MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Led by defensive player of the year Eric Hedin, five Wildcats have been named to the D3football.com 2010 All-West Region team, as announced by the Web site Thursday.
Hedin, a defensive end, notched top defensive honors after tallying a school-record 22 sacks in a single season. His sacks total was the best in all divisions of NCAA and was the sixth-highest single-season figure ever recorded in Division III history. The Northwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year finished the season with 80 total tackles, including 36 tackles for loss.
Teammate Drew Fisher earned a spot on the first team defense for the second straight season. The safety ranked fourth on the team in total tackles, finishing the year with 45 takedowns. He also snagged three interceptions and had three pass breakups.
Quarterback Aaron Boehme was named to the first team offense after passing for 26 touchdowns and running for nine more on his way to recording 3,047 yards of total offense. He was also honored as the NWC Offensive Player of the Year.
Joining Boehme on the offensive team was Aaron Heston. He was rock-steady on the offensive line, starting 10 games for the Wildcats at the tackle position.
Paul Nishizaki was a second-team defensive selection for the second time in his career. He started all 11 games for the Wildcats at tackle, racking up 19 total takedowns, including 12 tackles for loss and three sacks.
Linfield advanced to the second round of the playoffs after winning its second-straight league championship. The Wildcats were defeated by the University of St. Thomas to finish the season with a 9-2 record.
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