USD’s Alderson, Schellhammer on All-Northwest Region team

USD's Alderson, Schellhammer on All-Northwest Region team Brian Alderson and Tim Schellhamer of the South Dakota Coyotes football team, were named to the All-Northwest Region Team by Don Hansen's Football Gazette.

Alderson, who was earlier named a third-team Little-All-American by the Associated Press, was named to the Football Gazette's second team offense at offensive tackle.

Alderson, who was recently named one of eight finalists for the inaugural Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award which is presented by the Manheim Touchdown Club of Lancaster, PA, was a key contributor on the South Dakota football team that set or tied 25 school records, including average points per game at 38.0 and total offense with 444.2 yards per game.

A starter for 25 straight games since his sophomore season, Alderson recorded 58 knockdown blocks and anchored an offensive line that produced the nation's eighth-best rushing attack. He permitted just two sacks on a squad that gave up just 18 quarterback sacks on the season.

Schellhammer, the NCC Co-Defensive Line MVP, was named to the Football Gazette's third team on the defensive line. Schellhammer, who was an honorable mention All-American by D2football.com, finished his senior campaign with 59 tackles, including 14 for loss and 11 quarterback sacks, which was 13th best in the nation. He was also a first-team All-NCC selection.

In addition to his play on the field, Schellhammer was awarded for his performance in the classroom, as he was named to the CoSIDA College Division Academic All-District VII first-team with a 3.552 grade point average in mathematics education. During his standout career, Schellhammer recorded 170 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 22 quarterback sacks, and forced seven fumbles. He was a three-year starter with 33 starts in 36 games.

The Coyotes, who finished 9-2 and 4-2 for second in the North Central Conference, were ranked as high as seventh in the American Coaches Football Association Poll, finishing the year 16th in the AFCA's final poll.

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