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Football Players Honored by GPAC

Football Players Honored by GPAC

Post-season honors are being announced as the football season is coming to a close and several Doane College gridiron players have been named to the GPAC All-Conference list.  The Tigers finished this season with a 4-7 record overall, winning their last two games.

Leading the way and earning First Team All-GPAC honors is Jake Ryba.  Ryba, a senior from Grand Island, is a two-time honoree on the offensive line.  Ryba anchored an offensive line that help produce nearly 300 yards in total offense per game and 26 touchdowns.

Earning Second Team All-GPAC honors for the Tigers was defensive lineman Selau Sunia.  Sunia, a junior from Denver, Colo., posted 60 total tackles.  He had seven tackles for loss, including three sacks, to go along with three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Doane had 12 players on the honorable mention list.  On the offensive line, Cole Weihe and Jake Conley were recognized.  Weihe is a junior from Lincoln and Conley is a sophomore from Omaha.

Quarterback Anthony Dunn, a sophomore from Papillion, threw for 1,885 yard while completing 57.4-percent of his passes.  He threw 15 touchdown passes and averaged 171.4 yards per game.

Running back Michael Vargas, a senior from El Paso, Texas, rushed for 521 yards and averaged 3.6 yards per carry.  He collected all 10 rushing touchdowns on the season for Doane.  Vargas added 11 receptions for 67 yards.

Fullback Tim Reed, a junior from Syracuse, rushed for 177 yards while averaging 5.5 yards per carry.  He had 14 receptions for 55 yards.

Tyrone Curry, a freshman from Lincoln, led Doane with 41 receptions for 444 yards.  He had 10 receiving touchdowns.  Curry also led the team with 479 yards on kickoff returns.

Eamonn Feeney, a sophomore from Maxwell, finished the season with 37 receptions for 421 yards and five touchdowns.

Jeremiah Saffold, a sophomore from Papillion, totaled 409 yards on 27 receptions, an average of 15.1 yards per catch.  He caught four passes for touchdowns.  Saffold also completed two passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Dalton Ryba, a freshman from Grand Island, led the team with 92 total tackles, including seven for lost yardage.  He had one sack and a fumble recovery while earning College Fanz Defensive Player-of-the-Game honors during the Tigers' match-up with Avila.

Clayton Kolling, a sophomore from Crawford, posted 47 total tackles for Doane.  He led the team with 10.5 tackles for loss.  Kolling added one sack for the Tiger defense.

Vince Martinez, a sophomore from El Paso, Texas, finished with 50 total tackles and led the team with three interceptions.  He set a school record with a 100-yard return of an interception against Dordt.

Andrew Nielsen, a sophomore from North Platte, went 10-of-14 in field goal opportunities, hitting a long of 42 yards.  He also converted on 24-of-26 point after try (PAT) attempts.