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D2 Top 100 (not based upon NFL potential)

To see how the top 100 faired this year, click here.

1.      RB Franklyn Quiteh, Bloomsburg, Sr., 5-9, 206

Quiteh may be banged up but you can’t deny the preseason No. 1 player who finished with 2,195 yards, 29 touchdowns, and won the Harlon Hill Trophy, as the top player in Division II.  He finished his career as a four-time All-PSAC selection, and three-time All-American.  The short but compact built back lacks great speed but is smooth, finds the holes well, and was a consistent workhorse for Bloomsburg. 

2.      TE Joe Don Duncan, Dixie State, Sr., 6-4, 270

Duncan may have been the best player in the country as he dominated from the tight end position after picking up right where he left off in 2011 after missing 2012.  The 2013 AFCA All-American finished with 71 catches for 1045 yards and 13 touchdowns despite missing some time.  He was much lower on this list in the preseason due to the injury but showed in 2013 he is one of the best in Division II, regardless of position.

3.      QB Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M, Sr., 6-5, 220

The media consistently undervalues his NFL potential because he was never on TV but as usual, NFL scouts saw him, and so did I.  He was named an AFCA All-American in 2013 after throwing for 5,401 yards and 53 touchdowns.  While his system allows him to have big numbers the preseason All-American improved on his play from last year, dropping his interceptions and raising his touchdown totals.  The three-time All-Lonestar selection and consensus first-team All-American showed he is the best signal caller in Division II, by far.

4.      CB Brandon Dixon, Northwest Missouri State, Sr., 6-0, 195

While Dixon being this high and ahead of a multi-year All-American in Pierre Desir is shocking this is based on their play in 2013 and Dixon slightly edged him.  He shut down All-American Jeff Janis, jammed and pressed everyone put in front of him, and showed the ability to be a solid 10-year NFL shut down cover corner.  Dixon finished his career as a two-time All-American and two-time All-MIAA pick in his two years at NWMSU.  The Joliet JC transfer will be going to the NFL Scouting Combine and is the best corner in Division II.

5.      CB Pierre Desir, Lindenwood, Sr., 6-2, 206

Desir finished his career as one of the most decorated corners in Division II history and he deserved it.  He’s a two-time All-American, four-time All-MIAA selection.  Desir had four interceptions, eight pass breakups, and 33 tackles in 2013.  With his size and length he made it tough on all comers this year and should play beyond 2013 because he is that good of a player.  He would be here regardless of being a NFL prospect but the NFL is certainly right in coveting this guy.  He dominated at Washburn and then at Lindenwood from the first day he arrived. 

6.      C Matt Armstrong, Grand Valley State, Sr., 6-3, 290

People usually don’t want to put offensive lineman this high on a list like this but Armstrong has done it all.  He is a four-time All-GLIAC selection, 2013 AFCA All-American, consensus first-team All-American in 2013, 2013 D2 Rimington Award winner, and was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.  If not for an injury he would have played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl just like #1 and #3 on this list did.  Armstrong showed during his career he can be a dominant center and guard and should be solid at the next level as well.

7.      AP John Brown, Pittsburg State, Sr., 5-11, 170

This was a tough selection as Brown could have been a little higher but the diminutive return specialist and flanker proved dominant for the most part in 2013.  He rarely lacked gaudy numbers finishing with 1,198 yards, 14 touchdowns as a receiver and then rushed for two touchdowns, averaged 11.5 per punt return, and 32.4 per kickoff return with one score.  He was named the MIAA Special teams Player of the Year and finished his career as a two-time All-American and three-time All-MIAA selection.

8.      DE Matt Longacre, Northwest Missouri State, Jr., 6-3, 240

Longacre had a huge year in 2013 as a big riser since his second-team All-MIAA season in 2012.  He had 20.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks along with 60 tackles to earn AFCA All-America honors and MIAA Defensive Player of the Year accolades in 2013.

9.      WR Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State, Sr., 6-3, 218

While Janis had a tough day against NWMSU against the Dixon twins he still dominated with 1,572 yards and 14 touchdowns to earn GLIAC Offensive Back of the Year honors for a second consecutive year.  With his size and speed he was a mismatch and proved to be one of the best receivers in recent memory at the Division II level.

10.  DE Darius Allen, CSU-Pueblo, Jr., 6-3, 239

CSU-Pueblo has been very good lately and Allen has been a big reason for the success on defense.  He won the Gene Upshaw Award in 2013 with 23.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks.  Allen was a first-team All-RMAC pick and Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the league after earning second-team honors in 2012 with 10 tackles for loss and three sacks.  He should be competing with Harman for the No. 1 player in 2014.

11.  DE Jake Metz, Shippensburg, Sr., 6-7, 255

It’s hard not to put Metz higher because he certainly finished his career on a stronger than expected note.  There were so many great performances this year and with him only being #10, it shows.  This three-time All-PSAC pick, two-time All-American, and finished with 18 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a senior.  He wasn’t only impressive in their big game against Bloomsburg but had several games where you just watch in amazement at some of what he can do.

12.  DE Larry Webster, Bloomsburg, Sr., 6-7, 250

The former basketball player only had two years on the football field and went from unknown to a top 15 player on this list to finish his career.  He is a two-time All-PSAC selection who had 16 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks in 2013.  His speed, length, and pass rush made him lethal.  If he had become a big time force against the run he could have been in the top 5 on this list.

13.  WR Trevor Harman, Shippensburg, Jr., 6-2, 210

Harman just keeps producing as a two-time All-PSAC pick and two-time All-American.  He had 1,421 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2013 after hauling in 75 passes for 1,200 yards and 19 scores in 2012.  Harman could be the preseason No. 1 player for next year.

14.  DE Ethan Westbrooks, West Texas A&M, Sr., 6-4, 275

While he started the year off slow Westbrooks still finished with 19.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and 10 hurries in 2013.  The two-time All-American once again proved to be one of the best at the Division II level.  He has had a long road and has the boom or bust factor at the next level but either way he was one of the best in college last year.  His power moves, speed, and ability to push the pocket made him dangerous and one player that coordinators and quarterbacks feared.

15.  OG Brian Clarke, Bloomsburg, Sr., 6-3, 305

Clarke bulked up from 290 to 305 since last year and showed great toughness and strength this year.  While he isn’t the biggest frame guy he is mean, strong, and plays the way you like a guard to play.  The two-time All-American and three-time All-PSAC selection could even be argued to go higher but as stated before, there are a lot of great players this year!

16.  AP Marquez Clark, Central Oklahoma, Jr., 5-11, 190

Yes, Clark is just a junior and ahead of some major names in the senior class but he deserves it.  The 2012 NJCAA All-American came with hype and lived up to it.  He had 1,348 yards and five touchdowns receiving and then averaged 18.1 yards per punt return with two scores and 23.1 per kickoff return.  Clark was a first-team All-MIAA pick.

17.  OT Matt Feiler, Bloomsburg, Sr., 6-7, 325

While he was not a big name entering the year, the four-year starter and two-time All-PSAC selection, really earned the big name in 2013.  He deserved his All-America mention and showed good strength, consistent play, and the ability to drive opponents as a senior.  He went from a guy some weren’t sure on to a player that everyone who saw him agreed he was one of the best in the country by season’s end.

18.  DE Zach Moore, Concordia-St. Paul, Sr., 6-6, 278

If you saw Moore play you could even argue he may be higher.  While his production was not quite as good as you hope on paper he still dictated plays and showed to be one of the best in the country.  His length, speed, strength, and motor were impressive in the three tapes I watched.  Moore finished as a three-time All-NSIC selection and had 9.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a senior. 

19.  DT Jamie Meder, Ashland, Sr., 6-2, 304

While Meder isn’t the biggest he is strong, brings a consistent rush, and was a productive player for Ashland.  He was a four-time first-team All-GLIAC selection and back to back winter of the GLIAC Defensive Lineman of the Year Award, as well as two-time All-American.  He had 88 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and three sacks in 2013.

20.  S Michael Green, Lenoir-Rhyne, Sr., 6-0, 195

This three-time first team All-SAC safety and one-time All-SAC return specialist has become one of the best in the country.  He was the 2013 SAC Defensive Player of the Year with 88 tackles, eight tackles for loss, and eight interceptions.  Green isn’t the fastest guy but a good tackler, very active, and has good ball skills.

21.  LB Carlos Fields, Winston-Salem State, Sr., 6-2, 220

As expected, Fields had another monster season.  He is a three-time All-CIAA selection and was the 2013 CIAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year.  Fields had 93 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and two interceptions as a senior after being named the CIAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 with 117 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. 

22.  AP Rondell White, West Chester, Sr., 5-10, 185

White is one of the best all-purpose players in the nation and showed it once again with 1,989 rushing yards, 843 receiving yards, and 275 kickoff return yards as a senior.  He was named an AFCA All-American and a two-time All-PSAC selection.  He ran for 21 touchdowns and caught three touchdowns as well as a senior.  White has been described as a step slow in previous years but showed some improved speed and plenty of toughness as a workhorse back this year.

23.  DT Charles Tuaau, Texas A&M Commerce, Jr., 6-5, 310

Tuaau transferred from Riverside JC and was so dominant he vaulted into my top 25 in just one season.  He was an AFCA All-American and the Lonestar Defensive Lineman and Defensive Player of the Year.  He had 59 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, and 12.5 sacks. 

24.  S Dexter Moody, Albany State, Sr., 6-3, 204

Moody was great in 2012 earning first-team All-SAC honors with seven interceptions and returned two of them for touchdowns.  The former Georgia State and Georgia star stepped it up a notch with first-team All-SAC honors and SIAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013.  He had 38 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, and two pass breakups.  While he didn’t have quite the interception totals he was the leader of his unit and was a player most quarterbacks threw away from.

25.  S Jack Moro, St. Cloud State, Sr., 5-11, 190

It’s hard to believe a two-time AFCA All-American is this low.  While he isn’t the most physically gifted player he is a playmaker.  Moro had seven interceptions and three pass breakups along with 75 tackles in 2013.  He would have been higher had he been more than a two-year standout and was a better athlete.  You still can’t deny his ball skills and instincts, which is why he is still one of the top 25 players in all of Division II.

26.  LB Tavarius Wilson, North Alabama, Sr., 5-11, 235

Wilson transferred from Hinds CC for 2012 and quickly became very worthy of this list.  He’s a two-time All-Gulf South pick and was the Gulf South Defensive Player of the Year and AFCA All-American in 2013.  Wilson finished with 123 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, and returned two for touchdowns as a senior.  He was the defensive leader on a team with two legit NFL prospects on his side of the ball and proved to be the very best defender in a league always filled with talent.

27.  OG William Wright, West Georgia, Sr., 6-3, 310

Wright looked as though he would be very high on this list after the 2012 season and it showed in 2013 despite moving from right to left guard.  He was an AFCA All-American and a key cog on their line.  Wright was one of the best guards I saw in Division II and a player who is vastly underrated in the grand scheme as he didn’t get as many All-America accolades as he deserved.

28.  WR Freddie Martino, North Greenville, Sr., 6-0, 195

Martino had a great season with 146 catches to lead all receivers and was named an All-American.  While he isn’t very big nor is he fast, he catches everything.  You would think a player with his numbers (1,680 yards, 12 touchdowns) would be higher but a lot of his catches wee screens and shovel passes.  Regardless, he is a definitely top 50 player to pull off the record he did this year.

29.  RB Keidrick Jackson, Midwestern State, Sr., 5-9, 210

Jackson has been one of the best in Division II over the last three years.  He was an AFCA All-American in 2013 and a three-time first-team All-Lonestar pick.  He ran or 1,177 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2013 with a 5.6 yards per carry.  He can catch out of the backfield and has some speed.  Jackson was also the 2013 Lonestar Offensive Back of the year.

30.  LB LeRon Furr, Fort Valley State, Sr., 6-3, 225

Furr has had a rough road to Fort Valley State but since arriving he has been a two-time All-American and the Co-Defensive Player of the Year for the SIAC.  He had 22.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and 80 tackles in 2013 after posting 110 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks in 2012.

31.  WR Vernon Johnson, Texas A&M Commerce, Jr., 6-1, 190

Johnson is another of the many JC transfers Commerce brought in and like Tuaau he made a huge splash in year one.  He hauled in 70 passes for 1,350 yards and 13 touchdowns.  He also averaged 33.1 yards per kickoff return.  Johnson was a big play threat who showed good hands and made many deep ball catches.

32.  QB Kevin Rodgers, Henderson State, Jr., 6-3, 215

There haven’t been many more productive passers over the last two years than him.  After his breakout year in 2012 with 4,002 yards and 41 touchdowns he has 4,807 yards and 40 touchdowns in 2013.  He’s a two-time first-team All-GAC selection, two-time GAC Offensive Player of the Year, and 2013 All-American.  Rodgers lacks a big arm but is mobile and makes plays.

33.  DE Howard Jones, Shepherd, Sr., 6-4, 238

Jones finished as a four-time All-Conference selection but didn’t quite put together an All-America season in his career.  His best year was perhaps in 2011 with 23.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks but as a senior he didn’t put it all together against the run enough to vault up the list.  Jones is a test freak and he has great speed but needs some work.  His production put him here but he could have been a top 8 player had he developed more physically and in terms of adding pass rush moves.

34.  WR Corey Washington, Newberry, Sr., 6-4, 200

When Washington played in the SCADA North-South game in Myrtle Beach as a high school senior, the recruiting analysts didn’t realize he would pass many 3 and 4 star players to be a big time college performer.  He went on to Georgia Military and then finished his career as a two-time All-SAC selection that really put up a great senior campaign.  Washington had 839 yards, 13 touchdowns, and then returned three kicks for touchdowns in 2013.  What’s so amazing about that is he had never done it and while I was in attendance against North Greenville he took a punt 85 yards for a touchdown in his first ever return. The next week he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns to solidify his spot on the D2football.com All-America list.  His only major knock is lack of elite speed, which most believe is 4.6.

35.  RB Tyler Tonderum, Southwest Minnesota State, Jr., 5-10, 191

After only doing returns in 2012 he had a breakout 2013 season with 2,145 yards and 19 touchdowns (6.3ypc).  He’s a smaller back with great vision that hits the holes hard and can break the big play.  He was an All-American and first-team All-NSIC South selection in his first year as the starter. 

36.  QB Jonathon Jennings, Saginaw Valley State, Sr., 6-2, 205

Jennings may not be big but has a good arm and is accurate.  He’s a three-time All-GLIAC pick who was named the GLIAC Player of the Year in 2013.  He threw for 3,440 yards and 31 touchdowns while completing 64.7% of his passes. 

37.  DE Blake Baker, Lenoir-Rhyne, Jr., 6-1, 215

While Baker lacks the size and length you want in a stud end he is fast, explosive, quick, and uses his hands well.  He was a no name entering the year but burst into the top 100 at No. 38 after posting 56 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, and 14.5 sacks as a junior.

38.  OT Jeremy Gatson, Shaw, Sr., 6-4, 325

Gatson is another player very underrated nationally.  He transferred from Hudson Valley CC and finished as a two-year starter at right tackle and first-team All-CIAA pick in 2013.  He’s got a strong lower body and was rarely challenged this year.

39.  OT Cole Manhart, Nebraska-Kearney, Jr., 6-6, 300

Manhart just keeps climbing and should only continue to do so.  He was a second-team All-MIAA pick at left tackle in 2012 and then earned AFCA All-America and first-team All-MIAA honors as a senior.  Manhart needs to get stronger and fill out the lower body but has good feet and really became dominant towards the end of the year. 

40.  RB Terrell Watson, Azusa Pacific, Jr., 6-2, 230

Azusa Pacific hasn’t had many players on lists like these but Watson could be the start of a growing trend for them.  He ran for 1,094 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012 but improved that total with a whopping 23 touchdowns and 1,812 yards while averaging 6.0 yards per carry in 2013.  He was the GNAC Offensive Player of the Year and with his size, power, and speed could be the top running back in Division II easily next year.

41.  DE Chris Schaudt, Minnesota State Mankato, Sr., 6-4, 272

Schaudt has been a monster from day one as a four-time All-NSIC selection and became an All-American in 2013.  He was the NSIC Co-Defensive Player of the Year with 45 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks.  There aren’t many who have been as consistent as him over the last four years.

42.  WR Torrence Allen, West Texas A&M, Sr., 6-1, 190

Allen was a monster in 2012 with 1,430 yards and 12 touchdowns earning first-team All-Lonestar honors and then improved on those numbers with 1,668 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013 earning All-America mention as well.  He isn’t the fastest but gets open and has great hands.

43.  OG Craig Watts, West Texas A&M, Sr., 6-4, 335

Watts has steadily improved each year going from a one game starter as a freshman to honorable mention All-Lonestar pick in 2011, second-team in 2012, and frist-team in 2013.  He was also named the Lonestar Offensive Lineman of the Year and All-American in 2013.  Watts is a big body with strength that excelled in the pass game.

44.  LB Chris Pope, Valdosta State, Sr., 6-1, 215

While VSU didn’t live up to the hype this year to finish as repeat champions Pope was certainly not the reason.  He tallied 92 tackles and six tackles for loss to earn first-team All-Gulf South honors for the third straight season.

45.  LB Keaton Stigger, Henderson State, Sr., 6-2, 245

Since transferring from Central Arkansas Stigger has been a monster earning first-team All-GAC honors for three straight years.  He was the GAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 with 136 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. 

46.  WR Robert Holland, Chowan, Sr., 6-3, 190

I can just hear the CIAA fans chanting underrated even at No. 45.  You could argue higher as a four-time All-CIAA selection and the 2013 CIAA Offensive Player of the Year.  He had 1,318 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior and cemented himself as the best skill player in the league.

47.  RB Glen Clinton, Chadron State, Sr., 5-10, 200

Clinton was one of the best running backs in the nation this year and proved to be one of the best over the last four years.  He is a four-time All-RMAC selection and an All-American in 2013.  He ran for 1,518 yards and 13 touchdowns to average a whopping 6.3 yards per carry as a senior.  The All-American also proved to be a quality receiver with 405 yards on 43 catches.

48.  C Matthew Reece, Tuskegee, Jr., 6-3, 310

The Tuskegee product had a dominant 2013 season earning AFCA All-America honors and first-team All-SIAC.  It’s not often an offensive lineman who has never been all-conference not only earns all-conference honors but All-America honors in their breakout season.  Reece was by far the best lineman in the SIAC in 2013.

49.  CB Brian Dixon, Northwest Missouri State, Sr., 6-0, 195

Dixon was a second-team All-MIAA pick in 2013 showing good ball skills and returned his only pick for a touchdown.  While he doesn’t cause a lot of turnovers he was a guy who many didn’t even test because he shut down his side of the field.

50.  QB Joe Clancy, Merrimack, Sr., 6-3, 210

While Clancy isn’t very mobile he is a good pocket passer who threw for 4,116 yards and 48 touchdowns as a senior.  He is a two-time Northeast 10 Offensive Player of the Year whose leadership and accuracy have made him one of the best in Division II.

51.  CB Thomas Wolfe III, Fort Valley State, Sr., 6-0, 185

The SIAC had a lot of talent this year and Wolfe was one of those top notch players.  Once again he showed great ball skills and instincts just like in 2012.  He had six picks and 17 pass breakups last season and then had eight picks and six pass breakups in 2013 to earn All-America and first-team All-SIAC honors. 

52.  CB Justin Bell, Ohio Dominican, Sr., 5-10, 185

When Bell left Toledo the coaches at Ohio Dominican may not have realized what they were getting but they were sure happy to get it.  Bell is a three-time All-GLIAC pick who was named an All-American and the GLIAC DB of the Year in 2013.  He had 100 tackles as a junior and 101 tackles as a senior while picking off five passes over the last two years.  Bell has played both corner and safety in college.

53.  K Sergio Castillo, West Texas A&M, Sr., 5-11, 195

No doubt he was the best kicker in Division II in 2013.  Castillo was 24 of 30 on field goals with a long of 55 and was a first-team All-American for the second year in a row.  This four-time All-Lonestar selection was not only accurate over his career but showed good leg strength, improving each season.

54.  QB Jon Wolf, Minnesota State Mankato, Sr., 6-4, 230

The Mankato product had a huge season in 2013 after mediocre play previously.  Wolf ran for 1,150 yards and 15 touchdowns while passing for 2,054 yards and a 17-2 ratio.  His efficiency and big plays were a big reason for their top 5 finish in the polls.  He was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Year for his play.

55.  OT Byron Dovales, IUP, Sr., 6-3, 290

It’s hard to find highly consistent players on the offensive line but that’s what Dovales brings at left tackle as a three-time first-team All-PSAC West selection.  His play in the pass and run game were both very good making him one of the best tackles in the country.

56.  OG Jamal Ellis, Newberry, Sr., 6-4, 315

Ellis had never earned accolades until this year but the big guard was a first-team All-SAC selection and probably would have won the Blocking Trophy had he been a name entering the year and played for Lenoir-Rhyne.  He was a road grader who moved the pile and despite his big body and frame he moves very well.  He’s a very underrated player who has finally got the dues he deserves based on his play in 2013.

57.  DE Troy Harris, Mars Hill, Sr., 6-4, 260

Mars Hill quietly boasted one of the best defenders in the country as Harris capped his career as a two-time first-team All-SAC selection who had 13 tackles for loss and six sacks as a junior and 20.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a senior.  He was active against the run and one of the top tacklers in Division II of all linemen with 99 on the season.

58.  DT Donnie Owens, Winston-Salem State, Sr., 6-3, 295

Owens is a two-time All-CIAA selection who had a monster 2013 season with 15.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.  Owens was good in 2012 as well with 10.5 tackles for loss and 7 sacks. 

59.  OT Joe Ray, Lenoir-Rhyne, Soph., 6-0, 245

Ray was a breakout player and a rare top 100 performer for a sophomore offensive lineman but he moved defenders all season long and created holes in the playoffs.  He was a first-team All-SAC pick at right tackle and won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the conference. 

60.  DT Robert Hayes, Shepherd, Sr., 6-2, 278

Some may feel the undersized Hayes is underrated at #60 as a back to back first-team all-conference selection and the 2013 MEC Defensive Player of the Year.  He had 24 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks in 12 games this year.  Hayes is a three-year starter and three-time all-conference selection during his career.

61.  TE Ryan Corbin, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Sr., 6-4, 250

Corbin has been good since day one and consistently improved each year.  As a freshman he had 22 catches and then in his sophomore year was All-Lonestar and finished with 36 catches for 389 yards.  In 2012, he had 400 yards and was first-team All-GAC after season team switched conferences.  He then repeated first-team All-GAC honors in 2013 but had a big time season with 914 yards and seven touchdowns. 

62.  LB Taylor McCuller, West Texas A&M, Sr., 6-2, 240

McCuller is not the fast player but he is productive and instinctive.  He was very good in the box last year racking up 152 tackles and eight tackles for loss.  He was a second-team All-Lonestar pick in 2012 and first-team in 2013.  He was also named the Lonestar Linebacker of the Year in 2013 while earning All-America honors.

63.  LB Isaiah Fleming, Cheyney, Jr., 5-11, 220

The undersized Fleming has been a terror for PSAC signal callers as a two-time first-team All-PSAC East selection with 100 plus tackles each of the last two years.  He had 22.5 tackles for loss in 2013 and was an All-American.  Next year will be a very deep linebacker class and he is among the top 5 in the country in it.

64.  LB Ronell Williams, West Chester, Jr., 6-1, 230

West Chester is firmly led on defense by Williams who was an AFCA All-American in 2012 with 119 tackles and then had another solid year in 2013 with 110 tackles.  He is a two-time first-team All-PSAC East selection and should have another big year in 2014.

65.  LB Jake Edmiston, Colorado Mesa, Sr., 6-2, 225

After missing part of the 2011 season with an injury he had a solid junior campaign with 122 tackles.  The 2012 third-team All-RMAC pick then blew that out of the water with 177 tackles and 15 tackles for loss to earn RMAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013.  He was a sideline to sideline player and the best player on his team.

66.  TE Reggie Jordan, Missouri Western State, Sr., 6-3, 235

Jordan is one of the most underrated players in Division II who I imagine would not make this list if most anyone else had done it.  He’s #65 on mine because he can play.  Jordan is a very good blocker who had 366 yards and four touchdowns in 2013 to earn All-MIAA honors for the second straight year. 

67.  Nate Dreiling, Pittsburg state, Sr., 6-4, 226

While he did not have his best season, the four-time All-MIAA selection and 2011 AFCA All-American once again earned All-America honors for the fourth straight season.  If he had improved from his sophomore campaign instead of a slight dip in production he would have made the top 20.  If this list were solely based on 2013 he would be in the 80-95 range but was given a bump because of his stellar career.

68.  S Curtis Slater, West Texas A&M, Sr., 5-9, 195

Slater burst onto the scene in 2012 with four pick and five pass breakups but really elevated his game in 2013.  He showed good ball skills and was an active tackler.  He had 114 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, five picks, and seven breakups to earn Lonestar Defensive Back of the Year and first-team All-Lonestar honors for the second straight year.

69.  S Dewey McDonald, California PA, Sr., 6-0, 215

The former Fairmont State standout transferred for 2013 after sitting out 2012 with an elbow injury.  He picked up where he left off in 2011 and was even better.  He had 89 tackles, three interceptions, three touchdowns, and eight pass breakups to earn first-team All-PSAC accolades.

70.  QB Zach Zulli, Shippensburg, Sr., 6-1, 205

After his record-breaking year in 2012 where he threw for 54 touchdowns and just 10 picks he dropped a bit but still had a prolific season.  He threw for 3,500 yards and 35 touchdowns to earn All-PSAC honors for a second straight year.  Zulli lacks the big arm and ability to make a lot happen with his feet but he’s smart, a good leader, and finds the open man.

71.  QB Chris Bonner, CSU-Pueblo, Jr., 6-7, 225

Bonner had big shoes to fill coming in from Grossmont Junior College and lived up to them.  He threw for 3,413 yards and 33 touchdowns to earn RMAC Offensive Player of the Year honors. The big, strong arm pocket passer doesn’t have good mobility but has a strong arm and can make all the throws.  He will need to be a little more efficient and improve on some things for 2014 to improve his numbers but has all the tools and there is no reason to believe he won’t.

72.  DT Lawrence Virgil, Valdosta State, Sr., 6-5, 290

With so much talent on Valdosta State the last two years I think some folks have overlooked him.  However, this three-time All-Gulf South pick is one of the best in the country and clearly a top 100 player.  He had 48 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks in 2013 after posting 52 tackles and 12 tackles for loss in 2011 and 30 tackles and 8.5 tackles for loss in 2011.

73.  QB Bo Cordell, Tusculum, Sr., 6-0, 205

Cordell has had a rollercoaster career after an All-America season and SAC Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2010. Injuries derailed his early success some but he bounced back in 2013 as the SAC Offensive Player of the Year with 3,920 yards and 25 touchdowns. 

74.  TE Michael Flacco, New Haven, 6-5, 245, Soph.

Flacco is indeed the younger brother of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.  He declared for the NFL Draft after just one year at New Haven because he is older due to spending four years in the minor leagues.  He had 591 yards and nine touchdowns in just one year at New Haven after they lost their All-Northeast 10 quarterback after last year.  He was a major target and underrated player this year.  Based on awards you may argue him being this high but those who saw him know he can play.

75.  QB D.J. Mendenhall, Urbana, Sr., 6-5, 230

After being named all-conference for four years and the Offensive Player of the Year in both the MEC and GLFC during his career many will say he should be higher.  You could make the case for sure.  He thew for 3,268 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior with 3,151 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior.  While he doesn’t have the best arm he is big, athletic, makes good decisions, and the most decorated player I have ever seen come through Urbana.

76.  CB Malcolm Butler, West Alabama, Sr., 5-11, 180

This former Hinds CC transfer was a top notch cover man earning first-team All-Gulf South honors in 2012 and 2013.  He had 45 tackles, two picks, and 16 pass breakups as a senior. 

77.  RB Daiquone Ford, Findlay, Soph., 5-7, 190

Ford was a backup in 2012 but when given the chance to start this year he just ran for 1,789 yards and 24 touchdowns.  His 5.7 yards per carry earned him first-team All-GLIAC and All-America honors.

78.  RB Anthony Taylor, Ashland, Jr., 5-11, 209

Taylor may only be a junior but he was a big play threat for Ashland with 14 touchdowns and 1,691 yards in 2013.  The two-time first-team All-GLIAC pick found a way to improve on his 1,198 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2012 and thus with his current progression should be primed for a big 2014 campaign if he stays healthy.

79.  WR Darius Davis, Henderson State, Jr., 5-11, 212

Big plays are something Davis has done the last two years in a big way.  He averaged 19.7 yards per catch in 2012 and 21.3 as a junior this season.  He is a two-time All-GAC pick who had 75 catches for 1,597 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2013.

80.  WR Dimitri Holmes, Mars Hill, Jr., 5-10, 165

Holmes has been overlooked in the national rankings over the last two years and should certainly be a top rated player next year after two very impressive seasons.  He is a two-time first-team All-SAC selection who hauled in 81 passes for 1,591 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2013 and 71 for 997 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012. 

81.  DE Julian Howsare, Clarion, Jr., 6-3, 255

I really like Howsare despite the argument he has nobody else on his team.  He can get around the edge and hustles.  You have to love his motor.  He’s a two-time first-team All-PSAC West selection who had 83 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, and 9.5 sacks in 2013 after posting 13 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks in 2012.

82.  DT Mike Pennel, CSU-Pueblo, Sr., 6-5, 363

The big Arizona State transfer made a big impression in just one year to earn first-team All-RMAC honors with 36 tackles, six tackles for loss, and three sacks.  While his numbers aren’t gaudy he was a massive nose tackle who ate blocks, controlled the line of scrimmage, and was a violent hitter.

83.  P Brandon Kliesen, CSU-Pueblo, Sr., 5-10, 221

Some say he was the best punter in Division II in 2013 after a stellar season in 2012 as well.  He is a two-time All-RMAC pick who had 19 inside the 20 and 11 touchbacks along with nine fair catches as a senior. 

84.  WR Gregory Moore, Lane, Sr., 6-4, 200

Moore had a solid year in 2012 but had the big one in 2013 with 910 yards and 11 touchdowns.  He was the best receiver in the SIAC and a first-team All-SIAC selection.  Moore is a big target with long arms, big hands, and the ability to make the jump ball catches.

85.  TE Scott Simonson, Assumption, Sr., 6-5, 255

Some would say he is underrated at #85 on this list after finishing as a two-time All-Northeast 10 selection and first-team ahead of Flacco, who is 11 spots higher.  He had 604 yards and five touchdowns this year.

86.  S Caleb Massey, North Alabama, Sr., 6-0, 226

North Alabama has another defender on this list as Massey was a first-team All-Gulf South pick for the second straight season.  He had 80 tackles, four interceptions, and four pass breakups in 11 games.  He proved to be one of the best safeties in the nation.

87.  LB Grant Singer, Mary, Jr., 6-1, 215

Singer isn’t a household name in Division II but he’s a stud.  The two-time first-team All-NSIC North selection had 118 tackles and 16.5 tackles for loss as a junior.  He was named the NSIC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and AFCA All-American for his play. 

88.  DT Kraig Akins, Western Oregon, Jr., 6-2, 290

His teammate, Benthin, was the GNAC Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2012 but he took the award in 2012 with 70 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, and eight sacks.  Akins proved to be a high motor pass rusher who made plays against the run as well. 

89.  DT Gustave Benthin, Western Oregon, Sr., 6-2, 285

The stats were down in several ways, especially in tackles with a drop from 63 to 30 in 2013 but he was still active and made plays.  Benthin attracted more double teams and was ran away from so he didn’t make quite the impact in the stat column but was still a first-team All-GNAC selection.  He finished his career as a three-time first-team selection and four-time overall honoree.

90.  CB Neiko Conway, Midwestern State, Sr., 5-10, 185

Conway has experience as a safety and corner and the 2013 first-team All-Lonestar selection proved he could have a big year at both spots.  He picked off five passes and had nine breakups with 48 tackles in 10 games. 

91.  CB Darnell Evans, Shaw, Sr., 5-8, 181

Evans is the prime example of your usual Division II all-star.  He is small but has good ball skills, can run, and is very versatile.  He was the 2010 CIAA Defensive Rookie of the Year and follow that up with six picks in 2011, four picks in 2012, and then a whopping 11 picks in 2013.  He was the 2013 CIAA Special Teams Player of the Year as well with a 29.2 kickoff return average and a 15.5 punt return average.

92.  QB Trevor Adams, Northwest Missouri State, Sr., 6-1, 200

After an average season with 2,515 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior he had a big year in 2013 with 3,065 yard and 30 touchdowns to earn MIAA Offensive Player of the Year honors.  While Adams doesn’t have great mobility or a big arm he is smart, accurate, and a good leader who deserves his spot on this list.

93.  OT Mike Nelson, Central Washington, Sr., 6-4, 305

Nelson is a four-time first-team All-GNAC selection who was the GNAC Offensive lineman of the Year in 2013.He played right tackle only during his career and while he was very good for most of the year he did struggle against the Western Oregon duo, which is why they are ahead of him.

94.  CB Dashaun Phillips, Tarleton State, Sr., 5-10, 180

Phillips was a big faller from the preseason list as he was expected to be a top 20 pick right now but after just one pick and seven pass breakups along with no mention by most All-America teams he didn’t have quite the year expected. 

95.  TE Jamie Potts, Grand Valley State, Soph., 6-3, 225

Potts is a former baseball player who has shown great improvement in two years at Grand Valley.  He had just 327 yards in 2012 but had 899 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013 to earn All-GLIAC and All-America honors.  Keep an eye on him as another very high riser in 2014.

96.  LB Colby Ring, Minnesota Duluth, Sr., 6-1, 225

The undersized linebacker had a big season for the second straight year earning first-team All-NSIC honors and then AFCA All-America honors as a senior.  He tallied just 66 tackles and eight tackles for loss but was a leader who made plays when they needed them.

97.  TE Tore’ Hurst, Washburn, Sr., 6-2, 240

Hurst had a great career and closed it out with 575 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013 to finish as a three-time All-MIAA selection.  The four-year starter proved to be a quality blocker and pass catcher who could do it all for Washburn.

98.  CB Isaiah Davis, Central Washington, Soph., 5-10, 176

Davis was a second-team All-GNAC pick in 2012 and first-team pick as a corner in 2013.  He earned second-team honors as a punt returner in 2013 and finished with six picks, eight pass breakups, and a 13.0 punt return average, with one return for a score.  Davis is an up and comer in the GNAC and should be a preseason top 50 player in Division II for 2014.

99.  LB DJ Gnader, Northwest Missouri State, Jr., 6-2, 225

The 2013 first-team All-MIAA selection led the team with 111 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, and two interceptions.  He was one of the best players in the MIAA and was a key cog to that championship defense.

100.  S/RS LJ McCray, Catawba, Sr., 6-1, 215

McCray had another big year earning first-team All-SAC honors for the third straight season.  He had 78 tackles, two sacks, eight pass breakups, and averaged 22.7 yards per kickoff return.  He has been All-SAC as both a return man and safety in his career. 

Top 10 Snubs

Here are 10 players who I imagine would be first brought up as players that should have been considered. 

WR Reuben Thomas, Northwest Missouri State, Jr., 6-2, 185

While he didn’t have a great regular season he came up big in the playoffs.  Against Lenoir-Rhyne, in the title game, he had five catches for 92 yards and two scores after seven catches for 143 yards and two scores against Grand Valley State in the semis.  He became the team leader in catches with 66 for 1,025 yards and 10 scores.  As my playoff MVP he almost made the top 100.  Had he just put up a second-team All-MIAA type of season he would have made my top 75.

PR CJ Davis Shepherd, Fr., 5-9, 182

It’s rare I would put a freshman in the top 100 and Davis almost made it this year.  He had one kickoff return for a touchdown and two punt returns for touchdowns to finish with a 38.6 kickoff return and 24.9 punt return average.  He was a big play threat all year in the return game.

AP Nathan Slaughter, West Texas A&M, Sr., 5-10, 185

Slaughter has consistently been a key player at both receiver and return specialist at WTAMU.  In 2013, he had three kickoff returns for touchdowns and averaged 36.1 per return.  He also had 50 catches for 516 yards and finishes his career as a two-time All-Lonestar selection.

CB Al-Hajj Shabazz, West Chester, Jr., 6-1, 185

Last season Shabazz had 38 tackles and one interception but had the breakout campaign this year with 53 tackles, four interceptions, one touchdown, and eight pass breakups.  Shabazz was named first-team All-PSAC East and should be among the top corners in the country next year.  If he had done a little more as a sophomore he would have made the top 100.

P Scottie Gallardo, Fort Lewis, Sr., 6-0, 215

The Colorado transfer had a big year in 2013 with a 46.1 punt average and a long of 77 yards.  He was named an All-American and deservedly so with those numbers along with the fact he showed consistent leg strength booting 27 of 50 plus yards and an impressive 18 fair catches.

P James McCombie, Slippery Rock, Sr., 6-0, 170

The former Penn Highlands CC transfer was one of the best in the PSAC from day one averaging 41.0 yards per punt in 2011 and 36.8 in 2010.  He had his best year in 2013 with a 43.2 punt average and a 74-yard long.  He was first-team All-PSAC and All-American in 2013.

DT Joey Searcy, Angelo State, Sr., 6-0, 335

You can certainly argue the former Baylor signee who began his career at Minnesota and is a two-time first-team All-Lonestar pick deserves to make the top 100.  He had nine tackles for loss and one sack in 2013 so his numbers weren’t gaudy but he did control the line of scrimmage and showed good strength at the point of attack.

K Steve Wakefield, Mercyhurst, Sr., 5-11, 175

Wakefield struggled early in his career but began to put it all together in 2012 to earn All-PSAC honors. As a senior he really improved hitting 94.1% of his field goals and 41 of 42 extra points.  The fact his leg isn’t as strong as Castillo was the tiebreaker that gave Castillo my No. 1 slot at placekicker though.

CB C.J. Roberts, CSU Pueblo, Jr., 6-0, 180

Roberts almost made the list after earning All-RMAC honors for a second straight year and had 14 pass breakups in 2013.  He hasn’t had that gaudy interception total in a year yet but has been one of the best unknown corners in the country. 

TE Wesley Powell, Tusculum, Jr., 6-10, 265

Powell is a name to really watch in 2013 after catching 38 passes for 520 yards.  He’s a massive kid who blocks well and was a good target for Bo Cordell.  He was named first-team All-SAC in 2013.

Notably Missing

As you will see below, name recognition from previous seasons won’t put a player in the top 100 unless he has a worthy season.  Here are eight players listed in the top 35 from the preseason who failed to make the top 100 cut in the postseason.

1.      Valdosta State WR Gerald Ford was #14 in the preseason but later deemed ineligible and thus did not make this list.  If my list wasn’t only for players who played in 2013 he would have still come in between 50-75. 

2.      After missing four games this year and the fact he was still the #2 target at the time Henderson State WR Robert Jordan was left off but worth mentioning after he did finish with 724 yards and nine touchdowns. 

3.      Fairmont State OL Chris Barfield was #21 in the preseason but failed to make the top 100 after a subpar season in 2013 that he only earned second-team All-MEC honors.

4.      #24 Valdosta State WR Seantavious Jones also missed the top 100 after a subpar season.  It was expected he would put up big numbers in 2013 but only had 777 yards instead of the expected 1100-1300 yards. 

5.      California PA WR Mike Williams was #27 in the preseason but failed to make the postseason list after just catching five touchdowns and putting up.

6.      Mars Hill OL Nick Allison was #29 in the preseason but missed the top 100 after putting up a subpar season like Barfield, compared to the standard set for him.

7.      IUP LB Carl Fleming repeated as a first-team All-PSAC West selection but his play was not quite as good. While he had 10 more tackles his numbers almost everywhere else dropped and he still miss a ton of tackles. 

8.      The last player in the top 35, who was rated #35, that is missing from the postseason list is Simon Fraser WR Lemar Durant.  After missing the 2011 season and rebounding in 2012 with 91 catches for 1,318 yards and 17 touchdowns he missed the list with a down 2013 campaign (29 catches, 5 TDs).

 

 
         
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