Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney football team has eleven 2018 All-MIAA selections.
The team was announced today and voted upon by the league’s 12 head coaches. They cannot vote for their own players.
Making the first-team is junior inside linebacker Sal Silvio (Kansas City) and junior running back Darrius Webb (Allentown, Pa.). Senior defensive end Tye Spies (Mullen), junior safety Dallas Vaughn (St. Louis) and redshirt freshman “all-purpose back” Montrez Jackson (Trenton, Fla.) were named to the second-team.
Those named honorable mention were graduate student and wide receiver Trey Lansman (Harlan, Ia.), senior center David Squiers (Kearney Catholic), junior defensive end Hinwa Allieu (Gaithersburg, Md.), junior nose guard Jordan Ingraham (Miami), junior punter/kicker Kendall Raschein (Red Bluff, Calif.) and true freshman place kicker Brian Covarrubias (Grand Island H.S.).
Silvio amassed 108 tackles this fall, second most in the MIAA and tied for seventh most in UNK single season history. Missing one game due to injury, the now two-time All-MIAA pick had 55 solo stops, 53 assisted tackles, 4.5 TFL’s, three forced fumbles and QB hurries. Joining fellow ILB Tyke Kozeal (2016) as the only Lopers to be named first-team All-MIAA defense, Silvio enters his senior season ranked eighth in UNK history (since 1990) with 234 career tackles. Finally, he was part of a defense that ranked allowed just 21.5 points and 328 yards per game.
Webb, a first-year Loper, joins left tackle Cole Manhart (2013 & 2014) as the only Lopers to be named first-team All-MIAA offense. He led the MIAA in rushing yards (998), rushing yards per game (90.7) and rushing touchdowns (10) while ranking fifth in carries (162) and eighth in yards per carry (6.2). Webb, also one of UNK’s starting kick returners, was part of the top rushing offense in the nation which averaged 269 yards per week with 30 scores.
Jackson, a high jumper during the track season, was part of that offense as well as the Loper special teams. Coming on in the second half of the year, he had 18 catches for 397 yards (22.1 avg.) and one TD. Jackson also rushed 25 times for 122 yards and two TD’s on the year and brought back 18 kicks for 389 yards (21.6 avg.). All toll Jackson had a 908 all-purpose yards, second to Webb (1,215) on UNK.
For the third straight year, Vaughn ranked second on the Lopers in tackles (55). Earning his first All-MIAA honor, his season also included three fumble recoveries, one interception and 1.5 TFL’s. The three-year starter is now tied for 31st in UNK history (since 1990) with 172 career stops.
Spies capped off a five-year UNK career with 54 tackles (31 solo) this fall including a team-high 10.5 TFL’s Of that TFL total, 4.5 were sacks which tied him with Allie for the team lead. The one-time tight end finishes a three-year defensive career with 116 tackles (22.5 TFL’s) that included 10.5 sacks.
Finally, Spies joins Kozeal, Manhart, safety/punt returner George Brown (2014-15, 2017) and linemen Pete Trausch (2012-14) as the only Lopers named All-MIAA three times.
UNK’s other defensive end, Allieu, is now a two-time All-MIAA pick. The Sierra Leone native had 42 tackles this season which included 6.5 TFL’s (4.5 sacks). Forcing and recovering a fumble, Allieu enters his season with 119 career tackles (11.0 sacks).
Each of UNK’s four other honorable mention selections earn All-MIAA honors for the first time. Lansman was UNK’s top receiver (19 catches, 351 yards & two TD’s), Squires captained an offensive line that not only powered the Loper run game but also gave up only 18 sacks and Ingraham was a force in the middle to the tune of 24 tackles (4.0 TFL’s).
Finally, on special teams, Covarrubias booted 34 of 36 PAT’s and 12 of 17 field goals. Tied for second most made field goals in the MIAA, he joined receiver D’angelo Shepherd and corner James Whitfield Jr. as the only true freshman to play this ear. A junior college transfer, Raschein was among the league leaders in punt average (40.9) and kickoffs (57.0 avg. & 24 touchbacks).
The Lopers went 5-6 in 2018, its most wins in the MIAA era (2012-present). Kearney beat 2018 postseason participant Central Oklahoma and dropped four of its games by a combined 21 points.
UNK begins winter workouts after the Holiday season with spring ball set for March and April 2019. The season begins on Thursday, September 5, at Missouri Southern State.