Phil Steele's College Football Preview


This All-American team was strictly provided by Josh Buchanan of While Phil Steele did not personally select
this team, he does support the great job Mr. Buchanan does with his coverage of NAIA football. Also Mr. Steele is posting Mr. Buchanan's picks on his site to provide a major platform for the NAIA All-American team as these players deserve national recognition. If you
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QB Austin Dodge Southern Oregon JR DL Andre Jolly Baker (KS) JR K Marcus Kerrigan William Penn (IA) SR
RB Terrance Cobb Cumberlands (KY) SR DL Ty Phillips Missouri Valley SR P Kollin Carman Saint Francis (IN) SR
RB Tevin Lake Marian (IN) JR DL Marvin Newkirk III Kentucky Christian SR AP Willie Gibson Cumberlands (KY) SR
WR Jesse Vaughn Evangel (MO) SR DL Garrett Garcia Bethel (KS) SR
WR Jon Hilliger Ottawa (KS) SR LB Jeremy Wallace St. Ambrose (IA) SR
TE Clay Sierra Southern Oregon SO LB Weston Hazelhurst Cumberlands (KY) SR
OL Dillon Carmichael Doane (NE) SR LB Zach Dolph Saint Xavier (IL) SR
OL Cameron Edwards Saint Francis (IN) SR LB Marcus Carter Friends (KS) SR
OL Matt Hall Belhaven (MS) SR DB Tyler Davis Missouri Valley SR
OL Austin Britt Ottawa (KS) SR DB Taylor Brown Saint Francis (IN) JR
OL Tim Ladd Saint  Xavier (IL) SR DB Adrian Hightower Cumberlands (KY) SR
DB Jesse McCloud Montana Western SR
QB Neal Pawsat Georgetown (KY) JR DL Jeff Cascella St. Francis (IL) JR K Thomas Cortez Valley City State JR
RB Greg Gates MidAmerica Nazarene SR DL Sean Condon Carroll College(MT) JR P Mitchell Mascaro Cumberlands (KY) SR
RB Nick Pesek Saint Xavier (IL) SR DL Ty Hardnett Faulkner (AL) SR AP Jesse Vaughn Evangel (MO) SR
WR Joel McCabe Morningside (IA) SR DL Andrew Mahan Faulkner (AL) SR
WR Kyle Schuck Morningside (IA) SR LB Aaron Roberg Morningside (IA) SR
TE Austin Klett Morningside (IA) SR LB Brock Messina Georgetown (KY) SR
OL Marc Osborn Grand View (IA) SR LB Dudley Bickham Grand View (IA) SR
OL Tanner Paxton Hastings (NE) JR LB Sean Blomquist Carroll College (MT) JR
OL Sonny Ahkui Rocky Mountain SR DB Derek Blessing Concordia (NE) SR
OL John Ilaria Bethel (TN) JR DB Jocquel Skinner Bethel (TN) SR
OL Wes Smith Georgetown (KY) SR DB Darnell Woods Concordia (NE) SR
QB Jake Morse Baker (KS) SR DL Garrett Mangrum Southwestern College (KS) JR AP Lee Stewart Kansas Wesleyan University SR
QB Simon McKeese Tabor College (KS) JR LB Robert Palmer Marian (IN) SR
RB Antoin Campbell Saint Francis (IN) JR LB Jason Gladfelder Grand View (IA) SR
RB Dillon Baxter Baker (KS) SR DB Kamaron Riley MidAmerica Nazarene (KS) SR
RB James Monroe Tabor College (KS) SR
WR Ronnie Cooper University Of St Mary (KS) SR
WR LaDon Hudson MidAmerica Nazarene (KS) SR
WR Seth Martinko Missouri Valley SO
WR Brady Roland Grand View JR
TE Paul Rotering McPherson College (KS) SR
TE Donovan Campbell Siena Heights JR
OL Presley Godson Grand View (IA) SR



2013 NAIA Preseason TOP 10

Infomation provided by Josh Buchanan of If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email

1.      RB Terrance Cobb, Cumberlands (KY), Sr., 5-11, 220
It’s no contest naming him the top player in NAIA.  Cobb is a three-time All-Mid South selection and 2012 AFCA All-American.  Cobb ran for 1,991 yards and 26 touchdowns last year (7.7ypc) reminding me of GSU’s Adrian Peterson except with slightly less strength but much better speed.  He’s getting NFL looks and if you thought you know the name you probably remember his brother Reggie Cobb who played 7 years in the NFL and is a scout for the 49ers.  

2.      WR/RS Jesse Vaughn, Evangel (MO), Sr., 5-10, 184
The tiny Evangel receiver is definitely the top returner in NAIA averaging 21.4 per catch with 8 touchdowns and 1,283 yards last season.  Vaughn was an AFCA All-American last year and the HAAC Offensive Player of the Year.  

3.      RB Tevin Lake, Marian (IN), Jr., 5-8, 195
Lake is a two-time first-team All-MSFA Mideast pick who ran for 1,490 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore and 1,248 yards and 18 touchdowns as a freshman.  Honored as an AFCA All-American last year the tiny but thick back showed he can also catch the ball posting 36 catches for 489 yards and 4 touchdowns.

4.      DL Andre Jolly, Baker (KS), Jr., 6-1, 245
There is no better defensive lineman in the nation as Jolly showed in his first year since transferring from Buttler CC that he can dictate a series.  He had 58 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, and 16 sacks last year.  Jolly earned AFCA All-America honors and was a first-team All-HAAC selection.

5.      OL Matt Hall, Belhaven (MS), Sr., 6-10, 325
Somehow the massive tackle isn’t getting a lot of media attention but the former Ole Miss and Arkansas transfer showed up last year and earned first-team All-Mid South honors at right tackle in his first season in the league.  He’s the best offensive linemen returning in NAIA.

6.      OL Dillon Carmichael, Doane (NE), Sr., 6-5, 318
The massive guard is a two-time first-team All-GPAC selection who earned AFCA All-America honors last year.  He was the only underclassmen offensive lineman to make the list.

7.      WR/RS Willie Gibson, Cumberlands (KY), Sr., 6-0, 180
It’s easy to see why he gets lost in the shuffle at Cumberlands with so much talent but he’s a name to know.  Gibson ran for 352 yards and 3 touchdowns last year while hauling in 41 passes for 847 yards and 10 scores.  He earned first-team All-Mid South honors last year for his play.  The 4.4 40 speedster also made plays in the kickoff return game averaging 25.1 per return with 1 touchdown.

8.      DB Tyler Davis, Missouri Valley, Sr., 5-11, 176
Davis was the HAAC Defensive Player of the Year and an AFCA All-American with 47 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 8 interceptions, and 1 pass breakup last year.  He’s a three-time first-team All-HAAC selection earning honors both as a corner and kick returner during his career.

9.      DB Taylor Brown, Saint Francis (IN), Jr., 5-11, 192
Brown was an AFCA All-American last year in his breakout season.  He had 90 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception, and 6 pass breakups in 10 games.

10.  QB Austin Dodge, Southern Oregon, Jr., 6-2, 205
Dodge transferred from Central Washington and dominated in 2012 earning Frontier Offensive Player of the Year honors with 42 touchdowns and 5,076 yards (65.4%).