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2012 Independent All-Area Football Team

December 1, 2012
Marshall Independent

(in alphabetical order)


Austin Buysse (Jr., Minneota/Lincoln HI)

6-foot-4, 160 pounds ... Finished third in Marshall area with 1,858 yards passing ... Completed 160 of 265 passes with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions ... All-Little Sioux Conference selection.

Parker Lanoue (Sr., TMB)

5-10, 165 ... Topped the leaderboard for Marshall-area quarterbacks with 1,941 yards passing and 22 touchdowns ... Set the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton school record for completion percentage for a season at 62 percent (153 of 247) ... Also rushed for 398 yards on 131 carries with seven touchdowns ... All-Little Sioux Conference selection.

Joey Lee (Jr., Dawson-Boyd)

6-0, 175 ... Threw for 1,893 yards with 21 touchdowns to help lead the Blackjacks to their second straight Class A state tournament appearance ... The most efficient passer in the area, completing 122 of 180 pass attempts (68 percent) ... All-Little Sioux Conference selection ... Class A All-State honorable mention ... Also one of the top safeties in the area, finishing the season with five interceptions.


Colton Citrowske (Sr., Marshall)

5-10, 225 ... Powerful back who led the Marshall Tigers in rushing with 1,066 yards ... Carried the ball 125 times for 8.5 yards per rush with 12 touchdowns ... Helped Marshall pile up a Class AAAA-best 42.9 points per game and a 9-1 overall record.

Jeff Gladis (Jr., Minneota/Lincoln HI)

5-8, 180 ... Finished third in the Marshall area in rushing yards at 1,349 ... Rushed the ball 188 times and gained 7.2 yards per carry with 19 touchdowns ... Had three games with four or more rushing touchdowns, including a 154-yard, five-touchdown performance in the Section 5A semifinals against Wabasso ... All-Little Sioux Conference selection.

Wyatt Kraus (Sr., Canby)

5-11, 195 ... The leading rusher in the state of Minnesota through the regular season for all classes with 1,707 yards ... Including two playoff games, finished the 2012 season with 2,180 yards on 272 carries for an average of 8.0 yards per carry ... Second in the area with 21 rushing touchdowns ... Had 351 yards rushing, 70 yards receiving and five total touchdowns in a 42-32 Canby win over MACCRAY ... 2012 Independent Player of the Year ... Co-Most Valuable Offensive Back of the Little Sioux Conference.

Justin Lee (Sr., Dawson-Boyd)

6-1, 198 ... Ended the season with an area-best 22 rushing touchdowns in 13 games ... Rushed for 1,239 yards on 176 carries for a 7.0 average ... Co-Most Valuable Offensive Back of the Little Sioux Conference ... Also had 61 tackles and 3.5 sacks as a linebacker.

Jack Thony (Sr., MCC)

5-9, 167 ... One of the most explosive playmakers in the area, averaging 9.9 yards per carry with 18 rushing touchdowns and 1,706 rushing yards ... Rushed for 90 or more yards in all 10 of Murray County Central's games, including three games with 200-plus yards ... All-Little Sioux Conference selection ... Also had four interceptions and 41 tackles as a defensive back.


Jeff DeCock (Sr., RRC)

5-11, 165 ... Caught 51 passes for 571 with nine receiving touchdowns ... Also rushed for 388 yards on 65 carries with five touchdowns ... Tied for the area lead with five interceptions as a safety ... Had two interceptions (one he returned 42 yards for a touchdown), a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown and 11 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown in a 36-13 win over Cedar Mountain/Comfrey ... All-Southern Minnesota Conference selection.

Nathaniel Huot (Sr., Dawson-Boyd)

6-1, 190 ... Finished with area-bests of 58 receptions and 1,079 receiving yards in 13 games ... Had nine catches for 217 yards with four total touchdowns in a 42-21 win over Minneota/Lincoln HI in the Section 5A championship ... Returned two punts for touchdowns and one interception for a touchdown during the season ... All-State honorable mention ... All-Little Sioux Conference selection.

Isaac Josephson (Sr., Minneota/Lincoln HI)

6-0, 180 ... Third in the area in receiving yards with 571 on 51 catches with six touchdowns ... Carried the ball 60 times for 303 yards and three touchdowns ... Had a key 67-yard punt return for a touchdown in a 27-21 win over Canby ... On defense, finished with 61 tackles as a defensive end ... All-Little Sioux Conference selection.

Michael Slaba (Jr., Canby)

5-11, 165 ... Finished fifth in the Marshall area with 510 yards receiving ... Caught 32 passes at an average of 15.9 yards per catch ... Fourth in the area with seven receiving touchdowns ... Also had two interceptions as a defensive back ... All-Little Sioux Conference selection.


Michael Lee (So., Dawson-Boyd)

6-4, 189 ... Hauled in 40 passes for 630 yards, finishing second in the area in receiving yards behind teammate Nathaniel Huot ... Had six games with four or more catches ... Ended the season with an area-best 11 receiving touchdowns ... Little Sioux Conference All-Academic Team member.


Tyus DeBoer (Jr., Marshall)

6-5, 275 ... As an offensive tackle, blocked for two 1,000-yard rushers for Marshall, which sported Class AAAA's highest-scoring offense ... All-Southwest Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year as a defensive tackle ... Returned an interception for a touchdown against Jackson County Central.

Austin Nath (Sr., Marshall)

6-2, 280 ... Fourth-year starter at offensive tackle for the Tigers ... Named Southwest Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year for the 2012 season ... Also played on the defensive line.

David Noyes (Sr., Minneota/Lincoln HI)

6-2, 180 ... Starting center for the Vikings. Blocked for an offense that put up 34.9 points per game, the ninth-highest average in Class A ... On defense, was second for the Vikings in tackles with 78 ... All-Little Sioux Conference selection.

Austin Peterson (Sr., TMB)

Started at right guard for the Panthers ... Was the top offensive lineman for a unit that averaged nearly 33 points per game ... Led the team with 95 tackles as a middle linebacker ... All-Little Sioux Conference selection ... Little Sioux Conference All-Academic Team member.

Henry Rogotzke (Sr., RRC)

6-3, 275 ... Named the Southern Minnesota Conference's Lineman of the Year after starting at guard for the Falcons in 2012 ... Also a standout at defensive tackle, where he recorded 74 tackles and two sacks.


Levi Bunting (Jr., WWG)

6-2, 180 ... Finished tied for fifth in the area with eight sacks while starting at defensive end for the Chargers ... Had a nose for the ball on defense, recording five fumble recoveries ... Tied for second on the team with 72 tackles ... As a tight end had 24 catches for 377 yards and four touchdowns ... All-Southern Confederacy Conference selection.

Daniel Harrison (So., Minneota/Lincoln HI)

6-0, 165 ... Ranked fourth in the area with 8.5 sacks while playing defensive end for the Vikings ... Had a sack and a forced fumble in Minneota/Lincoln HI's 18-14 regular season win over Dawson-Boyd.

Brandon Schmitt (Sr., Dawon-Boyd)

6-1, 265 ... The Marshall-area leader in sacks with 13 ... Had four sacks in a 27-6 win over Adrian and three sacks the following week against Braham ... Also started on the offensive line, where he didn't allow a sack all season ... The Little Sioux Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year, as well as the LSC Offensive Lineman of the Year ... The LSC's Mr. Football nomination.

Max Whitehead (Sr., MCC)

6-3, 170 ... Was third in the area with 9.5 sacks while playing defensive end ... Had 61 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... Little Sioux Conference All-Academic Team member.

Matt Zeug (Jr., Wabasso)

6-3, 205 ... Finished second in the area with 10 sacks on the season ... Also led Wabasso in tackles with 85 ... All-Southern Minnesota Conference selection.


Tate Citrowske (Sr., Canby)

5-6, 180 ... Ended the season third in tackles in the area with 116 ... Led Canby in tackles in eight of 10 games ... Had 12 or more tackles in seven games ... Had two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... All-Little Sioux Conference selection ... Also played at fullback, where he was a lead blocker for the state's leading rusher.

Campbell Hofstetter (Sr., Marshall)

5-9, 200 ... Led Marshall in tackles in 2012 with 60 ... Second on the team with five sacks ... All-Southwest Conference selection.

Dana Madson (Sr., WWG)

6-0, 190 ... Second in the Marshall area in tackles in 2012 with 120 in nine games ... Posted two interceptions and two sacks ... All-Southern Confederacy Conference selection ... Also rushed for 815 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense.

Devin Miranowski (Sr., MCC)

5-11, 230 ... Led the Little Sioux Conference and the Marshall area in tackles in 2012 with 135 ... Had two forced fumbles and two interceptions ... All-Little Sioux Conference selection ... Also a three-year starter at right guard.

Garth Ochsendorf (Sr., Dawson-Boyd)

6-0, 174 ... Sustained a season-ending knee injury in Week 7 of the season but still led the Blackjacks in total tackles with 68 ... Added a sack and a fumble recovery ... Was Dawson-Boyd's No. 2 running back before his injury, picking up 447 yards on 55 carries with four touchdowns .... Named the Little Sioux Conference's co-Most Valuable Defensive Back.

Alec Swan (Sr., TMB)

5-10, 180 ... Recorded 77 tackles with two sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception for a touchdown ... Also TMB's primary rusher and receiver, compiling 609 rushing yards and 463 receiving yards with 10 total touchdowns on offense ... All-Little Sioux Conference selection.

Alex Werner (Sr., Marshall)

6-6, 230 ... Tied for fifth in the Marshall area and led the Marshall football team with eight sacks ... Also a starter on offense as a guard ... All-Southwest Conference selection.


Austin Saugstad (Sr., Marshall)

6-1, 190 ... 2012 Southwest Conference Defensive Back of the Year ... Led Marshall with three interceptions on the season ... Also a dual threat as a quarterback, throwing for 1,048 yards and 11 touchdowns while rushing for 423 yards and three touchdowns.

Nathan Pavek (Jr., Minneota/Lincoln HI)

5-10, 170 ... Recorded 66 tackles and had two interceptions as cornerback for Vikings ... On offense rushed for 370 yards on 27 carries with seven touchdowns ... Also one of the top returners in the area with more than 500 total return yards and a kick return for a touchdown.


Tanner Cirks (Sr., Marshall)

6-3, 215 ... The 2012 Southwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Year ... Set a Marshall record for points scored by a kicker in a season with 65 ... Made 56 of 58 extra point kicks ... Was good on three three field goals, including a long of 42 yards ... On defense, had four sacks as a defensive end ... On offense, caught 17 passes for 331 yards as a tight end.


Shay Wabeke (Sr., RTR)

6-0, 185 ... Punted 37 times for 1,266 yards ... Average of 34.2 yards per punt ... All-Little Sioux Conference selection ... As a quarterback rushed for 637 yards and seven touchdowns, and threw for 433 yards.


Rhett Struve (Sr., Marshall)

6-0, 165 ... Returned two kickoffs for touchdowns ... Averaged 29.4 yards per kick return and 17.7 yards per punt return ... Also an explosive running back who rushed for 1,055 yards on 94 carries for an 11.2 yard average ... Had 21 total touchdowns on the season ... All-Southwest Conference selection.



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