ST. LOUIS (NDSU Athletics) -- North Dakota State offensive tackles Zack Johnson and Dillon Radunz were named to the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason offense Tuesday, July 30, by a vote of the league's coaches, media and sports information directors.
Johnson, a senior from Blaine, Minn., is a returning first team all-conference and All-America performer. He has started 30 consecutive games at right tackle for the Bison and last year played 612 snaps with only one assignment error. He finished second on the team with 41 knockdowns in the regular season.
Radunz, a junior from Becker, Minn., started all 15 games at left tackle for the Bison last season. He was named to the all-conference second team and was a HERO Sports FCS Sophomore All-American. Radunz had 27 knockdowns and played 626 snaps with only three sacks allowed in 11 regular season games.
Johnson and Radunz blocked for the No. 1 rushing attack in the MVFC averaging 286.2 yards per game (seventh in FCS) and 6.4 yards per carry. The Bison also led the conference and were among the Top 10 in FCS for fewest tackles for loss allowed (3.60/game) and sacks allowed (0.8/game).
NDSU tight end Ben Ellefson and long snapper Ross Kennelly earned honorable mention. The MVFC preseason defense will be announced Wednesday, July 31.
North Dakota State opens the 2019 season at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, against Butler University at Target Field in Minneapolis presented by Pioneer. Tickets are available for as low as $20 and can be purchased by visiting TwinsBaseball.com/football, calling 612-33-TWINS (612-338-9467) or 800-33-TWINS (800-338-9467), or visiting the Target Field ticket office.
2019 All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Preseason Offense
QB - Ryan Boyle, Indiana State
RB - DJ Davis, Southern Illinois
RB - James Robinson, Illinois State
RB - Pierre Strong Jr., South Dakota State
FB - Clint Ratkovich, Western Illinois
WR - Dakarai Allen, South Dakota
WR - Dante Hendrix, Indiana State
WR - Cade Johnson, South Dakota State
TE - Briley Moore, Northern Iowa
OL - Drew Himmelman, Illinois State
OL - Zack Johnson, North Dakota State
OL - Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State
OL - Jackson Scott-Brown, Northern Iowa
OL - Wyatt Wozniak, Indiana State
LS - Bradey Sorensen, South Dakota State
K - Jerry Nunez, Indiana State
Honorable Mention: QB Austin Simmons, South Dakota; FB Luke Sellers, South Dakota State; WR John Brunner, Western Illinois; WR Tyler Currie, Missouri State; WR Andrew Edgar, Illinois State; TE Ben Ellefson, North Dakota State; OL Isaiah Edwards, Indiana State; OL Evan Greeneway, South Dakota State; OL Gabe Megginson, Illinois State; OL Mason Scheidegger, South Dakota; LS Ross Kennelly, North Dakota State; PK Chase Vinatieri, South Dakota State.