Wolverines Earn Five D3football.com All-America Nods

Wolverines Earn Five D3football.com All-America Nods

DOVER, Del. - It was announced on Friday night that five different Wesley College football student-athletes earned D3football.com All-American Honors. Gagliardi Trophy winning quarterback Joe Callahan, wide receivers Bryce Shade and James Okike, and offensive linemen Matt Gono and Matt Schmidt were each honored as D3football.com All-Americans.

Callahan and Shade were both named First Team All-Americans by D3football.com while Schmidt was named to the Third Team. Okike and Gono each received All-American Honorable Mentions. 

Callahan's record-breaking season was made possible by the offensive pieces around him. The quarterback would have struggled to throw for a record-breaking 5,063 yards had the offensive line, led by Schmidt and Gono, not been there to protect him in the pocket. Both were also named to the New Jersey Athletic Conference First Team as well.

Shade finished the season with a total of 83 catches for 1,427 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also rushed for 215 on 30 carries, mostly sweeps and speed runs around the outside. His 83 catches were the most by a Wesley receiver in a single-season and his 17 touchdowns ranked fourth-most in program history.

James Okike finished the year with 79 receptions for 1,426 yards and 19 touchdowns. His yardage earned him third on the all-time Wesley single-season list while his 19 receiving touchdowns led all of NCAA Division III and ranked second in a single-season in Wesley lore. 

The five All-Americans made up half of an offense that ranked first in the nation in total offense, gaining 592.2 total yards per game. Gono, Shade, and Okike will each return next year for the Wolverines, who hope to continue their success and maintain their offensive firepower next season.