.

Dockery had a season-high 14 tackles in a win against William Penn (Iowa) and had 13 against Saint Joseph's (Ind.) It is the second straight year for an all-conference selection as he was an honorable mention all-MIAA pick as a junior.

Senior Tremaine Millender: Played on both sides of the ball and finished with 46 tackles, five for loss and one sack.

Millender averaged 4.6 tackles per conference games, good for 32nd overall. As a kick returner, Millender set a new conference record by averaging 37.2 yards per return, including a 100-yard touchdown against Southwest Baptist in the season opener that netted him the GLVC Special Teams Player of the Week.

It was the third all-conference award for Millender as he was an honorable mention selection in the MIAA following the 2012 and 2010 seasons.

First-Team Offense:

Senior Dallas Grier: Was the Bulldogs top receiver for the second straight year with 53 catches for 590 yards.

He was fifth in the GLVC with a 63.8 yards per game mark and averaged 5.8 receptions per conference game, which ranked fourth.

Had 10 catches in three games this season and had a high of 132 yards in the season finale against Indianapolis.

Grier finished second in all-time Truman receptions with 214 and third in receiving yards with 2,763.

This is Grier's fourth all-conference award after being named second-team all-MIAA in 2012 and two honorable mentions in 2011 and 2010.

Senior Eric Stone: Part of the offensive line unit that led the GLVC in sacks allowed with four in seven league games and 11 overall.

Truman was 16th in Division II in pass sacks allowed while also rushing for the most yards as a team in three seasons. This is the first all-conference honor for Stone.

Junior Garrett White: Led the GLVC in rushing yards per game at 94.7 and was second in scoring with eight touchdowns, seven rushing, one receiving.

He finished with the most yards rushing by a Bulldog in 10 seasons with 995 yards on 169 carriers in 10 games.

He went over 100 yards rushing in four games with a season high 158 against Kentucky Wesleyan that earned him GLVC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

White added 12 receptions and six kick returns for 1,289 all-purpose yards to lead the Bulldogs in that category. This is the first all-conference honor for White.

Second Team Defense:

Linebacker Connor Nagel: Posted 69 total tackles with three for loss and a half sack. Had one fumble force and one fumble recovery in all 11 games played and started.

He averaged 6.3 tackles per GLVC game, good for 15th overall. He had a season-high 14 stops against Saint Joseph's (Ind.) on November 9. This is the first all-conference honor for Nagel.

Defensive Back Austin Zoda: As a redshirt freshman, Zoda finished second on the Bulldogs in total tackles with 71 while adding a pair of interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

He had 10 tackles or more in three straight games with a team season high 15 against Grand Valley (Mich.) State.

He earned GLVC Defensive Player of the Week following a one interception, two fumble recovery performance against Missouri S&T.

Second Team Special Teams:

Kicker Derek Koon: Finished his career with 49 field goals, tops among all-time Truman kickers. Koon scored 69 points this season with 33 of 35 extra points and 12 of 23 on field goal attempts.

On kickoffs, Koon averaged 58.2 yards per kick with eight touchbacks.

This is the third all-conference accolade for Koon as he was twice named honorable mention in the MIAA.

Courtesy Truman State University