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Ten Green Knights Make All-MWC Team; Staehling Newcomer of the Year

From Sports Information Director, November 16, 2016 | Football
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College had nine players named to the All-Midwest Conference Team, announced today by the conference office.

St. Norbert senior offensive lineman Evan Broyles and Bobby Jaacks, sophomore linebacker Matt Barrett, senior defensive back Ryan Grandlic, junior defensive back Tyler Jensen and kicker Spenser Thompson-Meyers were named first-team All-MWC selections. Junior running back Elijah Fort, freshman wide receiver Samuel Staehling, junior defensive lineman Stuart Kwaterski and senior long snapper Joe Rotherham were second-team All-MWC choices.

Staehling was also named Midwest Conference Newcomer of the Year, the Green Knights' lone major award recipient. Staehling, a Plymouth native, led the Green Knights in receptions with 31, receiving yards at 699, average per catch at 22.5 and receiving touchdowns with nine.

Broyles, a Sun Prairie native, and Jaacks, a Prospect Heights, Ill., native, led an offensive line that helped the Green Knights rush for an average of 192.9 yards per game. St. Norbert's offensive line allowed just 14 quarterback sacks in 10 games. Broyles was an honorable-mention All-MWC selection in 2013 and a first-team All-MWC choice in 2014. Jaccks was a second-team All-MWC honoree in 2015.

Barrett, a Battle Creek, Mich., native, was second on the team with 90 tackles. He also had four tackles-for-loss, 1 1/2 quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries with one returned for a touchdown.

Grandlic, a Glenbeulah native, topped the Green Knights in tackles with 94, including a 26-tackle game against Monmouth College on Nov. 5. Grandlic also had four tackles-for-loss, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Grandlic was a second-team All-MWC selection in 2015.

Jensen, a Waunakee native, had a team-high 10 passes defended and five interceptions. He finished the season with 36 tackles, including one tackle-for-loss.

Thompson-Meyers, a San Ramon, Calif., native, had 40 of his 66 kickoffs this season go for touchbacks. He also converted 52 of 56 extra-point attempts and was 2-for-5 on field-goal tries. Thompson-Meyers was a first-team All-MWC selection in 2015.

Fort, a Waukesha native, led the Green Knights in rushing with 734 yards on 137 carries. He also had nine rushing touchdowns while catching 17 passes for 152 yards. Fort was a second-team All-MWC choice in 2014 and a first-team All-MWC honoree in 2015.

Kwaterski, an Oneida native, finished the season with 26 tackles, 5 1/2 tackles-for-loss and 1 1/2 quarterback sacks. He also recovered three fumbles, returning two for touchdowns.

Rotherham, a Green Bay native, served as the Green Knights' long snapper and placement kicks to earn selection as the second-team All-MWC special teams performer.