Tuesday, 29 January 2019 06:09

L-R's Poe, Duggar Named to Don Hansen All-America Teams

Jason Poe (L) and Kyle Duggar (R) named to Don Hansen All-American Second and Honorable Mention Teams respectively Jason Poe (L) and Kyle Duggar (R) named to Don Hansen All-American Second and Honorable Mention Teams respectively Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

The Don Hansen Football Committee has released the 2018 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America Team. Lenoir-Rhyne OL Jason Poe was selected as a Second Team All-American, while return specialist Kyle Dugger earned Honorable Mention accolades.

Poe won the South Atlantic Conference's Jacobs Blocking Trophy and was also named First Team All-Conference and D2CCA First Team All-Region. Poe played in all 14 games for the Bears, starting 13 times. He helped open up huge holes in the running game thanks to his ability to pull from the guard position. Thanks in part to Poe's run blocking, the Bears ranked No. 10 in the nation in rushing yardage, averaging 268.1 yards per game.

Dugger's selection as an honorable mention came as a return specialist. Dugger broke the program records for punt return yardage (534) and most punt returns (31). Dugger was named the National Special Teams Player of the Week as he broke a single game record with two punt returns for touchdowns against Newberry.

The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen's Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.

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