CLEVELAND, Ohio – The University of Northern Iowa football team has landed six student-athletes on the 2013 Phil Steele Preseason All-MVFC Teams, it was announced by the magazine.
Dan Kruger picked up first team honors, while David Johnson, Jack Rummells, Brett LeMaster, Jake Farley and Xavier Williams were all named to the second team. This is the first time for all six athletes to be named to the Phil Steele Preseason All-MVFC teams.
Kruger and Rummells were an integral part in helping the Panthers to obtaining 1,637 total rushing yards during the 2012 season. They contributed in creating holes in the defensive line for Johnson and Anderson, who combined for a total of 1,458 yards.
LeMaster finished with a team-leading 601 yards through the air off of 32 receptions. The Wichita, Kan. native finished the season with four touchdowns, including a season-long 76-yard reception against Southern Illinois.
David Johnson finished last season with five multi-touchdown games and 1,021 rushing yards for 13 rushing touchdowns. He led the team in scoring with 108 points off of 18 total touchdowns. The junior finished the season leading the MVFC in scoring and was tied for fifth in the FCS in scoring with 9.82 points per game. Johnson is now 10th all-time at UNI in career touchdowns with 30 and ninth all-time in rushing touchdowns with 22.
Farley finished the 2012 season tied for first on the team in tackles with 85. He notched 46 solo tackles and 39 assisted while starting for the Panthers in five games after transferring from the University of Kansas.
Williams set a new school record for UNI during the 2012 after blocking five kicks during the season. He finished with 50 total tackles including two tackles for loss.
The Panthers will begin the 2013 season when they face off against Iowa State on Aug. 31. The game is set to kick-off at 7:00 p.m.