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NSIC football honors handed out at Wayne State

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Wayne State's Richard Daniel was voted by league coaches as the NSIC Defensive Player of the Year. Wayne State's Richard Daniel was voted by league coaches as the NSIC Defensive Player of the Year.

Wayne State College received two post season awards and had 10 players selected to the 2012 Northern Sun Conference All-Conference Football Team announced Tuesday.  Senior defensive end Richard Daniel was voted by league coaches as the NSIC Defensive Player of the Year while junior running back Charlie Davidson collected NSIC Offensive Newcomer of the Year honors.

Three Wildcats landed NSIC South Division First Team honors – Daniel, senior punter Randy Weich and senior defensive lineman Jeff Pokorny.  
 
Daniel was a NSIC South Division First Team Defense selection for a third straight season while racking up some impressive defensive numbers to be named NSIC Defensive Player of the Year.  The 6-1, 225 pound senior defensive end from Papillion-LaVista HS led the NSIC in fumbles forced (6), tied for third in fumbles recovered (3), was fourth in sacks with eight for 40 yards and tied for fifth in tackles for loss with 14.5 for 65 yards.  He was the fourth leading tackler on the Wildcat defense and finished his career ranked fifth all-time with 28 career sacks.
 
Davidson, a 6-1 210 pound junior running back from Wheaton, Illinois (College of Dupage), became a workhorse for the Wildcats the second half of the season while becoming one of the top rushers in the NSIC.  He finished the season with 870 yards on 178 carries with seven touchdowns, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.  His 79.1 yards per game ranked sixth overall in the NSIC while his average of 98.2 yards in South Division games ranked second.  Davidson had four games of 100 or more yards, highlighted by season highs of 150 yards on 36 carries in a 17-14 win at Upper Iowa.
 
Weich is an NSIC South Division First Team Punter for a third straight season after leading the NSIC in punting for a third straight year averaging 44.8 yards per punt. The 6-2, 250 pound senior from Pierce, Nebraska ranks third nationally in punt average and had 16 punts of 50 yards or more and 13 punts inside the 20 yard line. He owns virtually all punting records at WSC and had a season-best 85 yard boot at Sioux Falls last Saturday.
 
Pokorny, a 6-3 280 pound senior defensive tackle from Howells, Nebraska (Howells HS), led all NSIC interior linemen this season averaging 6.7 tackles per game while ranking second on the Wildcat defense with 74 total tackles.  He was tied for third in the NSIC with three fumble recoveries and had 12.5 tackles for loss for 52 yards.
 
Wayne State finished the 2012 season with a 6-5 record.  It was the sixth straight winning season for the Wildcats, the first time that has happened in the 97 year history of Wayne State football.  WSC loses 16 seniors from this year's team.
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