Phil Steele FCS All-America Teams Announced

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FARGO, N.D. - Offensive Player of the Year Trey Lance highlighted six selections from North Dakota State on the Phil Steele FCS All-America Team announced Wednesday, Jan. 15. Lance and three other Bison freshmen were named to the Phil Steele FCS Freshman All-America Team.

Lance, a quarterback from Marshall, Minn., set the NCAA all-divisions record for most passing attempts in a full season without an interception. In 16 games, Lance went 192 of 287 passing for 2,786 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also led the Bison with 1,100 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns.

Bison junior left tackle Dillon Radunz was named Phil Steele's FCS Offensive Lineman of the Year. Senior right guard Zack Johnson and senior defensive end Derrek Tuszka made the FCS All-America first team, junior linebacker Jabril Cox was second team and senior tight end Ben Ellefson was named to the fourth team.

Lance was also named FCS Playoff MVP, FCS Freshman of the Year and first team FCS Freshman All-America. NDSU defensive end Jake Kava was named to the second team, left tackle Jalen Sundell was named to the third team, and defensive end Tony Pierce made the fourth team.

North Dakota Fighting Hawks redshirt freshman defensive back C.J. Siegel was also named to the 2019 Phil Steele FCS Freshman All-American team. The La Crosse, Wis., native was selected to the fourth team, the first major postseason honor for Siegel.

This marks the third straight season a Fighting Hawk has been honored by the publication, with Siegel joining John Santiago (2017) and Noah Larson (2018) as selections.

Siegel, who entered the season as a reserve player, was thrust into a starting role following an injury to Evan Holm, but the redshirt freshman flourished for the Hawks. Siegel started all 12 games for UND; leading all defensive backs in tackles, pass deflections, and interceptions.

His 12 passes defensed ranked inside the top-50 among all defensive players in the FCS and cracked the top-10 among rookies. The two interceptions, both coming in a win over No. 12 UC Davis, tied for the team lead and were the first of his career.

In the game against No. 1 North Dakota State, Siegel finished with a career-high seven tackles and a pair of breakups before another multi-breakup game in UND's playoff clinching win over Southern Utah.

Siegel and the entire North Dakota defense will turn its attention to the Missouri Valley Football Conference for the 2020 season, opening the campaign against Valparaiso on Sept. 3 with first-year defensive coordinator Brett Holinka.