Tuesday, November 27, 2012 | Valley Football
2012 Valley Football All-Newcomer Team

ST. LOUIS — QB Sawyer Kollmorgen of UNI has been named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Newcomer of the Year and MVFC Freshman of the Year. He heads a list of 23 student-athletes named to the 2012 Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team. League coaches, sports information directors and a media panel selected the team.

 Kollmorgen started in every game for the Panthers during his debut in a UNI uniform during the 2012 season, and he finished the season 185-of-313 passing with 21 touchdowns and 2,460 yards. The 2,460 pass yards were the most ever for an MVFC freshman. He was second in the MVFC in total offense and passing average per game and led the league in pass efficiency with a passer rating of 141.9. Kollmorgen passed for over 200 yards in nine games this season including a season high 333 yards against Youngstown State. Kollmorgen is the third Panther to win the league's Freshman of the Year honor and the fourth to be named Newcomer of the Year. He's the first-ever MVFC player to win both awards.

 Kollmorgen is a finalist -- along with fellow freshmen LB T.J. Lally of South Dakota State and LB J.J. Raffelson of Western Illinois -- for the Jerry Rice Award, given to the top freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision.

OL Josh Aladenoye, Illinois State 6-6 335 Jr. Mesquite (Texas) North High School / Oklahoma
OL Jermaine Barton, Illinois State 6-8 310 So. Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas High School / Miami
FB Andrew Bonnet, North Dakota St. 6-3 242 Fr. Council Bluffs (Iowa) Underwood High
OG Josh Colville, North Dakota State 6-2 279 Fr. Deephaven (Minn.) Minnetonka High
RB John Crockett, North Dakota State 5-11 202 So. Minneapolis (Minn.) Totino-Grace High
WR Phil Dudley, Illinois State 5-9 185 Jr. Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis High School / Ball State
RB Ryan Heaston, Missouri State 5-10 174 Fr. Cordova (Tenn.) High
QB Sawyer Kollmorgen, UNI 6-2 215 Fr. Jenks (Okla.) High
QB Mike Perish, Indiana State 6-3 210 So. Frankfort (Ill.) Marist High / Western Michigan
TE Sam Rohr, UNI 6-3 219 Fr. Brookfield (Wis.) Central High
WR/KR Fredson Salomon, W. Illinois 5-9 150 Jr. Miami (Fla.) North Miami High / ASA College
RB/RS Jasper Sanders, S. Dakota 5-10 200 Jr. Kansas City (Kan.) Piper High / Butler Community College

CB Julius Childs, Youngstown State 5-11 185 So. Los Angeles (Calif.) Lynwood High / Compton
LB Alex Donnelly, Illinois State 6-0 225 Fr. Kirkland (Wash.) Lake Washington High School
LB Jake Farley, UNI 6-1 220 So. Cedar Falls (Iowa) High / Kansas
LB T.J. Lally, South Dakota State 6-0 225 Fr. Chicago (Ill.) Marmion Academy
P Ben LeCompte, North Dakota State 5-10 197 Fr. Barrington (Ill.) High
DL Marshall Peugh, South Dakota St. 6-3 240 Jr. Avondale (Ariz.) Ironwood High / Glendale College
LB J.J. Raffelson, Western Illinois 6-3 235 Fr. Lake Zurich (Ill.) High
DB Mark Sewall, Indiana State 5-10 190 Fr. Western Springs (Ill.) Lyons Township High
SS Ezra Thompson, Illinois State 6-2 215 Jr. Tinley Park (Ill.) Lincoln-Way East High School / Colorado State
DE Connor Underwood, Indiana State 6-3 230 Fr. Washington (Ill.) Washington Community High
LB Tyler Williamson, Southern Illinois 6-2 217 So. Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic High / Highland Community College