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December 19, 2013

Dreiling becomes PSU's third four-time All-American

Pittsburg State linebacker Nate Dreiling joined an exclusive club on Thursday when he was named a first-team All-American on both the Daktronics Division Ii team and the Associated Press’ Little All-America team.

Dreiling, from Hutchison, becomes the Gorillas’ third four-time All-American, joining punter Brian Moorman (1995-98) and defensive tackle Aaron McConnell (2000-03).

Dreiling also is a finalist for the inaugural Cliff Harris Award, which will be given to the small college defensive player of the year.

Dreiling led the Gorillas with 109 tackles this year and became the MIAA career leader with 491 tackles. He also logged 9.5 tackles for loss, four pass breakups and one interception this year.

Teammate John Brown was a second-team selection on both teams after earning first-team laurels on the AFCA team earlier this week.

Brown, from Homestead, Fla., caught 61 passes for 1,198 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.

Northwest Missouri State defensive lineman Matt Longacre has been named defensive player of the year on the Daktronics team. Former Missouri Southern defensive lineman Brandon Williams won the award one year ago.

Northwest Missouri offensive lineman Cody Carlson and cornerback Brandon Dixon also are first-team selections on the Daktronics team. The Bearcats play for the national championship on Saturday against Lenoir-Rhyne in Florence, Ala.

Lindenwood defensive back Pierre Desir made second team on the Daktronics team.

Joining Dreiling as a first-team pick on the AP Little All-America team are Carlson and Longacre from Northwest Missouri and Desir from Lindenwood.

 

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