WICHITA, Kan. – Friends University running back Zach Dressler (JR/Douglass, Kan. ) and offensive lineman Noah Redcorn (SO/Wichita, Kan.) have each been selected as All-KCAC first-team performers, the league office announced today (Nov. 15). Defensive back Nolan Ewing (SR/Spring Hill, Kan.) is a second-team choice, with running back Waylon Chance (SR/Valley Center, Kan.), offensive lineman Stephen Acosta (SR/Clovis, N.M.), defensive lineman Keyon Dickerson, linebacker Shamarius Davis (SO/Birmingham, Ala.), defensive backs Braden Gordon (JR/Bakersfield, Calif. ) and Jacoby Smith (SR/Texarkana, Texas), and kicker Bobby Schmidt (SR/Sapulpa, Okla.) receiving honorable-mention recognition.
A true RB1, Dressler gave the Falcons their first 1,000-yard rusher since 2016 (Jesse Rogers). The Douglass, Kan. native paced the KCAC in rushing attempts (210) and was second in the league in both rushing yards (1270) and rushing yards per game (115.5). Dressler earned KCAC Offensive Player of the Week honors back on Oct. 31 after running for 164 yards and a touchdown to power the Falcons to their biggest win since 2011, a 55-6 victory at Bethany College.
A sophomore from Wichita, Redcorn helped pave the way for Dressler's running lanes and the entire Falcon offense to lead the NAIA in rushing yards (3026) and rushing yards per game (275.1) for the season. Redcorn served as a key ingredient in an offensive line that allowed the Falcons to top the 300-yard rushing mark as a team on five occasions this year.
Ewing was a true quarterback of the Falcon secondary this season, leading the team in tackles (65) and tackles for loss (7.5). The Spring Hill, Kan. native also tied for second in the KCAC with five interceptions, highlighted by three picks and a pick-six in the Falcons' 42-7 Homecoming romp of Sterling College (Oct. 15).
After seeing action on both sides of the ball last season, Chance gave the Falcons a solid complementary running and receiving option this season by ranking second on the team in rushing yards (490) and hauling in five receptions for 92 yards.
In his fourth season with the program, Acosta continued to provide the Falcons with solid, consistent blocking along the offensive line. Along with Redcorn, Acosta was a big reason why the Falcons were able to lead the nation in rushing this season.
Dickerson was a disruptive force on the Falcon defensive line this season, amassing 27 tackles overall and four stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Davis made an impact all over the field for the Falcons, recording 37 tackles and finishing second on the team in tackles for loss (5.5) and tied for second in sacks (1.5). The Birmingham, Ala. native saved his best moment of the season for last, picking up a fumble for a 75-yard scoop and score in the Falcons' regular season finale at No. 15-ranked Avila University (Nov. 12).
Gordon shined in the secondary in his first season at Friends, intercepting two passes, including a pick-six at McPherson College (Oct. 5). The Bakersfield, Calif. native also had seven pass breakups, 24 tackles, and a forced fumble and recovery on the season.
Always around the football, Smith ranked third on the team with 45 tackles. A native of Texarkana, Texas, Smith also had 2.5 tackles for loss while forcing and recovering two fumbles for the Falcons.
A two-time KCAC Special Teams Player of the Week, Schmidt put together a fine senior campaign for the Falcons. The Sapulpa, Okla. native was successful on 23-of-24 extra-point attempts this season and made a KCAC-leading 11 field goals, with a long of 45.
Under first-year head coach Terry Harrison, the Falcons won four games this season, their most since 2017.