Headlining the InstantScouting 2017 Top Football Championship Subdivision Senior Defensive Lineman List is the runner up to the Buck Buchanan Award winner and preseason STATS FCS All-America, PJ Hall.
Hall added 13 sacks to his career total along with a league-best 24.5 tackles for a loss in 2016. He now has 36 for his career, a mark tied with Andre Finley for the most in school history and just two shy of Lamar’s Walter Johnson for the Southland Conference record. He has racked up double-digit sack totals in each of his first three seasons as a Bearkat, and no less than 19 tackles for loss.
Position, Name, Class, School, Hometown, Ht & Wt
DL Pat Afriyie, Senior, Colgate, Sandy Hook, Connecticut, 6’2, 240 lbs
Posted 10 sacks for minus-83 yards and 21 tackles-for-loss for minus-108 yards … Led Patriot League and ranked fourth nationally in both categories … Fourth on team with 51 tackles, including 31 solo … Also led Raiders with five quarterback hurries … Added two fumble recoveries — both against Holy Cross — two pass breakups and one blocked kick.
DL Jonathan Petersen, Senior, San Diego, Poway, California 6’1, 230 lbs
In 2015 received USD’s Outstanding Lineman Award for defense and was selected All-PFL Second Team for defense… Named to PFL Honor Roll… Ranked fifth on the team with 51 tackles (24 solo)… Let Toreros in tackles for loss with 16 (-87 yards), quarterback sacks with 8 (-68 yards), quarterback hurries with 8, and forced fumbles with 3… Totaled 7 tackles in three games (Dayton, Drake, Campbell) and notched 2 sacks for -25 yards against Campbell.
DL Abdullah Anderson, Senior, Bucknell, Galloway, New Jersey, 6’4, 295 lbs
First Team All-Patriot League defensive lineman … Preseason All-Patriot League selection … named Bison Athlete of the Week Oct. 24 after eight tackles, 2.5 TFL and two sacks vs. Lafayette … earned first career Patriot League weekly award when named Defensive Player of the Week Nov. 21 after totaling five tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 1 pass breakup and 2 blocked field goals vs. Fordham … earned George L. McGaughey Memorial Award as the outstanding player in the Lafayette game and the George Rieu Award as the outstanding defensive lineman at team’s postseason awards banquet … started all 11 games on the defensive line for a third straight year … ranked fourth on team with 55 tackles … also totaled 13.5 tackles for loss, five pass breakups and two blocked kicks.
DL P.J Hall, Senior, Sam Houston State, Seguin, Texas, 6’1, 310 lbs
Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year … 2016-17 First Team All-Southland Conference … finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award (nation’s top defensive player), finishing second in the voting … two-time Southland Conference Player of the Week (9/19, 11/7) … first won it after picking up nine tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss and two pass breakups in win at Lamar (9/17) … that effort also earned him STATS FCS National Player of the Week honors … also was named the SLC Defensive Player of the Week after picking up seven tackles, including four sacks and five tackles for loss, in win over McNeese (11/5) … the four sacks against the Cowboys tied the Sam Houston single-game record, making him just the fourth player in program history with four sacks in a single games … led Southland with 13.0 sacks … led Southland with 24.5 tackles for loss … was fifth in the league with three forced fumbles … played in and started all 13 games for the Kats , finishing with 56 total tackles.
DL Darius Jackson, Senior, Jacksonville State, Bessemer, Alabama, 6’3, 237 lbs
Jackson is the 2016 preseason OVC Defensive Player of the Year and appeared in 14 games, starting 11 at the defensive end position as a redshirt sophomore…finished the season with 56 tackles, including a season-high eight tackles against FBS foe Auburn and Charleston Southern…had four or more tackles in seven of his 14 games…was second on the team in sacks with 7.0, recorded 1.5 sacks twice.
DL Jay-Tee Tiuli, Senior, Eastern Washington, Seattle, Washington, 6’4, 315 lbs
Earned first team All-Big Sky honors (as selected by the league’s head coaches). He played in 13 games, starting seven at nose tackle while splitting time with senior Matthew Sommer. Tiuli finished his junior season with 33 tackles and four sacks.
DL Greg Menard, Senior, North Dakota State, Lakeville, Minnesota, 6’2, 238 lbs
Second team All-America pick by HERO Sports and third team by the Associated Press and STATS…All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first team…Made all 14 starts at right defensive end…Sixth on the team with 62 tackles…Finished third in the MVFC with 11.0 sacks and was fourth in the league with 15.5 tackles for loss…Recorded sacks in 12 of 14 games…Also credited with four quarterback hurries…Forced two fumbles, recovered two fumbles, and blocked a field goal.
DL Nate Tanguay, Senior, North Dakota State, Mukwonago, Wisconsin, 6’4, 293 lbs
All-America candidate at defensive tackle in his final season…Physical player who frequently occupies double-teams and is a major force in the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s top rushing defense…Had an impressive junior year cut short due to a knee injury in Game 9…Started all 40 games in his career before the injury…Voted team captain as a junior.
DL Keontre Anderson, Senior, Jackson State, Canton, Mississippi, 6’4, 230 lbs
The senior defensive end was selected as a third team member to STATS FCS All-America team. Anderson, who was named the SWAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and an All-SWAC first team member earlier this summer, was led the FCS in tackles for loss (25.5) in 2016. The Canton native also had 55 tackles, nine sacks and six quarterback hurries.
DL Kurt Holuba, Senior, Princeton, Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, 6’3, 260 lbs
Holuba earned third-team All-America honors after leading Princeton to top defense in the league and the Ivy League championship … named a Bushnell Cup finalist for the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honor … first-team All-Ivy League selection … co-recipient of the John P. Poe – Richard W. Kazmaier, Jr. Football Trophy, the top honor given at the season-ending Lourie Football Banquet … led all Ivy players with seven sacks in conference play.
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