WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Five members of Slippery Rock University’s Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference runner-up football team were named Thursday as Daktronics All-Super Region 1 performers.
Selected as first-team all-region performers by sports information directors at the 49 NCAA Division II schools that comprise Super Region 1 were Rock senior quarterback Nigel Barksdale, senior punter James McCombie, redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Cory Tucker and senior wide receiver John Schademan.
Rock senior linebacker Quindell Dean earned second-team honors.
All five Rock players named to all-region status had previously received first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division honors.
The four first-team all-region selections are now eligible for Daktronics All-America honors that will be awarded later this month.
Barksdale, who earned the PSAC-West Offensive Athlete of the Year honor and was one of seven Super Region 1 finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy awarded annually to the top NCAA Division II player in the nation, rewrote the SRU single-season offensive record book this fall.
A native of San Jacinto, Calif., Barksdale set new SRU records for single-season passing yards (3,736), passing touchdowns (30), pass attempts (427) and pass completions (247) as well as total offense (4,199).
Barksdale also set a Rock record with six touchdown passes in the season-opening win Sept. 7 at Northwood (Mich.) and recorded four of the top five and five of the top seven single-game passing yardage totals in school history.
Barksdale led the PSAC in passing yards and total offense, ranked second in pass completions and attempts and fourth in TD passes.
A former standout at Mount San Jacinto College in California, Barksdale threw for 400 or more yards in three games this season, headlined by a 465-yard performance at Northwood.
Barksdale ended the regular season ranked in the top 10 nationally in three categories. He was fifth in passing yards, sixth in total offense (349.9 yards per game) and seventh in passing yards per game (318.2). Barksdale also ranked 13th in touchdown passes.
A four-time PSAC-West Offensive Athlete of the Week and the only player to earn that honor more than once, Barksdale ranks fourth on the PSAC's all-time, single-season total offense chart and fifth on the passing yards list.
Barksdale's favorite receiver this fall, Schademan set new school records for single-season pass receiving yards (1,484), single-season pass receiving touchdowns (15) and single-game pass receiving yards (229, Sept. 28 vs. Mercyhurst).
Schademan, who was one of The Rock team captains this fall, ranked second among PSAC receivers in receptions (77), receiving yards and receiving TDs and was third in yards per catch with a 19.3 mark and.
A native of Pittsburgh and graduate of Bethel Park High School, Schademan finished the regular season ranked fifth nationally in receiving TDs, sixth in total receiving yards and 11th in receiving yards per game (123.7).
Schademan, a third-year member of The Rock program after starting his collegiate career at Division I Colgate University, ended the season ranked fourth on SRU's single-season pass receptions chart.
Dean ranked second on the team in total tackles with 76 (43 solo, 33 assisted) in 11 games played and started at strongside linebacker. Dean ranked ninth in the PSAC in tackles for loss with a team-high 14.5 for -47 yards.
A native of Uniontown and graduate of Uniontown High School, Dean also intercepted two passes, one of which he returned for a touchdown in the NCAA first-round game at Winston-Salem State, batted down six passes and recorded two quarterback hurries.
Dean ended the regular season ranked 24th on SRU's career tackles list with 239. He ranked 18th in career solo tackles with 125 solo and was 14th in career tackles for loss with 32 for -155 yards.
A fourth-year member of The Rock program after being redshirted as a true freshman at Division I Toledo, Dean has recorded nine quarterback sacks, one shy of being included in the school's top 25 in that category.
McCombie, The Rock's starting punter for the last four seasons, led the PSAC this fall with a career-best 43.2 yards per punt average to finish his career with a 40.3 yards per punt average.
A native of Nicktown and graduate of Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg, McCombie had 14 punts that traveled 50 or more yards this fall, headlined by a career-best 74-yarder in the season opener at Northwood.
McCombie also had 16 of his 62 punts land inside the opponents' 20-yard line this fall and only nine result in touchbacks.
Tucker, a second-year starter from South Park (South Park High School), anchored a young, no-senior, Rock offensive line that paved the road to a school-record 500 points.
Behind the Tucker-led frontline, The Rock offense led the PSAC in total offense (536.5 yards per game), passing offense (354.3 ypg) and scoring offense (43.3 points per game).
Those marks ranked fourth, sixth and seventh, respectively, among all 168 NCAA Division II football-playing institutions. The Rock also ranked sixth in in the 16-team PSAC in rushing offense with a 182.3 ypg average
SRU, one of six teams that earned a berth in this year’s NCAA Super Region 1 playoffs, was one of four schools that had four student-athletes named to first-team honors.
Shepherd and West Chester, the two teams that will meet in Saturday’s regional championship game, also had four first-team all-region performers, as did Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion Bloomsburg.
Bloomsburg senior running back Franklyn Quiteh was selected as the Daktronics Super Region 1 Offensive Player of the Year, while Shippensburg senior defensive end Jake Metz won the Defensive Player of the Year award.
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