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Boerma, Creighton, and Saline Named to All-MIAC Team; Five Others Honored

November 22, 2016 at 2:06 pm
(L to R) Zach Creighton, Pete Boerma, and Dylan Saline
(L to R) Zach Creighton, Pete Boerma, and Dylan Saline

MIAC press release

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- A total of eight Carleton College football players took home accolades as the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) coaches handed out their postseason awards. Defensive tackle Pete Boerma (Sr./Watertown, S.D.) repeated as an All-MIAC First-Team selection. The Knights also had two players voted to the all-conference second team. Wide receiver Zach Creighton (Sr./Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North) was named to the offensive unit, while defensive back Dylan Saline (Sr./Anoka, Minn./Champlin Park) was selected to the special teams unit.

Four other Knights received All-MIAC Honorable Mention:

  • Offensive lineman Hunter Brown (Sr./Hingham, Mass.)
  • Kicker Brandt Davis (Sr./La Verne, Calif./Bonita)
  • Defensive back Mark Leedy (So./Naples, Fla./Barron Collier)
  • Offensive lineman Tyler Rolland (Jr./Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley)

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Football All-MIAC honorable mention image, Hunter Brown, Brandt Davis, Mark Leedy, Tyler Rolland, 2016-11-12,

(L to R) Hunter Brown, Brandt Davis, Mark Leedy, and Tyler Rolland

The MIAC has proven once again in 2016 to be one of the top conferences in Division III. Two teams are currently ranked inside the top 10 and two others received votes in the national poll this season, making the Knights plethora of award recipients that much more impressive.

Boerma paced the Carleton defense with 3.5 sacks, tied for the team lead in quarterback hurries, and was second on the roster with 4.0 tackles for loss. He is the first Carleton defensive lineman since J.J. Franz (in 1999-2000) to be twice voted to the All-MIAC First Team.

Although Creighton did not transition from quarterback to wide receiver until midseason, he immediately gave opposing defenses problems. Creighton totaled at least nine receptions and 68 receiving yards in each of his six games at the new position. He finished the season with 65 receptions, tops among MIAC players. Creighton averaged 10.83 receptions per game at receiver, a figure that would have led Division III and been second among all NCAA players had he played the full season at the position. He totaled 554 receiving yards in his half-dozen contests at wideout, the most in the conference since Oct. 1 and an average of 92.3 yards per game. He also five touchdown receptions, ranking eighth overall on the year and the MIAC’s fourth-best total after Oct. 1. Creighton also paced the Knights’ ground game, leading the squad in rushing yards (273), yards per attempt (4.4), and rushing touchdowns (3).

Saline averaged of 21.1 yards per return for a total of 443 yards, with both figures ranking third-best among MIAC players in 2016. He also handled punt return duties for the Knights all season and finished as one of only two players in the conference to total 200 kick return yards and return more than two punts

Saline, who was also all-conference honorable mention in 2015, was a key cog in the Carleton defense, leading the unit with 7.0 tackles per contest this fall to rank third among conference defensive backs and 12th in the MIAC overall. He accumulated 42 solo tackles, the third-highest total among all MIAC defenders, to go along with 28 assisted tackles. He also ranked fourth in the MIAC with four interceptions and forced two fumbles, one off the conference lead.

Leedy tied for second on the Knights with 54 total tackles, which ranked seventh among MIAC defensive backs this season. He added two interceptions, forced one fumble and recovered another.

Davis was 9-of-10 on field game attempts during the season, tied for the fifth-best rate among Division III kickers this season and 19th among players at every level of NCAA football (FBS, FCS, D-II and D-III). He drilled a 30-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Knights to a 34-31 Homecoming victory over previously undefeated Hamline. The nine made field goals tied the highest recorded single-season mark in Carleton history. Over his collegiate career, Davis converted 19-of-27 field-goal attempts, the most made field goals and highest field-goal percentage (.704) in recorded team history.

Both Brown and Rolland started every game for Carleton on the offensive line, the former at left tackle and the latter at center. Their work in pass protection led to Carleton yielding its third-lowest sack total since 2001.

Additionally, as part of the conference’s continuing sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC announced the 11th-annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for football. Members of this squad are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition. Senior linebacker Brett Sterk (Hermantown, Minn.) was chosen as Carleton’s representative.