Gassen, Ebel, Edelen named to D2Football.com, Daktronics teams

Gassen, Ebel, Edelen named to D2Football.com, Daktronics teams Three members of 2002 University of South Dakota football team have been named to a pair of all-region teams.

Senior nose tackle Bill Gassen of Rapid City has been named to the first team of the D2Football.com All-Midwest Region Team. Senior linebacker Korey Ebel of Hartley, IA, andpunter Jarrod Edelen of Vermillion were named to the second team.

In addition, Gassen, Ebel and Edelen were all selected to the Daktronics All-Region Second Team.

Earlier this fall, Gassen was named all-North Central Conference academic all-NCC, and to the third team of the Verizon Academic All American District VII team. From his nose tackle position, Gassen, recorded a league-leading 22.5 tackles for loss, including 15 solo stops. In NCC games only, Gassen had a league-high 17 TFLs or 2.12 per game.

In 11 games, Gassen finished with 81 tackles with 64 tackles, including 46 solo stops. He had five quarterback sacks, two fumble recoveries and a pass breakup. In his career, he recorded 92 solo tackles and 199 tackles overall, including 50.5 tackles for loss.

He had 13 quarterback sacks and four fumble recoveries. A criminal justice major, he has received the Pat O'Brien Student Athlete Award from Department of Political Science which is awarded to an outstanding student athlete at USD.

Ebel, a USD team captain for second straight season in 2002, started 43 straight games in his career, dating back to first game of his redshirt freshman season in 1999. In 11 games in 2002, Ebel was eighth in the NCC in tackles with 85 (38 solo), averaging 7.7 per game.

In NCC games only, Ebel was fifth in tackles with 70 or 8.8 per game. He had one sack and 30 solo tackles. He had a season high of 13 tackles in the 40-37 4OT win over NDSU and 11 tackles in the 16-10 double overtime win over Augustana on Dakota Day. Earlier this year, Ebel named first team all-NCC.

A year ago, Ebel was a second team all-NCC selection and he had an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown vs. Minnesota-Duluth on Sept. 8, 2001, which is tied for the second longest interception return in school history. In his career, Ebel had 127 solo tackles and 264 tackles. He had 18 tackles for loss, seven sacks, two fumble recoveries.

Edelen, a senior economics, mathematics and computer science major, has already been named all-NCC and selected as a First Team Verizon Academic All American. He is the first USD player since 1986 to earn a first team academic all-American honor. Edelen led the league with 41.2 yard average in conference games and averaged an NCC-best 40.9 yards per punt overall.

In league play, Edelen punted 47 times for 1,936 yards. Overall, he had a 37.6 net punting averaging. Teams averaged just 3.3 yards on his 37 punts that were returned. Edelen had the longest punt in

league play, booting a kick 66 yards vs. North Dakota State. In total, Edelen had 63 punts for 2,569 yards with 16 kicks placed inside the 20-yard line. A first team academic and all-NCC selection in 2002, Edelen was recently selected to the Cosida Academic All-American District VII First Team. He has been named Phi Beta Kappa

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and he is also a Rawlins

Scholar, Presidential Alumni Scholarship recipient, Wal-Mart Competitive Edge Scholarship winner and Technology Fellow as well as a member of two honorary societies, Mortar Board and ODK.

Last spring, he was named the Colonel Robert F. Wales Award recipient for his work in the classroom and on the football field.

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