Lions Football Players Named to All-NCCAA Football Team
Ellendale, ND: Trinity Bible College Lions Football 2013 season has been in the books now for well over a month and it’s that time of the year when yearly football awards are announced for the NCCAA. This year the Lions had 5 players named to the All-NCCAA Team.
Junior linebacker Cole White (Grass Valley, CA) was the only Lion to be named to the All-NCCAA 1st Team Defense. This is the 3rd time Cole has been given this honor and the 1st time for a Trinity Bible College Lions Football player to be named to the All-NCCAA Team three times. Cole finished the year with 121 total tackles (2nd most in a single season in TBC Football history). He had one fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble and he finished ranked 3rd in the NCCAA in total tackles.
Cole White- LB #22 JR.
The Lions had two players named to the All-NCCAA 2nd Team, senior offensive lineman Tucker Risse (Martin, SD) and sophomore running back Johnny Perry Jr (Fort Worth, TX). This was both Risse and Perry Jr.’s first time being named to this honor. Risse was a four year starter and senior captain for the Lions, where he battled in the trenches on the offensive line where it is hard to get recognition. Risse was an outstanding lineman and leader for the Lions all four years. Perry Jr. had a record breaking year at running back for the Lions as he rushed for 1246 yards and broke the school’s single season rushing record (1185). Perry Jr. had 290 carries on the year for 113 yards per game average and 9 touchdowns to pair with his 36 catches for 374 yards with one touchdown (1640 yards total offense on the year).
Johnny Perry- RB #5 SO. Tucker Risse- OL #77 SR.
The Lions had two players named to the Honorable Mention All-NCCAA Team, senior cornerback Jason Elliott (Thedford, NE) and sophomore defensive lineman Daniel Rodriguez (Miami, FL). Both players were named Honorable Mention All-NCCAA Defense, a first time for either player. Elliott a four year starter at various positions for the Lions missed five games this season due to injury but still had a stellar senior season. He racked up 34 total tackles, with 4.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions (5th in the NCCAA), 8 pass break ups, and 1 fumble recovery. Rodriguez finished his 2nd season with 55 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. He finished ranked 2nd in the NCCAA in tackles for loss and 3rd in the NCCAA for sacks.