Headlining the InstantScouting 2017 Top Division Three Senior Wide Receivers and Tight Ends List is Washington & Jefferson College standout wide out Jesse Zubik.
In 2016, Zubik had one of the top statistical seasons in Washington & Jefferson program and Presidents’ Athletic Conference history, recording 97 receptions for 1,413 yards and 18 touchdowns in 11 games, including 84 catches, 1,316 yards and 16 touchdowns during the regular season. His season totals were among the top marks in W&J and PAC lore, while he also passed Alex Baroffio (2010-13) for the W&J career receiving yardage list, wrapping up his junior season with 3,348 yards. Zubik posted six games over 100 yards, and two over 200 yards receiving. He registered double-digit catches in four games, including a W&J record 17 grabs on Oct. 8 against Carnegie Mellon, when he went over 200 yards for the first time in his career and hauled in a record-tying four touchdowns. Among all Division III receivers, Zubik led the nation in touchdowns, ranked second in yards, third in yards per game and seventh in receptions per game.
WR Jesse Zubik, Senior, Washington & Jefferson College, Sewickley, Pennsylvania, 5’10, 180 lbs
Zubik claimed a spot on the preseason All-America First Team from each magazine and was tabbed as the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year by Lindy’s. The 5-10 wide receiver was a unanimous Second Team All-American following a record-breaking 2016 campaign, garnering the attention from the American Football Coaches Association, D3football.com and the Associated Press Little All-America teams.
WR Koree Reed, Senior, Hartwick College, Baldwinsville, New York, 6’1, 185 lbs
Associated Press Little All-America First Team … AFCA All-America First Team … D3football.com All-East Region First Team … Empire 8 Conference First Team … Empire 8 Second Team All-Conference (All-Purpose) … NCAA Division III statistical champion in the categories of receiving yards (1,606) and receiving yards per game (160.6) … set a pair of NCAA Division III records for highest average gain per reception … received Roy Chipman Memorial Award for Hartwick Male Athlete of the Year … named Team MVP … ranked second nationally in yards per reception (27.69) … ranked third in the country in receiving touchdowns (17) … sixteenth in the nation in all-purpose yards (167.10) … led the Empire 8 Conference in five different statistical categories (all-purpose yards, receiving touchdowns, receiving yards, receiving yards per game, yards per reception).
WR Brandon Shed, Senior, Hobart and William Smith, West Palm Beach, Florida, 6’4, 205 lbs
Voted to the 2017 D3football.com preseason All-America first team … Lindy’s Sports preseason All-America first team … Hero Sports preseason All-America second team.
In 2016 earned D3football.com All-America first team … ECAC North All-Star first team … D3football.com All-East first team … All-Liberty League first team … Bill Middleton Memorial Football Award … Started all 11 games … Ranked third in the nation in receiving touchdowns with a Hobart record 17 … Ranked fifth in the nation in receiving yards with a Hobart record 1,284 … Ranked ninth in the nation in receiving yards per game with a Hobart record 116.7 … Also ranked in the top 40 in the nation in total touchdowns (21st, 17), points (25th, 102), points per game (29th, 9.3) and receptions per game (39th, 6.7).
WR Deontez Alexander, Senior, Franklin College, Indianapolis, Indiana 6’3, 180 lbs
Alexander is the leading returning receiver for the Grizzlies and led the team with 64 receptions for 996 yards and 15 touchdowns last season ad was a first team All-HCAC selection in 2016.
WR Darius Adams, Senior, US Coast Guard Academy, Nassau, Bahamas 6’0, 170 lbs
Darius Adams, playing his first year of football at any level, has a breakout season setting or tying three records and earning several postseason accolades.
Adams was named to the 2016 New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England Team. He was also named the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Rookie of the Year and was a first team all conference selection.
He broke single-season school records with 1,054 receiving yards and 13 touchdown receptions while also tying the single-game record of three touchdown receptions twice this season. He was second on the team with 47 receptions.
Adams led the NEFC and was 17th nationally with his 1,054 yards and 13 touchdowns (11th nationally). Adams was second in the conference with 105.4 yards per game (21st nationally) and 22.4 yards per reception (13thnationally).
Darius Adams won the national championship in the long jump at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Mount Union.
Adams, making his first NCAA championship appearance, posted the two best jumps in the championship during the opening flight as he went 23 feet, 11.75 inches on his second jump before a leap of 24 feet, 1.5 inches on his third jump to finish first of the nine qualifiers for the finals and that would hold up in the finals.
WR Shedrick Davis, Senior, Franklin College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 6’2, 210 lbs
After one of the best seasons by a receiver in Louisiana College history, junior Shedrick Davis was selected to the 2016 D3football.com All-South Region Team. Davis is the third receiver in school history to be named to the All-Region Team, and the first since D’Mario Parker following the 2012 season.
Shedrick Davis caught 79 passes on the season for 1,078 yards and 13 touchdowns. His 2016 totals in receptions and touchdowns were the second most for a single season in Louisiana College history. Against East Texas Baptist, the Baton Rouge native broke the school record for touchdown grabs in a game with four and against Hardin-Simmon tied the record for most receptions in a single game with 14. He had six games with more than 100 yards receiving this year and three games with 10 or more catches.
WR Ryan Kuhl, Senior, North Central College, Naperville, Illinois 6’4, 205 lbs
Started all 12 games at wide receiver. Caught 58 passes for 823 yards and a CCIW-leading 12 touchdowns. Ranked 22nd nationally in touchdown receptions per game. Earned CCIW Player of the Week honors after catching nine passes for 157 yards and two TDs in 59-17 win over Elmhurst. First Team All-CCIW.
WR Sam Markham, Senior, Central College, Atlantic, Iowa, 6’3, 210 lbs
A stellar season by Sam Markham earned him a spot on the D3football.com all-America squad’s third team.
Markham is the 36th all-American in program history and the first since free safety Jacob Edleman was bestowed with the honors in 2014. He’s the first offensive All-American for Central since offensive guard Nick Reed in 2006 and the first ever Central wide receiver to receive the honor.
A first-team all-Iowa Conference selection this season, Markham led all of Division III with 10.5 catches per game after snaring 105 passes. After racking up 1,215 receiving yards, Markham finished ninth nationally in that category. He also had 12 touchdown receptions on the year, giving him the 22nd most in the country.
WR Nate Hodapp, Senior, Hendrix College, Mansfield, Texas, 6’0, 193 lbs
In 2016 earned All-Southern Athletic Association First Team…2015 All-SAA Honorable Mention…D3football.com National Team of the Week on 10/25/16
All-SAA First Team wide receiver with 72 catches for 1,016 yards, 10 touchdowns, 14.1 yards per catch and two carries for 23 yards…ranked 27th in the nation in receptions per game and yards per game, 29th in receiving yards and 40th in touchdowns…ranked second in the SAA in receiving yards per game and yards, third in catches and catches per game, fourth in receiving touchdowns, sixth in all-purpose yards and all-purpose yards per game and ninth in yards per catch…broke school record in receiving yards, receptions and touchdowns and was fifth in all-purpose yards per game and sixth in all-purpose yards
WR Garrett McKay, Senior, Whitworth, Tacoma, Washington, 5’9, 180 lbs
Garrett McKay who finished with 72 catches for 1,024 yards with eight touchdown catches last season. A punt returner and kick returner as well, McKay led Whitworth with 1,409 all-purpose yards (140.9 ypg).
TE Cody Bain, Senior, Coast Guard, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 5’11, 185 lbs
Bain had an outstanding season leading the Bears with 55 receptions to go with 783 yards and three touchdowns. He had four games this season with over 100 receiving yards. He has 85 receptions for 1,187 yards and five touchdowns in his career.
TE Michael Iacono, Senior, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Harleysville, Pennsylvania, 5’11, 205 lbs
Iacono rounded out the second team selections for Rose-Hulman. The tight-end was second on the team with 45 receptions for 447 yards this year. Iacono also caught a career high 5 touchdown passes in 2016.
TE Jackson Hull, Senior, University of St. Thomas, Mahtomedi, Minnesota 6’3, 233 lbs
Hull has earned 2017 D3 Preseason All-American Honors.
TE Garrett Armstrong, Senior, Hampton, New Jersey, Dorado Hills, California 6’4, 215 lbs
Armstrong was named to the second team offense as a tight end.
Armstrong earned his second career selection on the All-MAC team, being named to the first team as a junior this past season. He proved to be one of the best tight ends in the league posting 390 yards on 36 receptions, both topping tight ends in the MAC.
His five touchdowns were also best for tight ends in the MAC as well as his 39.0 yards per-game receiving this season. Armstrong enjoyed his finest outing of the year against FDU-Florham where he caught five passes for 87 yards and a season-high two scores. He went over 50+ yards receiving four times as well as grabbing five or more receptions four times.
Armstrong was one of nine MAC football players selected to the All-East Region team.
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