MINNEAPOLIS – Five Heidelberg University football players have been named All-North Region by D3football.com for the 2014 season. Cartel Brooks, Austin Hunter and Donteea Dye were First Team selections. Alex Damschroder was named to the Second Team and Ben Poirier was named to the Third Team.
Brooks capped off his Heidelberg career with another exceptional season, being named First Team All-North Region for the third consecutive year. He is the only player in Berg football history to be named 1st team All-Region in multiple seasons. Brooks concluded the 2014 campaign with 1401 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns, averaging 8.3 yards per carry. He was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week after the season-opening win over Alma where he ran for 192 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries. Brooks concludes his career averaging 7.71 yards per carry -- an NCAA Division III record.
Hunter's selection on the First Team All-North Region squad follows a Second Team selection one year ago. He received the Ken Wable Award, given to the top offensive lineman in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Hunter helped paved the way for a record-breaking Student Prince offense that averaged 532.5 yards per game this season and set the school record for yards of total offense in a game twice -- with 696 against Alma and 729 versus Ohio Northern. The 5,325 yards of total offense for the season also broke the previous mark set in 2012.
Dye was the other First Team All-North Region selection, turning in one of the top seasons for a wide receiver in Heidelberg history. This was the first All-Region selection for the senior. He was the top receiving target for the record-setting Berg offense, finishing the year with 14 touchdown receptions, which lead the OAC for the regular season and ranked second in Berg history. Dye had two touchdown catches in six different games, including a 213-yard performance in a shootout win over Ohio Northern. His 1,022 receiving yards on the season also led the conference in the regular season.
Damschroder, who was a Third Team All-Region selection a year ago, was named to the Second Team this year. The junior from Carey High School was a big part of blocking for Brooks and his record-breaking rushing attack the past two seasons. Damschroder and the rest of the offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage throughout the season, helping the Heidelberg offense break multiple records.
Poirier was named Third Team All-North Region, marking the third straight season he has been named All-Region. He was a First Team selection a year ago and Third Team as a sophomore in 2012. He led the team with seven sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss on the season. Poirier wrapped up the season with a career-high 11 tackles against Baldwin Wallace, recording 2.5 sacks and 3 tackles for loss, earning him a spot on D3football.com's Team of the Week for the second time in his career.
Heidelberg was one of four schools to have five or more players named to the All-North Region teams.
Each of the five Student Princes selected by D3football.com will be on the ballot for the website's All-America team, which will be announced prior to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl on December 19.