Dec 06, 2017

Dalzell, Riga and Schuler Named D3Football.com All-West Region

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NEWBERG, Ore. --- George Fox football's Caleb Dalzell, Charles Riga and Nolan Schuler have been named D3Football.com 2017 All-West Region, as announced by D3Football.com Tuesday.

Dalzell and Riga were both named first-team defense, while Schuler grabbed a spot on second-team offense.

The teams, selected in balloting by West Region sports information directors and D3football.com staff, were chosen from 259 nominations by Division III member schools. A total of 77 players were chosen. Players nominated for All-Region are eligible to be considered for D3football.com All-America honors, which will be announced the evening of Dec. 15, in D3football.com's pregame coverage for Stagg Bowl XLV.

This marks the first time multiple Bruins have grabbed a spot on the D3Football.com All-West Region team, as Schuler was the first Bruin in the 2016 season to earn third-team offense. Dalzell and Riga become the first Bruins to grab a spot as first-team selections.

Dalzell, a junior defensive end from Gresham, Oregon, had a prolific year when it came to awards. The defensive end capped off his junior season as a first-team defense All-West Region member, a first-team defense All-Northwest Conference selection, a 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District award winner, a D3Football.com Team of the Week honor and an NWC Football Student-Athlete of the Week honor. He went down as one of the best defensive linemen in the NWC, leading the conference in tackles for a loss (17) and was second in the NWC in sacks (9.5). His best game came against No. 7 Linfield when he recorded an NCAA Division III-best 7.5 tackles for a loss in a single game.

Riga, a junior linebacker from Portland, Oregon, was named NWC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-NWC defense to go along with the first-team defense All-West Region award. Riga became the first Bruin to earn NWC Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the program after leading the conference in tackles with 121 on the season. He was third in the NWC in sacks (7) and tackles for a loss (13). In his three years playing for the Bruins, Riga has 293 career tackles, which is the current record for career tackles at George Fox.

Schuler, a senior offensive lineman from Bakersfield, California, becomes the first Bruin to earn a second honor on the D3Football.com All-West Region Team. Last season, Schuler was named third-team offense, while improving that mark to a second-team offense in his final season as a Bruin. Schuler was a three-time All-NWC selection while becoming the first offensive lineman to earn a spot as a first-team All-NWC selection.

Brett Kasper (QB) of UW-Oshkosh was named Offensive Player of the Year, Michael Joseph (CB) of Dubuque of was named Defensive Player of the Year and Pat Cerroni of UW-Oshkosh was named Coach of the Year.