Six Linfield College football players have been recognized for outstanding play this fall with appointments to the D3football.com all-West Region team.
Wildcats linebacker Dominique Forrest (Sr., Portland, Ore.) tops the Linfield representatives with his repeat selection as the West Region Defensive Player of the Year.
Forrest captained a defense that dominated the competition on the way to an 11-1 season and an appearance in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. The Wildcats posted back-to-back shutouts during the regular season. Linfield limited opponents to just 14.1 points per game and ranked second in Division III in rushing defense, conceding just 60.2 yards per game.
For the season, the senior from Portland's Jesuit High School racked up 96 tackles, including 16 for loss and five sacks. He also broke up four passes, forced four fumbles and recovered two, and was credited with two quarterback hurries.
Schultz fought off nagging injuries throughout the season to spearhead an offensive line that turned in jaw-dropping statistics. Linfield averaged 48.8 points per contest while setting a school record with 51 rushing touchdowns.
Steele started all nine games on the defensive interior before suffering a career-ending injury in the regular-season finale. He piled up 22 tackles, including 7½ for loss and three sacks, and had one pass breakup and a fumble recovery.
Second team all-region accolades went to Wildcats safety Kyle Wright (Sr., Springfield, Ore.) and kicker Josh Repp (Sr., Alta Loma, Calif.). Wright was the Wildcats' second-leading tackler behind Forrest. A starter in all 12 games, the senior from Springfield, Ore., totaled 54 tackles, three interceptions, eight pass breakups, and one fumble recovery. Repp successfully converted 72 of 75 PAT attempts and split the uprights on 9 of 14 field goal tries. He ends his career as Linfield's most accurate kicker on PATs, missing just three times in 77 attempts.
Quarterback Josh Yoder (Sr., Hubbard, Ore.) received third team recognition. Yoder piloted a balanced offense that averaged 469.2 yards per game, the fourth-highest single-season total in program history. Linfield's 585 total points rank second in club annals trailing only the prolific 650 points produced by the Wildcats' 2004 national championship team.
All six honorees automatically are under consideration for the D3football.com All-America team, which will be announced Dec. 20 just prior to the Stagg Bowl.
The teams, selected in balloting by West Region sports information directors and D3football.com staff, were chosen from 202 nominations by Division III member schools. A total of 79 players were chosen.
Steele, Forrest, Schultz
Wright, Repp, Yoder
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