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Elffers Leads Selections To All-GNAC Football Team
Andrew Elffers leads a list of 23 all-conference selections for Azusa Pacific, including 12 first team picks.
Andrew Elffers leads a list of 23 all-conference selections for Azusa Pacific, including 12 first team picks.
Kevin Haynes was named the Defensive Player of the Year after finishing third in the GNAC and 18th in Division II with 10.9 tackles per game.
Kevin Haynes was named the Defensive Player of the Year after finishing third in the GNAC and 18th in Division II with 10.9 tackles per game.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. – It has been a season of resurgence for Azusa Pacific and the Cougars’ primary field general leads the selections on the 2016 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Football All-Conference Team.

Junior quarterback Andrew Elffers was selected by coaches as the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year. He tops a list of 12 Cougars named to the first team and 23 total selections to the squad.

Elffers leads a Cougars’ offense that enters the Division II playoffs among the top-30 teams in scoring, averaging 37.6 points per game. Elffers is averaging 182.5 passing yards per game and has thrown for 18 touchdowns, both of which are third in the GNAC. He ranks 19th in Division II with a .650 completion percentage. His season thus far has been topped by a 321-yard passing performance in a win over Central Washington on Oct. 29 where he completed 21 of 32 passes and threw for four touchdowns.

The quarterback is one of three end-of-year special award winners for the Cougars, who finished the regular season 9-2 and ran through the GNAC schedule with an unblemished 8-0 record. Victor Santa Cruz was selected as the league’s Coach of the Year for the third time in the last four years while Weston Carr was named the Freshman of the Year, the second straight time the award has gone to an APU player.

Santa Cruz led Azusa Pacific to the Cougars’ third GNAC championship since joining the league in 2012 and the team’s first ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. He led an APU squad that has proven to be one of the top defensive teams in Division II. The Cougars enter the playoff fifth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 14.4 points per game, and second in the nation with 23 interceptions and seven defensive touchdowns.

Carr, who also earned First Team All-GNAC honors as a wide receiver, enters the playoffs tied for third in the GNAC with an average of 76.1 receiving yards per game. The freshman has had three games with 100-plus yards receiving, led by a 177-yard performance at Colorado Mines on Oct. 8.

Central Washington linebacker Kevin Haynes was selected as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. One of the stalwarts in a Wildcats’ defense that has allowed just 20.5 points and 340 yards per game, Haynes finished the season ranked third in the GNAC and 18th in Division II with an average of 10.9 tackles per game. He also led the league with 19 tackles for loss to go along with four sacks. Haynes saved his best performance for last, coming up with 17 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble, in the Nov. 12 win over Humboldt State.

Defensive lineman Uso Olive earned the league’s Newcomer of the Year award. A transfer from Division I Wyoming, Olive finished the year with 14 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss. A First Team All-GNAC selection as well, Olive came up with three solo stops in an Oct. 15 win over Western Oregon. Haynes and Olive lead 13 All-GNAC selections for Central Washington, including six first team picks.

For the third year in a row, Humboldt State’s Alex Cappa was named the GNAC Offensive Lineman of the Year. A first team selection for the third year as well, Cappa anchored an Lumberjacks’ line that allowed the offense to rack up 460.2 yards of total offense per game, 28th best in Division II. In addition, the HSU line allowed just 1.73 sacks per game, which led the GNAC.

Western Oregon senior Jeremy Moore was named the league’s Defensive Lineman of the Year. An Honorable Mention All-GNAC pick in 2015 and a first team selection this year, Moore finished with 40 tackles on the year, fourth best for the Wolves. Moore was also among three GNAC players to finish with nine tackles and finished with 12.5 tackles for loss.

The 2016 GNAC Football All-Conference Team features 49 unanimous selections chosen on four ballots (coaches could not vote for their own players), including all but one player on the first team. The squad includes 14 repeat selections, including a third first team selection for Cappa, Haynes, Simon Fraser linebacker Jordan Herdman and Western Oregon wide receiver Paul Revis.

Central Washington wide receiver Jesse Zalk was selected to the first team for a third year, but only his second as a wide receiver. Zalk was named first team at kick return in both 2014 and 2015.

Two players were selected to the all-conference team in three different positions. Revis claimed first team honors at both wide receiver and punt return and was a second team selection at kick return. Azusa Pacific’s Tyree Davis was a first team pick at defensive end and kick return and earned second team honors at punt return.

2016 GNAC FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Offensive Player of the Year: Andrew Elffers, Azusa Pacific
Defensive Player of the Year: Kevin Haynes, Central Washington
Coach of the Year: Victor Santa Cruz, Azusa Pacific
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Alex Cappa, Humboldt State
Defensive Lineman of the Year: Jeremy Moore, Western Oregon
Freshman of the Year: Weston Carr, Azusa Pacific
Newcomer of the Year: Uso Olive, Central Washington
             
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE           
Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
* Andrew Elffers Azusa Pacific QB 6-3 220 Jr. Arcadia, Calif. (Maranatha)
* Justin Lane Central Washington QB 6-2 211 Sr. Arlington, Wash. (Illinois State Univ.)
*+$ Ja’Quan Gardner Humboldt State RB 5-7 205 Jr. Ceres, Calif. (Central Valley)
* + Kurt Scoby Azusa Pacific RB 5-8 190 So. Duarte, Calif. (Monrovia)
*+ Jesse Zalk Central Washington WR 5-8 162 Sr. Battle Ground, Wash. (Prairie)
* Weston Carr Azusa Pacific WR 6-1 195 Fr. Benicia, Calif. (Benicia)
*[email protected] Paul Revis Western Oregon WR 5-9 165 Jr. Scappoose, Ore. (Scappoose)
Josiah Thropay Azusa Pacific TE 6-4 260 Sr. Monrovia, Calif. (Charter Oak)
* James Moore Central Washington OL 6-5 310 So. Tacoma, Wash. (Bethel)
*[email protected] Alex Cappa Humboldt State OL 6-7 305 Jr. Dublin, Calif. (Dublin)
* Sakalaia Hungalu Azusa Pacific OL 6-1 310 So. Honolulu, Hawaii (McKinley)
*+ Lucas Govan Humboldt State OL 6-4 285 Sr. Carmel, Calif. (Carmel)
* Joe Kupcikevicius Azusa Pacific OL 6-5 295 Jr. Oak Lawn, Ill. (Mt. San Antonio CC)
*+ Cameron Southward Humboldt State K 6-1 200 Sr. Auburn, Calif. (American River JC)
* Tyree Davis Azusa Pacific KR 5-11 180 Sr. San Diego, Calif. (Mesa CC)
             
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE           
Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
*& Jeremy Moore Western Oregon DL 6-2 280 Sr. Tigard, Ore. (Tigard)
*+ Tovar Sanchez Central Washington DL 6-3 248 Sr. Seattle, Wash. (Ingraham)
* Jason Schwartz Azusa Pacific DL 6-3 240 Jr. Santa Barbara, Calif. (Dos Pueblos)
* Uso Olive Central Washington DL 6-1 315 Sr. Seattle, Wash. (Univ. of Wyoming)
*[email protected] Jordan Herdman Simon Fraser LB 6-2 235 Sr. Winnipeg, Man. (Sturgeon Heights Collegiate)
*[email protected] Kevin Haynes Central Washington LB 6-1 228 Jr. Battle Ground, Wash. (Battle Ground)
* Mykal Walker Azusa Pacific LB 6-3 215 So. Vacaville, Calif. (Vacaville)
* Bo Highburger Western Oregon LB 6-1 215 So. Veneta, Ore. (Elmira)
* C.J. Broussard Azusa Pacific DB 6-1 198 Sr. Clovis, Calif. (Clovis)
*# Taliuaki Suliafu Azusa Pacific DB 6-0 185 Jr. Moreno Valley, Calif. (Moreno Valley)
* Jackson Huerta Central Washington DB 5-10 194 Jr. Covington, Wash. (Kentwood)
* Tyree Davis Azusa Pacific DB 5-11 180 Sr. San Diego, Calif. (Mesa CC)
* Alex Elterman Humboldt State P 6-2 230 Jr. Templeton, Calif. (Monterey Peninsula Coll.)
*+ Paul Revis Western Oregon PR 5-9 165 Jr. Scappoose, Ore. (Scappoose)
             
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE           
Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
Robert Webber Humboldt State QB 5-9 180 Jr. Corona, Calif. (Corona Centennial)
* Malik Braxton Western Oregon RB 5-11 195 So. Lynnwood, Wash. (Meadowdale)
* Jalen Jana Simon Fraser RB 5-11 200 So. Surrey, B.C. (Cheyney Univ.)
* Brandon Jackson Azusa Pacific WR 6-3 185 Fr. Sutter, Calif. (Sutter)
John Todd Humboldt State WR 6-3 192 So. San Diego, Calif. (Valhalla)
Justin Buren Simon Fraser WR 6-1 200 Jr. Coquitlam, B.C. (Centennial)
*+ Andy Avgi Western Oregon TE 6-6 270 Sr. Woodburn, Ore. (Woodburn)
* Josh Stolz Central Washington OL 6-0 260 Sr. Vancouver, Wash. (Mountain View)
Felix Gacusana, Jr. Simon Fraser OL 6-3 305 Sr. Burnaby, B.C. (St. Thomas More)
* Jacob Zartman Western Oregon OL 6-4 310 Jr. St. Helens, Ore. (St. Helens)
* Josh Hanson Humboldt State OL 6-2 300 Jr. Eureka, Calif. (Eureka)
Bryson Dizon Western Oregon OL 6-4 285 Jr. Portland, Ore. (David Douglas)
* Jamie Cacciatore Azusa Pacific K 5-8 170 Sr. Orange, Calif. (El Modena)
* Paul Revis Western Oregon KR 5-9 165 Jr. Scappoose, Ore. (Scappoose)
             
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE           
Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
* Kyle Wilson Simon Fraser DL 6-7 270 So. Newmarket, Ont. (Bill Crothers)
*+ George Swartzlender Western Oregon DL 6-3 320 Sr. Burns, Ore. (Burns)
* Conrado Simpson Azusa Pacific DL 6-5 270 Jr. Rosemead, Calif. (East Los Angeles CC)
* Billy Tanuvasa Azusa Pacific DL 6-2 315 Sr. Corona, Calif. (Santa Ana CC)
* Aaron Berry Azusa Pacific LB 6-2 205 So. Perris, Calif. (Perris)
* Justin Herdman Simon Fraser LB 6-1 235 Sr. Winnipeg, Man. (Sturgeon Heights Collegiate)
* Jeff Shott Humboldt State LB 6-1 225 Jr. Mission Viejo, Calif. (Capistrano Valley)
Tafatolu Tafai Western Oregon LB 6-2 240 Sr. Waipahu, Hawaii (Waipahu)
Sean Elledge Central Washington LB 6-0 221 Jr. Monroe, Wash. (Glacier Peak)
Tyler Johnson Western Oregon LB 6-2 230 Jr. Eugene, Ore. (Willamette)
* Max McIntosh Central Washington DB 6-1 186 Sr. Puyallup, Wash. (Univ. of Idaho)
Jordan Pugh Simon Fraser DB 6-1 190 Sr. Nanaimo, B.C. (Nanaimo Redman)
* Danny Hankins Western Oregon DB 5-11 170 Sr. Portland, Ore. (Grant)
* Hunter Malberg Azusa Pacific DB 5-11 195 Sr. North Bend, Wash. (Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth)
* Jacob Hall Azusa Pacific P 6-2 195 So. Greenville, Ill. (Greenville)
* Tyree Davis Azusa Pacific PR 5-11 180 Sr. San Diego, Calif. (Mesa CC)
             
HONORABLE MENTION           
Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
Ma’ake Muti Azusa Pacific DL 5-11 290 So. Wahiawa, Hawaii (Leilehue)
Jonathan Thropay Azusa Pacific LB 6-4 220 Sr. Monrovia, Calif. (Charter Oak)
Ethan Zeidler Azusa Pacific WR 6-0 205 Sr. Plymouth, Minn. (Wayzata)
Kyle Self Central Washington TE 6-5 229 Jr. Vaughn, Wash. (Peninsula)
Darrien Williams Central Washington DB 6-1 192 Fr. Tacoma, Wash. (Lincoln)
Blake Williams-Miller Central Washington LB 6-0 205 Sr. Everett, Wash. (Everett)
Richard Doctor Humboldt State WR 5-9 205 Jr. Lemoore, Calif. (Lemoore)
Josh Hinson Humboldt State DL 6-2 254 Jr. Fresno, Calif (Fresno CC)
Gus Johnson Humboldt State OL 6-3 290 Sr. Reno, Nev. (Galena)
Jacob Christensen Simon Fraser OL 6-4 280 Sr. Campbell River, B.C. (Timberline)
Brad Lyons Simon Fraser DL 6-4 260 So. Port Coquitlam, B.C. (South Dakota State Univ.)
Evan Telford Simon Fraser OL 6-4 275 Sr. Victoria, B.C. (Mount Douglas)
Michael Kluge Western Oregon DL 5-11 285 Jr. Aloha, Ore. (Aloha)
Austin Spencer Western Oregon DB 6-0 190 Sr. Sherwood, Ore. (Sherwood)
Kui Williams Western Oregon DL 6-4 266 Jr. Honolulu, Hawaii (McKinley)
             
* - Unanimous Selection                
+ - First Team Selection In 2015               
# - Second Team Selection In 2015           
& - Honorable Mention Selection In 2015             
@ - First Team Selection In 2014          
$ - Second Team Selection In 2014          
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