Brandon Williams named MIAA Defensive Player of the Year

Kansas City, Mo. -- Missouri Southern senior defensive lineman Brandon Williams has been named the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year as announced by the league office today. 

Williams was a unanimous first-team selection, the only one, while six other Lions earned honorable mention All-MIAA honors. 

Williams became the all-time sacks leader for the school and finished with 27 in his career at Missouri Southern. He had at least a half sack in all but three games this year and had a tackle for a loss in all but one game this year. He finished the season second on the team with 68 tackles, 31 solo, including 16.5 for a loss of 58 yards. He had 8.5 sacks for a loss of 39 yards, two pass break ups, eight quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles and one safety on the season and finished third in the MIAA in sacks and tackles for a loss, while ranking second in forced fumbles. 

In 2010, he was named an All-American by three different organizations, after leading the team with nine sacks and 17 TFL, while last year, he was a unanimous All-MIAA selection, as well as being named to multiple All-Region and All-American teams A preseason All-American this season, Williams is listed as one of the top Division II NFL Draft prospects by multiple organizations and has been named to the Senior Bowl watch list.

Southern had six individuals named honorable mention All-MIAA as Kellen Cox, Landon Zerkel, Ne'Ronte Threatt, Ryon Phillips, Devon Dace and Alex Wong all earned honors. 

Missouri Western picked up three of the four of the year awards as Michael Hill was Player of the Year, while Jerry Partridge and Michael Jordan picked up Coach and Freshman of the Year. Pittsburg State's John Brown was the Special Teams Player of the Year. 


MIAA Offensive Player of the Year – Michael Hill, RB, Missouri Western

MIAA Defensive Player of the Year – Brandon Williams, DL, Missouri Southern

MIAA Special Teams Player of the Year – John Brown, KR/PR, Pittsburg State

MIAA Freshman of the Year – Michael Jordan, DB, Missouri Western

MIAA Coach of the Year – Jerry Partridge, Missouri Western

First Team (Offense)

QB – Travis Partridge, Missouri Western

RB – Michael Hill, Missouri Western

RB – Joshua Birmingham, Central Oklahoma

WR – Shjuan Richardson, Emporia State

WR – John Brown, Pittsburg State

TE/FB – Adam Shiltz, Emporia State

OL – Steve Dieckhaus, Washburn

OL – Cody Holland, Pittsburg State

OL – Macon Allan, Missouri Western

OL – Rod Williams, Northwest Missouri

OL – Logan Freeman, Central Missouri
K – Todd Adolf, Northwest Missouri
KR/PR – John Brown, Pittsburg State

First Team (Defense)

DL – David Bass, Missouri Western

DL – Ben Pister, Missouri Western

DL – Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern ^

DL – Travis Chapelear, Northwest Missouri

LB – Ben Carlson, Emporia State

LB – Nate Dreiling, Pittsburg State

LB – Collin DeBuysere, Northwest Missouri

DB – O'Hara Fluellen, Lincoln

DB – Richie Schumaker, Truman

DB – Pierre Desir, Lindenwood

DB – Nate DeJong, Northwest Missouri

P – Kyle Goodburn, Northwest Missouri

^ - Indicates unanimous selection

Second Team (Offense)

QB – Tyler Eckenrode, Emporia State

RB – Joel Rockmore, Northeastern State

RB –  Denodus O'Bryant, Lindenwood

WR – Dallas Grier, Truman

WR – Tyler Shaw, Northwest Missouri

TE/FB – Tore' Hurst, Washburn

OL – John Rouse, Fort Hays State

OL – Lance Uhles, Emporia State

OL – Colt Schulte, Missouri Western

OL – Michael Bowie, Northeastern State

OL – Cole Manhart, Nebraska-Kearney

K – Taylor Anderson, Missouri Western

KR/PR – Jordan Simmons, Northwest Missouri

Second Team (Defense)

DL – Patrick Blackwell, Truman

DL – Herbert Byrd, Central Oklahoma

DL – Gus Toca, Pittsburg State

DL – David Bax, Central Missouri

DL – LaTavious Davis, Central Missouri

LB – Langston Jones, Northeastern State

LB – Jameson Manuma, Southwest Baptist

LB – D.J. Gnader, Northwest Missouri

DB – Chris Poston, Emporia State

DB – Shane Simpson, Missouri Western

DB – Sam Kuck, Nebraska-Kearney

DB – Brandon Dixon, Northwest Missouri

P – Matt Jordan, Central Missouri

P – Eric Phillips, Truman  

Honorable Mention

Missouri Southern – Kellen Cox, Quarterback; Landon Zerkel, Wide Receiver; Ne'Ronte Threatt, Running Back; Ryon Phillips, Defensive Line; Alex Wong, Linebacker; Devon Dace, Defensive Back.