Daktronics announced their All-Americans for Division II football. Nebraska-Kearney right tackle Orion Matthies, Nebraska-Omaha offensive linemen Dennis Bergland and Harrison Lingenfelter as well as Chadron State punter Kevin Berg were all named second team All-Americans.
This is the second All-America honor for Berg, a senior from Longmont, Colo., in as many seasons. He was also a 2009 American Football Coaches All-American at punter. Berg is the ninth CSC football player to earn All-American honors twice and the 48th overall.
Berg, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year, set a school record by averaging 43.0 yards per punt this season. Fifteen of his 49 punts landed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and 14 of them traveled at least 50 yards. He was also the RMAC all-conference punter in 2009.
Bergland, a native of Plattsmouth, Neb., and Lingenfelter, from Plainview, Neb., started all 11 games for the Mavs, helping anchor an offensive line that led the Mavs to the second-best rushing offense (202.6 ypg) in the MIAA and the fourth-best scoring offense (34.8 ppg). Bergland, Lingenfelter and the offensive line unit allowed only 13 sacks on the season, the second lowest total in the MIAA.
A four-year starter, Matthies was a unanimous All-RMAC pick this year. He blocked for an offense that averaged 35 points and 445 yards per game. Matthies becomes the sixth different Loper to earn Daktronics All-American honors, following nose guard Matt Bruggeman (1995), receiver/kick returner Mike Smith (1997), running back Mike Miller (2002), receiver Richie Ross (2003 & 2005) and center Jack Hiett (2009).