UM-Duluth Players Earn All-America Honors

Numerous former Wisconsin prep standouts helped Minnesota-Duluth finish 15-0 and win the Division II national title, including Ted Schlafke at left and below with fellow seniors Jim Johnson (22), Nate Baier (69) and Tyler Yelk (24).

The postseason honors continued to roll in for members of the University of Minnesota-Duluth football team after it claimed the NCAA Division II national championship.

And several of those competitors who helped the Bulldogs finish 15-0 give the list a definite Wisconsin flavor.

Eight UM-D performers received All-American recognition from Don Hansen's Football Gazette on Thursday, including four seniors from the Badger State: quarterback Ted Schlafke of Stevens Point, Bloomer offensive tackle Nate Baier, free safety Tyler Yelk of Poynette and outside linebacker Ben Loth of Menasha.

Schlafke (6-0, 185) was named the publication's offensive back of the year. The 6-3, 290-pound Baier joined Schlafke on the 27-player first unit, while Yelk (6-0, 200) made the third team and Loth (6-5, 235) earned honorable mention status.

Wisconsinites know the walk

The honors didn't end there Thursday as D2Football.com selected Yelk to its All-America first team, Baier and senior strong safety Jim Johnson of Little Chute to its second squad and gave Schlafke honorable mention status.

Schlafke (first), Baier (second) and Yelk (third) earlier had been chosen for the Associated Press Little All-America team.

The former SPASH standout, who was a quarterfinalist for the Harlon Hill player of the year trophy, completed 213 of 238 pass attempts (64.9 percent) with a 35-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio while adding 495 yards and seven rushing TDs. He combined for 234.2 yards per game in total offense.

Johnson and Yelk grabbed four and three interceptions, respectively. Johnson was second on the Bulldogs with 78 total tackles, Yelk was third with 70 and Loth was sixth with 52 and led the team with 11.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.


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