HAYS, Kansas — Fort Hays State senior football players Alex Whitehill and Ethan Kosjer were named to the Daktronics All-Super Region 4 First Team on defense for the 2011 season following their record-setting year. The two earn this distinction after both earning All-MIAA First Team honors earlier in the fall. The Daktronics All-Region Team is voted on by sports information directors within Super Region 4.
Alex Whitehill, native of McPherson, Kan., is a first-team selection at linebacker. Whitehill finished the season leading NCAA Division II in tackles with 164, just five short of the Division II single-season record. However, he did set a new school record for tackles in a season, breaking the old mark of 150 set by Junior Hartig in 1979. He also set a new NCAA Division II record for assisted tackles in a season with 106, breaking the old mark of 105 set by Brian Holliday of Fayetteville State in 2002. Whitehill recorded at least 10 tackles in nine of 11 games this year and never had less than seven in a game. He had at least 20 tackles in a game three times this year. Whitehill was a Preseason All-American selection by Consensus Draft Services. He earned All-MIAA honors and CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District honors for the second year in a row.
Ethan Kosjer is a first team selection at punter. The Douglass, Kan., native led the MIAA in punting average for the second straight season, this year at 44.4 yards per boot. He also led all of Super Region 4 in punting average. Kosjer ended the season ranked third in NCAA Division II in punting average. He set new single-season and career records at FHSU for punting average. His 44.4 yards per kick this year eclipsed the old mark of 43.2 set by Adam Ryan in 2000 and his career average of 42.7 passed the mark of 41.4, also set by Ryan. He earned All-MIAA honors for the second time in his career this year and this is the second Daktronics All-Super Region 4 honor of his career, after earning second team honors in 2009.
Both players will now be placed on the Daktronics All-American ballot after earning first team selections.