Brett Elliott's record-breaking season made him an All-American.
The Linfield College quarterback with an NCAA single-season
record 59 touchdown passes leads The Associated Press Little
All-America team for the best players in Division II, III and NAIA
that was announced Thursday.
Elliott, who transferred from Utah to the tiny Division III
school in Oregon after losing his job to Heisman finalist Alex
Smith, was joined on the first-team by Fort Valley State's Derrick
Wimbush. The senior running back ran for 1,840 yards and was a
finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the top player in
Colorado School of Mines quarterback Chad Friehauf won the
Harlon Hill last week after throwing 4,646 yards and 39 touchdowns
to lead the Miners to their first playoff win and a 12-1 record.
But he had to settle for second-team Little All-American because of
The junior from Lake Oswego, Ore., has passed for 4,313 yards
with just nine interceptions, guiding Linfield (12-0) to an
appearance in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va.. The
Wildcats play Mary Hardin-Baylor (13-1) for the D-III national
``Individual records are a reflection on the team,'' Elliott
said. ``We have one more game, and then after that all the records
I can tell my kids about or something.''
Last week, Elliott broke the all-division record of 56 TD
passes, set by Mississippi Valley State's Willie Totten in 1984,
when he tossed three TD passes in semifinals against Rowan.
``He's the best quarterback we've played this year by far,''
Rowan safety Eric Bailey said. ``His accuracy and his arm strength
Mary Hardin-Baylor placed two players on the three AP
All-America teams -- offensive lineman Jeff Oliver was selected to
the second team and his linemate, Matt Bush, is a third-teamer.
Wooster running back Tony Sutton, who leads Division III with
2,240 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns, made the first team for the
second straight season as did Ferris State linebacker Kevin Myers.
Pittsburg State offensive lineman Nathan Baker leads the
first-team offensive line. He's joined by Nick Didier of
Concordia-Moorhead; Scott Blum of Rowan; Joe Berger of Michigan
Tech; and Todd Herremans of Saginaw Valley State.
The receivers are Winona State's Chris Samps and Bentley's
Dallas Mall, and Leonard Weaver of Carson-Newman is the
All-American tight end.
Jamaica Rector, a receiver from Northwest Missouri State, was
selected to the first team as an all-purpose player.
Kicker Will Rhody from Valdosta State was one of two players
selected from the Division II champions. The other was offensive
lineman Torrey Howard, who made the third-team.
The Blazers beat Pittsburg State in last week's D-II title game.
The Gorillas had one player on each of the three All-America teams,
with Baker on the first, running back Germaine Race on the second
team and defensive lineman Ryan Meredith on the third team.
Joining Myers on the first-team defense are linemen Kendrick
Triplett of North Alabama; Keyonta Marshall of Grand Valley State;
Justin Brown of East Central; and Jason Trusnik of Ohio Northern.
Charles Roberts of Fayetteville State (N.C.) and Isaac Sieling
of Gustavus Adolphus are the other linebackers.
The defensive backs are Frank Pilato of Washington & Jefferson;
Matt Crispell of East Stroudsburg; Walt Williams of Fayetteville
State; and Martell Foster of Northwood.
Jeff Williams of Adams State is the punter after averaging 48
yards, best in the nation.