Three Wayne State College football players were named to the 2018 Don Hansen All-Super Region Four Team released Tuesday by the Don Hansen Football Committee. Junior linebacker Tyler Thomsen received First Team Defense honors, senior wide receiver Nate Rogers was named Third Team Offense and junior defensive end Jacob Protzman was a Third Team Defense selection.
The First and Second Team All-Region selections advance to a national ballot from which the 2018 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America Team will be selected in March.
Thomsen, a 6-1 225-pound junior linebacker from Fremont (Archbishop Bergan HS), was a First Team All-NSIC South Division and D2CCA All-Super Region 4 Second Team selection this season after leading Wayne State and the Northern Sun Conference in tackles with 120, averaging 10.9 tackles per game. He recorded 10 or more tackles in eight games this season, highlighted by a season-best 15 stops with one interception for 49 yards in a 42-35 win at Upper Iowa. Thomsen also had two blocked kicks with 5.5 tackles for loss (11 yds.) and one sack (2 yds.) this season. Thomsen was All-NSIC South Division honorable mention last season as a sophomore.
Rogers, a 6-5, 205-pound senior wide receiver from South Sioux City (South Sioux City HS), received Second Team All-NSIC South Division honors this year after leading the Wildcats in receiving with 70 catches for 1,009 yards and 11 touchdowns. He ranked third in the NSIC in receptions per game (6.36), receiving yards per game (91.7) and touchdowns (11). Rogers became the first WSC receiver since Frederick Bruno in 2009 to have a 1,000-yard receiving season and closed out his Wildcat career ranked third in receptions (177), fourth in receiving yards (2,456) and first in career touchdown receptions (38). He was a First Team All-NSIC South Division selection last season.
Protzman, a 6-4 250-pound junior defensive end from Grimes, Iowa (Dallas Center-Grimes HS), was a South Division Second Team selection on defense after ranking third in the NSIC this season in sacks (10 for 62 yds.) and tackles for loss (16 for 73 yds.). Protzman was named NSIC Defensive Player of the Week on September 10th after recording a single game school record five sacks and eight tackles in a 23-14 win at Southwest Minnesota State. He finished the season ranked fourth on the Wildcat defense in total tackles with 49 and had three quarterback hurries with one forced fumble.
Wayne State finished the 2018 season with records of 3-8 overall and 2-5 in the NSIC South Division.