2019 Rimington Award Winners for the Nation’s Top Center for FCS, DII, DIII and NAIA Announced

New York, NY – Zach Larsen of Southern Utah headlines the 2019 Rimington Award winners for the FCS, DII, DIII and NAIA divisions. This year’s selections mark the 17th time the top center of each respective level has received the award.

Larsen, a senior from Draper, Utah, has been one of the more decorated centers in recent FCS history. He is a three-time All-Big Sky Conference honoree, earning unanimous first team honors this season. In 2018 he was named an All-American by Phil Steele as well as by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. In 2017 he received All-American honors from STATS, Hero Sports and Phil Steele. Additionally, Larsen has been a fulltime starter at center for the Thunderbirds since his freshman year.  Zach is the first Thunderbird to ever receive the Rimington Award and the fourth winner from the Big Sky Conference.

Jake Lacina of Augustana University (S.D.) is the DII division winner of the Rimington Award. Lacina, a senior from Saint Paul, Minn., was named first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and first team All-Conference by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). In his career, Lacina started all 45 games in his career with the Vikings while being elected a team captain this season. He was also a D2football.com preseason All-American before the start of the 2019 season. He is the first center from Augustana and the NSIC to ever receive the Rimington Award.

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2017 Rimington Award Winners for the Nation’s Top Center for FCS, DII, DIII and NAIA Announced.


South Dakota State’s Jacob Ohnesorge Wins First Rimington Award in School History

New York, NY – Jacob Ohnesorge of South Dakota State University headlines the 2017 Rimington Award winners for the FCS, DII, DIII and NAIA divisions. This year’s selections mark the 15th time the top center of each respective level has received the award.

Ohnesorge, a senior from Waunakee, Wis. is a three-time All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honoree, earning first team honors in both his junior and senior seasons. Additionally, Ohnesorge excelled in the classroom being named to the MVFC Academic Honor Roll in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Jacob has started 53 consecutive games which ties a record for the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits and has already graduated with his degree in Mechanical Engineering.  After starting all four seasons, Ohnesorge was part of one of the best offenses in SDSU school history this year averaging 38.8 points per game.  Ohnesorge is the first Jackrabbit to ever receive the Rimington Award. Continue reading

My Top Five Reasons Why Nebraska Football Will Never Return To Glory Unless Something Changes Other Than The Head Coach.

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“I wonder what that guy who used to write about NAIA football all the time and sells farm equipment now thinks about the current state of the Nebraska football program?”

Well you’re in luck! It’s cold in North Dakota today, the Bison are on the road and Nebraska doesn’t play until later. So that gives me plenty of time to throw out a bunch of polarizing ideas that will have half of my friends blocking me on Facebook and the other half rolling with laughter. Keep in mind, I’ve done zero research before writing this article.

Plus I took the under in this Mississippi State/Arkansas game and that doesn’t look promising right now. Kinda like the future of Nebraska football unless something changes, other than the coaching situation. So here you go folks! Continue reading

JD Show Podcast with Jason Dannelly: Michael Sam Kiss, Stop Apologizing, Favorite TV Shows and Storm Coverage.

In this edition of the show Jason talks about how much of an idiot Donald Sterling is, why you should stop apologizing for everything and the Michael Sam kiss incident. Other subjects include some of Jason’s favorite TV shows, storm coverage and impermissible benefits at OU.

JD Show Podcast with Jason Dannelly: Michael Sam Kiss, Stop Apologizing, Favorite TV Shows and Storm Coverage.

Social Media: Stop Comparing Tebow and Collins




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Sometimes social media is great and sometimes and it shows the ignorance in which some people live their lives. Present company included.

When did the media tell Tim Tebow to keep his faith to himself? I’m pretty sure they were the ones showing endless clips of him praying, playing and Tebowing. Every time that ESPN has gotten the opportunity to talk Tebow they’ve gone out of their way to make him a focus of their programming. The same goes for nearly every other media outlet that has had the opportunity to talk about the former Heisman Trophy winner.

I guess what’s bothering me the most is that people are trying to make some sort of connection between the media and its reporting on Jason Collins coming out as a gay athlete (gay-athlete? Has AP Style Guide gotten an update in this yet?). One side of the argument that I’ve seen is the overwhelming view of hard core Christians saying that the media told Tim Tebow to shut up about his faith and now those same people that put a lid on Tebow are making Jason Collins out to be a hero.

I’m sorry but if this is your view, then you are pretty ignorant or sheltered to the entire situation. Let me put it to you very simply: There is a class of people in this world that has felt on the outside, even scared, for being themselves. Some people ridicule them for what they do but now there is a person who has been brave enough to step out and say publicly that he is willing to bear the cross.

Alright, so maybe the comparison is a bit over the top between Jesus and Collins but so is the argument of the media telling one side they are a hero and the other side to shut up. The very fact we are talking about it should be proof enough that the media has put the information out there and has reported both sides pretty evenly depending on the tilt of your preferred news network.

You know why I think Jason Collins coming out as a gay pro athlete is great? Because we are one step closer to this being less and less of an issue in our society. I guess maybe I’m really different than some but I’ve been accepting of everyone regardless of race, sexuality or nationality for a very long time. If you are gay, great! If you are Christian, awesome! If you come from one of the spaceships that Art Bell thinks dropped us here, neato!

Jason Collins coming out will not end the hate and bigotry. He won’t end the misinformation about homosexuality. But what he does do is make us talk about something that many people chose to ignore and are typically uncomfortable about.

At the end of the day I still expect you to be a decent human being and treat everyone with the same respect that you feel you are entitled too.