BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Saint John's quarterback Jackson Erdmann has been named the Offensive Player of the Year for the West Region, D3football.com announced on Tuesday. The Johnnie signal-caller and 2018 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Player of the Year headlines a group of 17 conference players to receive All-Region honors. SJU head coach Gary Fasching was named the West Region Coach of the Year.
The MIAC landed eight players on the First Team. Five of them were Johnnies, including Erdmann and 2018 MIAC Interior Lineman of the Year Nathan Brinker, as well as wide receiver Will Gillach, guard Dan Greenheck, and safety Max Jackson. St. Thomas had a pair of First Team honorees in running back Josh Parks and defensive tackle David Danhauer, while Gustavus tight end Brayton Finch garnered First Team recognition as well. Erdmann joins former Augsburg wide receiver Royce Winford (2008) as the only MIAC players ever to be named D3football.com's West Region Offensive Player of the Year.
Five players - Augsburg wide receiver Nick Heenie, St. Thomas center Matt Beck, Saint John's cornerback Sam Westby, and Bethel safety Dawson Brown and special teams ace Trent Substad received Second Team honors. Hamline linebacker Luke Trudell joined a trio of Royals - guard Tom Delich, center Nolan Richardson, and defensive end Kyle Kilgore - on the Third Team.
The All-Region teams, selected in balloting by West Region sports information directors and D3football.com staff, were chosen from 255 nominations by Division III member schools. A total of 78 players were selected. Players nominated for All-Region are eligible to be considered for D3football.com All-America honors, which will be announced the evening of Dec. 14, in D3football.com's pregame coverage for Stagg Bowl XLVI.
|2018 D3football.com All-West Region|
|Pos.||Name||Institution||Class||Hometown | High School||Team||Previous Selections|
|QB||*Jackson Erdmann||Saint John's||Jr.||Rosemount, Minn.||First Team||--|
|RB||Josh Parks||St. Thomas||Sr.||Chisago Lakes, Minn.||First Team||--|
|WR||Will Gillach||Saint John's||Sr.||Lindstrom, Minn. | Chisago Lakes||First Team||--|
|TE||Brayton Finch||Gustavus||Jr.||Mount Morris, Ill. | Oregon||First Team||--|
|G||Dan Greenheck||Saint John's||Jr.||St. Paul, Minn. | Cretin-Derham Hall||First Team||2017 (1T)|
|DE||Nathan Brinker||Saint John's||Sr.||Avon, Minn. | Holdingford||First Team||2016 (1T) | 2017 (2T)|
|DT||David Danhauer||St. Thomas||Sr.||Barrington, Ill.||First Team||--|
|S||Max Jackson||Saint John's||Sr.||St. Paul, Minn. | Cretin-Derham Hall||First Team||2017 (1T)|
|WR||Nick Heenie||Augsburg||Sr.||Victoria, Minn. | Waconia||Second Team||--|
|C||Matt Beck||St. Thomas||Jr.||Plymouth, Minn.||Second Team||2017 (2T)|
|CB||Sam Westby||Saint John's||Sr.||Lake Elmo, Minn. | Hill-Murray||Second Team||--|
|S||Dawson Brown||Bethel||Sr.||Becker, Minn.||Second Team||2017 (2T)|
|ST||Trent Substad||Bethel||Sr.||Lakeville, Minn. | South||Second Team||--|
|G||Tom Delich||Bethel||Sr.||Apple Valley, Minn. | East View||Third Team||--|
|C||Nolan Richardson||Bethel||Sr.||Bellevue, Wash. | Newport||Third Team||--|
|DE||Kyle Kilgore||Bethel||Sr.||Cottage Grove, Minn. | East Ridge||Third Team||2017 (3T)|
|LB||Luke Trudell||Hamline||Sr.||Germantown, Wis.||Third Team||--|
*West Region Offensive Player of the Year