ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has recognized several Tabor Bluejays for its 2005 football all-American teams as selected by the NAIA-FCA All-America Committee.
The two members of Tabor’s sixth-ranked 11-1 team who earned first-team honors were Roger Butler and Jake Schenk.
Butler, a senior running back, led the NAIA in scoring this past season while tying an NAIA record with 32 rushing touchdowns. He gained 1,828 yards, or 152.3 yards per game.
Schenk, a senior linebacker, made 109 tackles, including 69 solo stops and 40 assists.
He recorded 19.5 tackles for losses, had 6.5 quarterback sacks resulting in 39 negative yards and forced two fumbles.
Earning honorable mention honors was Grant Myers, a junior offensive lineman.
The NAIA-FCA All-America Committee is comprised of a coach representing each NAIA-affiliated conference and a coach representing the independent institutions.
First- and second-team members receive the recognition of being named all-Americans while honorable mention signifies that the nominee was considered for the award.
The 2005 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete team also was released for 2005.
In addition to other requirements, recipients must be at least a junior with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale.
Named from Tabor were senior linebacker Brent Overmiller and junior quarterback Ben Schmidt.