Kitchens Takes Home 2nd Team All-America Honors From D2CCA


WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Catawba sophomore Kyle Kitchens (Decatur, Ga./Decatur) has been named a 2015 D2CCA second team All-American.  Ferris State quarterback Jason Vander Laan and Grand Valley State defensive end Matt Judon highlight the teams, being named the Ron Lenz Players of the Year, as released Wednesday by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America.

Kitchens claims his second All-America honor as he was earlier named to AFCA squad.  He was both the South Atlantic Conference and D2CCA Region 2 Defensive Player of the Year.

Kitchens was in on a league best 13 sacks on the season with 11 solo and two shared sacks which totaled 97 yards in losses.  He also topped the SAC in tackles for losses with 21 solo and four assisted TFLs that totaled 151 negative yards.  Kitchens ranks 11th in NCAA II in both categories.

Vander Laan, who claimed the Harlon Hill Trophy in 2014 and is a finalist this season, became the greatest rushing quarterback in NCAA college football history at any level this season concluding his career with 5,953 total yards on the ground.  He became the first player in NCAA history to top 1,000 yards rushing and passing for four consecutive seasons.

Vander Laan led the Bulldogs to a cumulative 37-9 overall mark, two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles, two NCAA playoff appearances and back-to-back unbeaten regular seasons as the Ferris State signal caller.  The two-time GLIAC Player of the Year finished his senior campaign passing for 2,625 yards and 27 touchdowns while rushing for 1,542 yards and 24 more scores.

Judon, the 2015 Gene Upshaw Award winner as Division II’s top lineman, played a key role in guiding Grand Valley State’s run to the NCAA Division II semifinals.  The 6-4, 255-pounder led all of college football with 20 sacks as a four-year letter winner for the Lakers.  The 2015 GLIAC Defensive Player of the Year closed the campaign with 81 tackles including 23.5 stops for loss.

The Ron Lenz National Player of the Year award was named for long time South Dakota State sports information director Ron Lenz in 2008. Lenz was instrumental in the foundation of the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America program.

The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.

2015 D2CCA All-America Football Teams
TE - Cole Spurgeon (Colorado Mines Sr. 6-3 235 Gretna, Neb.)
OL - Cory Tucker (Slippery Rock Sr. 6-4 305 South Park, Pa.)
OL - Jim Walsh (Grand Valley State Sr. 6-5 310 Howell, Mich.)
OL - Shane Smith (Northwest Missouri State Sr. 6-4 297 Shelbina, Mo.)
OL - Zach Martinez (Colorado State-Pueblo Sr. 6-6 293 Redlands, Calif.)
OL - Joe Ray (Lenoir-Rhyne Sr. 6-1 270 Atlanta, Ga.)
WR - Jon Schnaars (East Stroudsburg Sr. 6-3 210 Harrisburg, Pa.)
WR - Reece Horn (Indianapolis Sr. 6-3 215 Carmel, Ind.)
QB - Jason Vander Laan (Ferris State Sr. 6-4 244 Frankfort, Ill.)
RB - Ja’Quan Gardner (Humboldt State So. 5-7 190 Ceres, Calif.)
RB - Cameron McDondle (Colorado State-Pueblo Sr. 5-7 202 Littleton, Colo.)
RS - D.J. Jones (Southwestern Oklahoma Jr. 5-7 155 Oakland, Calif.)
PK - Cole Tracy (Assumption So. 6-0 185 Camarillo, Calif.)

DL - Matt Judon (Grand Valley State Sr. 6-4 255 West Bloomfield, Mich.)
DL - Joshua Gordon (Minnesota State-Mankato Sr. 6-2 255 Milwaukee, Wisc.)
DL - Morgan Fox (Colorado State-Pueblo Sr. 6-4 259 Fountain, Colo.)
LB - Connor Harris (Lindenwood Jr. 6-0 243 Lee’s Summit, Mo.)
LB - Brock Long (Fort Hays State Sr. 5-11 210 Assaria, Kan.)
LB - Jewell Ratliff (Tuskegee Sr. 6-1 238 New Orleans, La.)
LB - Marquez Gollman (Grand Valley State Jr. 5-11 190 Ypsilanti, Mich.)
S - Kevin Berg (Northwest Missouri State Jr. 5-11 184 Kansas City, Mo.)
S - Marqui Christian (Midwestern State Sr. 6-1 205 Spring, Texas)
CB - Solomon St. Pierre (Sioux Falls Sr. 5-11 178 Wagner, S.D.)
CB - Michael Jordan (Missouri Western State Sr. 6-0 200 Hazelwood, Mo.)
P - Matt Klingler (Lindenwood Sr. 6-1 235 St. Louis, Mo.)

TE - Daree’ Goodwin (West Liberty Sr. 6-4 235 Wheeling, W. Va.)
OL - Herschel Prater (Minnesota State-Mankato Sr. 6-6 325 Ferguson, Mo.)
OL - Orion Awa-Dubose (West Georgia Sr. 6-1 294 Oxnard, Calif.)
OL - Alex Cappa (Humboldt State So. 6-7 285 Dublin, Calif.)
OL - Alfredo Moreno (Midwestern State Sr. 6-2 285 Phoenix, Ariz.)
OL - Chris Reaper (Findlay Sr. 6-3 281 Toledo, Ohio)
WR - Jameson Parsons (St. Cloud State Jr. 6-2 201 Eagan, Minn.)
WR - Xavier Ayers (Western New Mexico Jr. 5-11 160 Albuquerque, N.M.)
QB - Brent Wilson (Emporia State Sr. 6-0 194 Ponca City, Okla.)
RB - Austin Ekeler (Western State Colorado Jr. 5-9 198 Eaton, Colo.)
RB - Damian Baker (Carson-Newman Sr. 5-8 195 Columbus, Miss.)
RS - Sheldon Mayer (Shippensburg Sr. 5-7 170 Norristown, Pa.)
PK - Brent Wahle (Ohio Dominican Sr. 6-2 175 Pataskala, Ohio)

DL - Justin Zimmer (Ferris State Sr. 6-3 292 Greenville, Mich.)
DL - Marcus Martin (Slippery Rock So. 6-3 245 West Mifflin, Pa.)
DL - Collin Bevins (Northwest Missouri State Jr. 6-6 286 Creston, Iowa)
LB - D’Gary Wallace (Urbana Sr. 6-0 210 Dayton, Ohio)
LB - Daniel Laudermilk (Midwestern State Sr. 6-1 226 Austin, Texas)
LB - Kyle Kitchens (Catawba So. 6-2 205 Decatur, Ga.)
LB - Teven Williams (Slippery Rock Sr. 5-11 220 Huber Heights, Ohio)
S - Antion McBee (Southwest Baptist Sr. 6-2 210 St. Louis, Mo.)
S - Floyd Jones (North Alabama Sr. 6-0 217 Town Creek, Ala.)
CB - Dustin Rivas (Colorado Mesa So. 5-11 180 Thornton, Colo.)
CB - Dominique Rouse (Midwestern State Sr. 5-10 180 Apopka, Fla.)
P - Dakota Swinehart (Western State Colorado Sr. 5-10 207 Taos, N.M.)

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