Nov 13, 2017

Bruins Land Program and Conference-Best 17 Honorees on the All-NWC Football Team

A Winning Tradition

 
  • One post-season appearance (1960 Crusader Bowl)
  • 20 All-NWC Athletes 
  • 6 NWC Student-Athlete of the Week Awards 
  • 2 D3Football.com Team of the Week (Justin Leatherman, 2014; Lenana Meekisho, 2015)
  • 1 D3Football.com All-West Region Team (Nolan Schuler, 2016)
  • 2 NSCA All-American (Justin Kruse, 2015; Dane Jensen, 2017)
  • 2 NFL Draft Picks 
 

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The 2017 All-Northwest Conference Football team was announced Monday afternoon, and the Bruins recorded their first-ever Co-Defensive Player of the Year and a program-best 17 honorees on the list.

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The 17 awards on the All-NWC team beats last year's record of 11 All-NWC athletes. George Fox also recorded the most honors among the conference schools, as the Bruins recorded 17, Linfield had 16 and Whitworth had 14 honors.

Charles Riga becomes the school's first Co-Defensive Player of the Year, while Anthony Garcia becomes the first Bruin to earn two spots for two different positions on the All-NWC team.

Riga, a senior/junior linebacker from Portland, Oregon, earns his second All-NWC first-team honor in his career as a Bruin. He finished the season with a team and conference-best 121 tackles to average 12.1 tackles per game. He was third in the NWC in sacks with seven and tackles for a loss with 13. In his three years of playing for the Bruins, Riga has 293 career tackles, which is the current record for career tackles at George Fox.

Nolan Schuler, a senior offensive lineman from Bakersfield, California, records his third straight honor from the NWC and his second straight All-NWC first-team honor. In 2016, Schuler became the first offensive lineman to earn a spot as a first-team member. Schuler now becomes the first offensive lineman to earn that award in consecutive seasons.

Nathan Corliss, a junior offensive lineman from Palmdale, California, joins Schuler as the second offensive lineman to earn a spot on the All-NWC first-team. Last season, Corliss was named as a second-team member. He was instrumental this season in helping the Bruins produce one of the best teams in the conference.

Caleb Dalzell, a junior defensive end from Gresham, Oregon, earns his first All-NWC first-team honor after being one of the NWC's best defensive lineman. One of Dalzell's best games came against No. 7 Linfield when the junior recorded a NCAA Division III best 7.5 tackles for a loss in a single game. Dalzell was second in the NWC in sacks with 9.5, while leading the conference in tackles for a loss with 17 for 80 yards. He also broke up five passes on the season.

Justin Kruse, a senior defensive end from Salem, Oregon, earns his second straight All-NWC honor. Kruse earns his first All-NWC first-team selection after being named an honorable mention in 2016. He was tied for eighth in the NWC in tackles for a loss (10) and was tied for seventh in the NWC in sacks (5.5).

Grant Schroeder, a senior quarterback from Corvallis, Oregon, finishes his career with back-to-back All-NWC honors. In his final season, Schroeder was named All-NWC second-team after being an honorable mention in 2016. He was third in the NWC in yards (1,772), second in the NWC in efficiency (134.2) and fifth in yards per game (177.2). He finishes his career holding every record at George Fox in the passing game. He ends his time as a Bruin with 7,015 yards, a career 53.6 completion percentage, 55 touchdowns and an efficiency of 122.3.

Brad Lander, a senior wide receiver from Roseburg, Oregon, ends his final season with an All-NWC second-team honor. Lander was fourth in the NWC in yards (540), tied for second in touchdowns (7) and was eighth in yards per game (54.0). He finishes his career with 2,158 yards on 140 receptions and 14 touchdowns.

Anthony Garcia, a sophomore from Whittier, California, becomes the first Bruin to make the team twice. Garcia was named as an All-NWC second team kick returner and an honorable mention as a running back. Garcia was second among returners in the NWC in yards at 501, while recording a conference-best 69 yards as a long. As a running back, he recorded 67 carries for 332 yards and three touchdowns.

Dane Jensen, a senior defensive lineman from Newberg, Oregon, makes the All-NWC for the first time in his career as a second-team member. Jensen recorded a season-best 34 tackles on the season with two sacks and five tackles for a loss. He also forced one fumble and recovered one fumble.

Daniel Campos, a sophomore linebacker from Whittier, California, joins Garcia as one of the two newcomers for the Bruins to grab a spot on the All-NWC team. Campos was named All-NWC second-team. He was third in the NWC in tackles with 76, while recording four sacks and seven tackles for a loss. He also recovered two fumbles, forced one, had one interception and six broken up passes.

Ryan Russo, a senior defensive back from Beaverton, Oregon, earns his first honor on the All-NWC team as a second-team member. Russo finished tied for third in the NWC in broken up passes with 12, while also recording 44 tackles (34 solo) and two interceptions.

Wesley Riddell, a sophomore running back from Monmouth, Oregon, earns his second consecutive All-NWC honorable mention honor. Riddell was fifth among running backs in the NWC in yards with 472 on the season. He also recorded four touchdowns with an average of 4.7 yards per carry.

Lane Hadley, a senior wide receiver from Lakeview, Oregon, earns his first honor on the All-NWC team as an honorable mention. Hadley was tied for fourth among receivers in the NWC in touchdowns with six on the season. He also recorded 30 catches for 381 yards and an average of 12.7 yards per catch.

Chase Hudson, a senior offensive lineman from Corvallis, Oregon, was the final lineman for the Bruins to make the All-NWC team as an honorable mention. Hudson was crucial for the Bruins on the line, as he finishes his career with 33 games played.

Caleb Harrel, a sophomore defensive back from Caldwell, Idaho, earns his first honor from the NWC as an honorable mention. He finished tied for sixth in the NWC in broken up passes with eight, was tied for second in fumbles forced with two and recorded two interceptions.

Rudy Hughes, a junior defensive back from West Linn, Oregon, earns his first honor from the NWC as an honorable mention. He was among the best in interceptions in the conference, as he tied for second with three on the season. He also broke up four passes and recorded 49 tackles with three coming as a loss.

Trent Hardin was named on the All-Northwest Conference Sportsmanship Award for his character on and off the field for the 2017 season.