Southern Oregon junior defensive end Sean Rogers joined Tanner Trosin on the Associated Press NAIA All-America teams, which were voted on by a panel of conference media directors, sports information directors and media members across the country.
Separate from the American Football Coaches Association's NAIA All-America squad, until this year the AP named only a Little All-America team with a combination of NCAA Division II, III and NAIA players. The NAIA All-America team was released Friday but not distributed to Frontier Conference schools with representation.
Trosin, a senior quarterback, was a first-team AP selection, just as he'd been on the AFCA-NAIA list. The Frontier Offensive Player of the Year threw for 31 touchdowns and seven interceptions, completed 62.5 percent of his attempts and ranked second in the NAIA in passing yards (347.4) and total offense (380.5) per game. On the run, he totaled 430 yards with seven more TDs.
Rogers was a second-team selection after being left off the AFCA-NAIA team despite totaling 12 sacks, the third-most in the NAIA. He had 54 tackles on the line, including eight in the quarterfinals and nine in the semifinals of the NAIA Championship Series. In total, he made 16 tackles for losses, including five in those two rounds of the playoffs.
The Raiders finished 10-0 in the Frontier and 12-1 overall. They were No. 5 in the national poll at the end of the regular season. The postseason poll will be released today.
Southern Oregon University's fall sports season yielded 27 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes, the last of which were announced over the weekend by the national office.
To become an honoree, one must be a junior or senior academically, have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better, and have been at their current institution for at least a year. During the 2016-17 school year, SOU had 29 such athletes for all three seasons combined, and there were 21 the previous year.
The Raider women's soccer team led the way again with seven Scholar Athletes: Sarah Garoutte (criminology), Jacqueline Laird (English and writing major), Macaylea Mitchell (environmental studies), Kelsey Randall (business), Andi Rasmussen (health and P.E.), Simone Schroder (pre-nursing) and Makena Totushek (nursing).
Six Raider volleyball players were recognized: Kiley Barcroft (pre-nursing), Hannah Bogatin (business), Natalie James (sociology), Nila Lukens (biology), Taylor Ristvedt (environmental science) and Ariana Sattler (biology).
The SOU men's cross country team was next with five honorees: Caleb Diaz (economics), Noah Oberriter (pre-nursing), Aidan Paulk (psychology), Kevin Poteracke (mathematics) and Ray Schireman (biochemistry). Kayle Blackmore (communications) and Jessa Perkinson (psychology) represented the women's squad.
From the Raider men's soccer team, Brendan Allen (business), Takoda Daubel (pre-medicine), Paul Matyas (environmental science) and Daniel Zamores (pre-physical therapy) were listed.
SOU's football team was represented by Tyler Cox (outdoor adventure leadership), Isaac Hurd (criminal justice) and Caden Johnson (health and P.E.).
Earlier this fall, 49 Raiders were named to the Academic All-Cascade Conference team — more than any school in the CCC.