2017 Football Roster

2017 Men's Varsity Football

# Name Height Weight Position(s) Year Hometown
1 Marcus Whipper 5-9 160 Cornerback SO Austin, Texas

2016…played in nine games…had a team high 23 kickoff returns and averaged 19.8 yards per return with an 84 yard return for a touchdown against Trinity Bible (November 12)…recorded 25 solo tackles with six assisted stops and broke up four passes.

Before Dordt…played for St. Michael’s Catholic Academy (Texas)…earned first-team all-district honors on both offense and defense and was a second-team all-state selection at cornerback.

1 Steve Tiersma Quarterback FR Nampa, Idaho

Before Dordt…graduated from Nampa Christian High School (Idaho)…is transferring from the College of Idaho…in 2015 he passed for 2,588 yards and completed 58 percent of his passes with 27 touchdown passes… ran for 532 yards and eight touchdowns and was named the conference mvp in 2015 and was a member of the 2A WIC All-State Team and the 2A WIC Player of the Year.

2 EJ Hill 5-5 155 Cornerback SR Duluth, Georgia

2016…played in eight games…had seven carries for 13 yards.

2015…played in five games…ran for 21 yards on seven carries.

Before Dordt… played defensive back and running back at Duluth High School (Georgia)… lettered twice in football and three times in track and field….was a three-time academic honor roll member and earned a scholar-athlete award. 

2 Mark Ybarra-Brandt 6-2 200 Quarterback FR Fresno, California

Before Dordt…attended Liberty Madera Ranchos High School (California)…was a quarterback and safety and claimed all-league honors and was the Tri-League Utility Player of the Year…served as his team captain and was named team most valuable player…was a part of a Tri-League Champion at Liberty Madera Ranchos.

3 Lucas Baken 5-10 175 Wide Receiver FR Durango, Colorado

Before Dordt…graduated from Durango High School (Colorado)…caught 46 passes for 810 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior…helped Durango to a 10-2 record and a first round playoff win….was a second-team all-state honoree  in 2015 and was a first-team all-conference selection.  

3 Brady Mackey 5-11 145 Safety FR Phoenix, Arizona
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4 Jalen Placide 5-7 175 Cornerback SO Oakland, California

2016…had six kick returns for a 14.3 yards per kickoff returnBefore Dordt…attended De Anza High School (California)…ran for over 1,000 yards and scored three touchdowns…had two interceptions and was in on 42 tackles while playing cornerback.    

4 Kade Plattner 6-1 200 Tight End FR Chillicothe, Missouri

Before Dordt… played for Chillicothe High School (Missouri) where he was a tight end and defensive end…earned honorable mention honors from the MEC and helped his team to runner-up finish in conference play.

5 Alex Vasquez 5-11 205 Linebacker SR Carrollton, Texas

2016…played in four games…had 14 solo and 18 assisted stops with 3.5 tackles for loss…suffered season ending injury in the fourth game of the season.

2015…played in 11 games…recorded 30 solo tackles and 27 assisted tackles…recorded 4.5 tackles for loss.

2014…played in ten game…made 30 solo tackles and was in on 58 total stops…had a sack against Dakota State and made 13 tackles against Doane on November 1.

Before Dordt… joins the Defenders after a prep career at Creekview High School (Texas)…earned all-district honorable mention honors at linebacker twice and was an academic all-state selection…had 59 tackles for loss and 107 total tackles while playing linebacker…was the team defensive mvp and also was a member of the National Honor Society.  

5 Levi Jungling 5-10 175 Slot FR Pella, Iowa

Before Dordt… attended Pella Christian (Iowa) where played wide receiver, defensive back, punter while also returning kickoffs and punts…ended his high school football career as the all-time leader in receiving yards in Iowa with 3,818 and he scored 46 career touchdowns…Jungling had 1,602 receiving yards in 2015 which is an Iowa single season record…was twice named an Iowa Newspaper Association first-team member and also claimed third-team honors in 2014…was named the 2016 Class 1A All-State team captain and is a three-time all-district pick…was twice named to the Des Moines Register’s All-Iowa Football Elite Team…caught 52 passes for 1,177 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2016 and had 50 rushes for 476 yards….had three interceptions and punted 16 times for a 34.1 average…returned 11 kicks with a 26.4 yards per return average and he returned 16 punts for a 13.6 yards per return average.

6 Michael Den Herder 6-3 190 Kicker, Punter SR Sioux Center, Iowa

Before Dordt …converted three field goals and 17 point after tries as a senior at Western Christian in 2012…earned academic all-district honors and honorable mention accolades at the district level…in 2011 he converted three field goals and 18 point after tries…was a part of the Dordt basketball program as a player and student coach.

6 Ben Heuvelhorst 6-5 190 Wide Receiver FR Yuba City, California

Before Dordt… played at Sutter Union (California)…caught 32 passes for 666 yards as a senior and scored five touchdowns…was chosen All-Area Wide Receiver of the Year in 2015 and 2016 and was part of section champion teams from 2014-16 and league champions in 2014 and 2016. 

7 Casey Byker 6-0 185 Safety JR Hudsonville, Michigan

2016…played in 11 games…had 20 solo and seven assisted tackles...picked off one pass…punted 44 times and had a 36.6 average with a long of 51…six of his punts were downed inside the opponents 20 yard line.

2015…played in 11 games…made 32 solo tackles and had 14 assisted stops and was in on five tackles for loss…had an interception and recovered a fumble.

Before Dordt…earned all-conference honors while playing for Unity Christian (Michigan)…voted team mvp and helped Unity to its first ever playoff victory.

7 Nic Herman 5-8 130 Kicker, Punter FR Boise, Idaho

Before Dordt… graduated from Cole Valley Christian High School (Idaho) where he was a second-team all-conference selection at kicker…converted 26-33 point after attempts.         

8 Dalton Helmkamp 6-1 210 Linebacker JR Carroll, Iowa

2016…played in two games and had an assisted tackle.

2015…played in nine games…totaled seven solo tackles with three assisted stops and 1.5 tackles for loss.

Before Dordt…played for Carroll (Iowa)…totaled 52 tackles and 15 for loss while claiming first-team all-district honors…was a second-team all-Western Iowa pick and had 10 quarterback sacks and forced two fumbles…helped Carroll to a state quarterfinal round appearance.

8 Sawyer Prins 6-0 180 Quarterback FR Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Before Dordt… graduated from Sioux Falls Christian High School (South Dakota)…was a DAK 12 All-Conference selection at quarterback and earned all-city honors and claimed honorable mention all-state honors at linebacker…set a school record for touchdown passes (22) and passing yards (1,148) and rushing yards (550)…helped lead Sioux Falls Christian to a state semifinal berth in 2015 and a quarterfinal finish in 2016. 

9 Xavier Caffee 5-6 180 Slot SR Lancaster, Texas

2015…ran for 696 yards on 91 carries for a 7.6 yards per carry average…rushed for seven touchdowns…caught seven passes for 219 yards and 31.3 yards per catch with three touchdowns…returned 27 kickoffs for 556 yards and a 20.6 average and had a 91 yard return for a touchdown…earned first-team all-GPAC honors.

2014… ran for 182 yards on 66 carries and played in ten games…had a season high 97 yards on 14 carries against Nebraska Wesleyan on October 18…scored three touchdowns…returned 12 kickoffs for 216 yards.

Before Dordt…played for Lancaster High School (Texas) and earned district, bi-district, area and regional titles and was the state runner-up.

9 Joshua Mick 5-10 185 Safety FR Meridian, Idaho

Before Dordt… graduated from Cole Valley Christian School (Idaho)…had 79 tackles as a junior and scored eight rushing touchdowns as a senior…was chosen to play in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game at linebacker and was a second-team all-conference selection as a junior and all-conference honorable mention honoree two other times.   

10 Matt Benardis 5-11 180 Safety SO Casper, Wyoming

Before Dordt…attended Natrona County High School (Wyoming)…played a variety of offensive and defensive positions and handled punt and kick returns…averaged 205 yards per game and accumulated 2,262 total yards last season and accounted for 13 touchdowns…earned second-team all-state honors at quarterback along with first-team all-conference honors...was his team’s captain and mvp and holds the school record for completions in a season…was on a state championship team in 2014 and a state semifinalist team in 2015.

10 Andrew Kouns 5-7 205 Running Back FR Roanoke, Virginia

Before Dordt… graduated from Northside High School (Virginia) and claimed all-conference, all-district and academic all-state honors and earned four varsity letters while playing linebacker and running back…was a part of a conference champion, district champion and state playoff quarterfinalist.

11 Justin Faber 6-3 185 Wide Receiver FR Sunnyside, Washington

Before Dordt… was a four-time football letterwinner at Sunnyside Christian (Washington) and started at quarterback for three seasons…helped guide Sunnyside Christian to a 12-1 record as a senior and played the first eight games of the year before suffering an injury that kept him out of the action for most of the rest of the season…completed 88 passes for 1,323 yards with 21 touchdowns and two interceptions and he completed 70.4 percent of his passes in 2016…ran 78 times for 353 yards and five touchdowns and caught nine passes for 178 yards and a touchdown…passed for 1,225 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2015 and ran for 639 yards and nine touchdowns…guided Sunnyside Christian to a 6-4 record in 2014 which was the school’s first non-losing mark…was selected second-team all-state by the Associated Press in 2014.  

11 Nick Naranjo 5-11 165 Cornerback FR Menifee, California

Before Dordt… played for Paloma Valley High School (California) where he was defensive back, wide receiver and he also returned kicks…totaled 82 tackles on defense with seven interceptions and 21 passes broken up…had 200 receiving yards and scored five touchdowns and returned three kicks for touchdowns during his three-year varsity career.  

12 Bryan O'Neil 5-11 195 Linebacker FR Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Before Dordt… played at John Hardin High School (Kentucky)…totaled 126 tackles as a high school senior and forced two fumbles with an interception and two sacks…had 129 tackles as a junior and forced three fumbles with an interception and three sacks while earning all-state honorable mention accolades…claimed all-area and all-district honors during his career…helped his team to a regional championship as a senior.

13 Malieck Lee 5-8 205 Slot SR Colorado Springs, Colorado

2014…played in two games for Dordt and had a pair of tackles.

13 Connor Bosma 6-1 185 Safety FR Kimberly, Idaho

Before Dordt… attended Lighthouse Christian (Idaho)…passed for 175 yards and ran for 90 yards per game and accounted for 4.5 touchdowns per game…was a second-team 2016 Sawtooth Conference honoree at linebacker and was a second-team pick at quarterback in 2015…Lighthouse Christian claimed a 1A Division 2 Football State Championship in 2014 and a third place finish in 2015…played quarterback, tight end, linebacker and safety during his career.

14 Brock Lamle 6-1 170 Quarterback JR Blanchard, Oklahoma

2016…played in 11 games…had a single season record 118 completions for 1,793 yards and 13 passing touchdowns…ran for 387 yards on 92 carries and ran for three touchdowns…passed for a school record 309 yards against Midland (September 24)…completed 21 passes against Dakota State (September 3) and had a school record 71 yard touchdown pass against Midland.

Before Dordt…attended and played for Saddleback College during the 2015 season…graduated from Blanchard High School (Oklahoma) and earned district all-star honors…passed for nearly 2,500 yards with 30 touchdowns and completed nearly 60 percent of his pass attempts.

14 Austin Canty 5-11 200 Safety FR Winston Salem, North Carolina

Before Dordt…played for Mount Tabor (North Carolina)…played defensive back and earned all-county honors and was the Spartan Award winner for his football team while also claiming all-conference honors…was a North Carolina Boys State Representative.


15 Nathan Kabongo 5-11 160 Cornerback FR Plano, Texas

Before Dordt… played both ways for Frisco Liberty High School (Texas)…had 11 catches for 137 yards at receiver and was in on over 80 tackles on defense…earned honorable mention all-conference honors in football after the 2016 season.

15 Lucas Roetcisoender 6-0 200 Quarterback FR Lynden, Washington
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16 Darryl Florez 5-9 175 Slot FR Bay City, Texas

Before Dordt… graduated from Bay City High School (Texas)…played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back during his high school career…caught 48 passes for 767 yards this season with six touchdowns in eight games played and had 32 rushing attempts for 174 yards and two touchdowns…he completed 87 passes for 965 yards with ten touchdowns and ran for 507 yards on 100 carries in 2015…was a three-time academic all-district performer in football and claimed all-area honors at wide receiver.

17 Kaderro Tamondong 5-9 200 Running Back FR Elk Grove, California

Before Dordt… graduated from Franklin High School (California)…played running back and linebacker and gained 785 yards rushing and had 15 career touchdowns while compiling 1,145 all-purpose yards…was a first-team all-metro pick along with first-team all-Delta League as a junior and senior.

18 Dorrian Ogas 5-8 225 Tight End JR Plano, Texas

2015…played in four games,

Before Dordt…played defensive line and fullback for Frisco Liberty (Texas)…earned all-district honorable mention accolades.

20 Levi Schoonhoven 6-0 195 Running Back SO Hospers, Iowa

2016…played in 10 games…ran for 376 yards and three touchdowns…averaged 4.7 yards per carry.

Before Dordt…played for Unity Christian High School (Iowa)…played fullback and linebacker for the Knights…ran for over 1,300 yards during his career and had had 115 career tackles…was in on a Unity single season record 75.5 tackles in 2014...was twice named all-district first-team at running back in 2014 and 2015.

21 Corey Patulea 5-8 185 Slot JR Duncanville, Texas

Before Dordt…played linebacker and quarterback for Seagoville (Texas)…earned all-district honors at quarterback and claimed the same honor twice at linebacker…earned academic all-state honors.


22 Justin Banks 5-10 160 Cornerback JR Prince George's Island, Maryland

2016…played in nine games…had 16 solo tackles and three assisted stops…credited with two pass breakups.

2015…played in 11 games…had 24 solo tackles and four assists

Before Dordt…graduate of From the Heart Christian (Maryland)…was a part of two conference title teams. 

23 Justin Carter 6-1 225 Running Back JR Grand Prairie, Texas

2016…played in one game and had a solo tackle.

Before Dordt… graduate of Temple Christian School (Texas)…ran for 1,738 yards on 167 rushes in 2014 and scored 28 touchdowns…rushed for 1,583 yards on 233 carries and scored 15 touchdowns in 2013...helped Temple Christian win back-to-back district championships in 2013 and 2014 and a state semifinalist berth in 2014…claimed all-district honors in 2013 and 2014 and was the overall mvp of the district in 2014…claimed offensive mvp honors from the district in 2013…was a first-team all-state pick in 2014.

25 Keithen Drury 5-8 175 Running Back JR Blue Hill, Nebraska

2016…played in 11 games…had 71 rushes for 293 yards…averaged 4.1 yards per carry and had three touchdowns…caught 12 passes for 122 yards and a 10.2 average…scored a pair of touchdowns against Dakota State (September 3) and ran for 57 yards against Briar Cliff (October 1).

2015…played in nine games…had eight carries for 85 yards…was a regular on special teams and had nine tackles.

Before Dordt…gained 4,674 yards of all-purpose offense while playing for Blue Hill (Nebraska)…scored 43 touchdowns and averaged 8.5 yards per rushing attempt…first-team all-state pick in 2014 and was an all-district honors in 2013 and 2014…played in the Sertoma 8-Man All-Star Game.

26 Josiah Kotte 6-1 210 Linebacker JR Kuna, Idaho

2016…was an all-GPAC honorable mention pick…was a CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team selection…claimed NAIA/Daktronics Scholar-Athlete accolades…played in 11 games and recorded 49 solo tackles with 41 assisted stops…had 12.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback sack with a fumble recovery and one forced fumble.

2015…played in 11 games…had 48 solo tackles and 23 assisted stops…got credit for forcing one fumble.

Before Dordt…earned first-team all-state honors at defensive back while competing for Kuna (Idaho) High School…had three interceptions as a senior and averaged six tackles per game. 

27 Joey Lovetere 6-2 185 Safety SR San Diego, California

2016…was an all-GPAC honorable mention pick…had a team high four interceptions…was the team leader in tackles with 56 solo stops and also recorded 40 assisted stops…recovered three fumbles.

2015…played in 11 games with 24 solo tackles and nine assisted stops…had an interception.

2014…played in three games…had five solo tackles and five assisted stops against Doane on November 1.

Before Dordt…graduated Kennedy High School (California) where played wide receiver and defensive back and helped them to a CIF qualification and first-team all-league honors.

28 Ryan Cisneros 5-10 185 Cornerback SR Baldwin Park, California

2016…played in 11 games…had 34 solo and 16 assisted tackles…had an interception and broke up nine other passes.

29 Noah Beukers 5-10 185 Running Back FR Fresno, California
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30 Tanner Van Hofwegen 6-1 185 Safety SO Tolleson, Arizona

2016…played in ten games…recorded four solo and two assisted stops…

Before Dordt…attended Northwest Christian High School (Arizona)…was a part of 2015 team that was the Arizona D4 state runner-up.

31 Noah Imperial 5-8 155 Cornerback FR Hanford, California

Before Dordt… attended Hanford West (California) where he was a safety…had three interceptions and 40 tackles last season and scored two touchdowns…was named the Sentinels’ 2016 Male Track Athlete of the Year and claimed the Husky Award in Football.  

32 Actavias Lowry 5-7 190 Linebacker FR Abilene, Texas

Before Dordt…graduated from Cooper High School (Texas) where he played linebacker and was a two-time first-team all-district performer and a 2nd team all-district pick…was a three-year letterwinner at Cooper and served as team captain in 2016 as Cooper won its second straight district championship…totaled 61 tackles with eight for loss and three quarterback sacks while forcing two fumbles.

33 Julius Buchanan 5-10 235 Linebacker SO Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2016…played in five games…had a solo tackle

Before Dordt…played for King High School (Wisconsin)…totaled 107 tackles and earned first-team all-conference honors along with honorable mention all-area honors…twice earned all-conference accolades and was his conference’s defensive player of the year in 2015.

34 Gilbert Jimenez 5-9 170 Kicker, Punter JR Carrollton, Texas

Before Dordt…graduated Newman Smith (Texas) High School…was a second-team all-district pick in 2014…made 6-8 field goal attempts and was perfect on his point after tries…earned second-team academic all-state honors.


36 Arie Hoekstra 6-2 195 Safety SR Sioux Center, Iowa

2016…played in 11 games…had two interceptions with 46 solo tackles and 27 assisted stops…recorded tackles for loss.

2015…played in ten games…had 30 solo tackles and 13 assisted stops and had one interception.

2014…played in six games…had a pair of tackles against Trinity Bible on October 11.

Before Dordt… played quarterback and defensive back for Unity Christian High School (Iowa)…was limited to five games played during his senior campaign due to injury…passed for 571 yards with eight touchdowns in those five games and ran for a touchdown…had 991 career passing yards with 13 touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns…named Academic All-District in 2013.

37 Justin Kamstra 5-9 165 Kicker, Punter SO Rock Valley, Iowa

Before Dordt…graduated from Western Christian High School (Iowa)…was a perfect 33-33 on point after tries in 2014 and converted 6-9 field goals…earned all-district honors.

38 Charley Young 6-0 210 Running Back FR Colorado Springs, Colorado

Before Dordt… graduated from Lewis-Palmer (Colorado)…played running back and was a first-team all-state fullback and earned all-conference honors as well…in 2014 he was a second-team all-conference pick and established a single-game school record with 331 yards on 32 carries…ran for 2,427 career yards with 31 touchdowns…in 2016 he had 1,142 all-purpose yards and he had 2,616 career all-purpose yards. 

40 Charlie Poppema 6-0 200 Linebacker FR Orange City, Iowa

Before Dordt… graduated from Unity Christian (Iowa)…played linebacker and quarterback as a senior…totaled 11.5 tackles in limited time on defense and completed 65 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns during his senior season and ran for three touchdowns…had eight catches for 127 yards and was in on 13.5 tackles on defense before an injury cut his junior year short.

41 Luke DeSautel 5-10 220 Linebacker SO Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Before Dordt…attended Sioux Falls Christian High School (South Dakota)…played linebacker and was on the offensive line for the Chargers as he helped Sioux Falls Christian to a Big East Conference Championship…led the Chargers in tackles and earned All-Dak 12 and All-Big East honors while also taking academic all-state accolades.

42 Brett Gaines 6-0 205 Kicker, Punter JR Wood River, Illinois

2016…converted 12-15 point after tries and converted one field goal.

Before Dordt…kicked and punted for East Alton-Wood River (Illinois).

43 Sam Phiriyakulkit 5-11 195 Linebacker SO Nampa, Idaho

Before Dordt…was a first-team all-conference pick in the WIC while competing for Nampa Christian (Idaho)...totaled 25 solo tackles and 23 assisted stops with five quarterback sacks while helping Nampa Christian to a third place finish in Class 2A.

44 Josh Mrazek 6-0 210 Linebacker FR Woodlands, Texas

Before Dordt...graduated from Woodlands College Park (Texas) where he was a 6A second-team all-district pick and was a defensive captain…earned the Hitman Award and was a four-time team Heart and Hustle award winner…had over 100 tackles in 2016 with an interception, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and two blocked field goals. 

45 Jordan Weiland 5-11 190 Linebacker FR Britt, Iowa

Before Dordt…graduated from West Hancock (Iowa)…rushed for 3,088 yards during his career with a 6.5 yards per carry average and has scored 39 touchdowns…was in on 255 career tackles and made 15 tackles for loss…was a first-team all-state selection at linebacker and was invited to play in the River Battle Bowl Game.

46 Danny Stevens 6-1 230 Linebacker SR Ord, Nebraska

2016… claimed NAIA/Daktronics Scholar-Athlete accolades…played in eight games…had five solo and eight assisted tackles.

2015…played in ten games…recorded 24 solo tackles and 13 assisted stops…had 3.5 tackles for loss.

Before Dordt… was an all-Heartland Super Squad and all-state honorable mention pick while at Nebraska Christian High School and claimed all-district honors.  

47 Nic Byl 6-1 245 Defensive End JR Sioux Center, Iowa

2016… played in 10 games…had 12 solo and four assisted tackles.

2015…played in five games and had five tackles.

Before Dordt…earned all-district honors at Unity Christian (Iowa)…had 46 solo tackles with 42 assisted stops in 2014…had 12 tackles for loss with three quarterback sacks and one interception.

48 Jeff Paepke 5-11 225 Kicker, Punter JR Brookfield, Wisconsin

2016…was 3-4 in field goals attempted with a long of 38…converted 14-18 point after tries…was a perfect 8-8 on point after tries against Trinity Bible (November 12).

2015…played in ten games.

Before Dordt…had 55 tackles in 2014 while playing for Milwaukee Lutheran (Wisconsin)…earned second-team all-conference honors for his placekicking and was an honorable mention all-conference pick at linebacker.


49 Demetrius Rowser 6-0 235 Tight End FR Fort Worth, Texas

Before Dordt… played for Temple Christian School (Texas) where he was an offensive and defensive lineman…claimed all-state honors as both a junior and senior and was an all-district pick as a sophomore…has accounted for 50 tackles, three quarterback sacks, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble…helped Temple Christian to the state semifinal game two times in the last four years.

50 Jake Beukelman 5-11 235 Linebacker FR Ripon, California

Before Dordt… graduated from Ripon Christian (California)…played linebacker and offensive line and totaled 152 tackles as a senior and had 131 as a junior and recorded 31 tackles for loss with three quarterback sacks… claimed all-league honors at linebacker in 2015 and 2016 and was three times named a scholar-athlete…was also an all-league selection as an offensive lineman in 2016.

51 David Kacmarynski 6-2 230 Defensive End FR Pella, Iowa

Before Dordt… played quarterback and linebacker at Pella Christian (Iowa)…was a rare four-year starter on defense and a three-year starter at quarterback…was a two-time all-state linebacker and quarterback and ranks sixth all-time in Iowa history in passing and rushing yardage…played in the 2017 Iowa Shrine Bowl and helped Pella Christian to a Class 1A District 5 Championship with a 9-0 regular season record in 2016…he passed for 2,106 yards and 35 touchdowns and ran for 722 yards on 89 rushes with nine touchdown runs as a senior…led the Eagles in tackles with 42 solo and 25 assisted stops and he had a sack in 2016…passed for 2,878 yards and 31 touchdowns with 508 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in 2015…was the team leader in tackles in 2015 with 43 solo and 20 assisted stops and he had two sacks…completed 143 passes for 2,123 yards as a sophomore and had 17 touchdowns and ran for 531 yards…defensively he was the catalyst with 83 solo tackles and 38 assists with 19 tackles for loss and four sacks one year after getting 55 solo tackles with 25 assists and 11 tackles for loss as a freshman.

52 Rickey Nelson 6-0 270 Offensive Line SR Lancaster, Texas

2016…was an all-GPAC honorable mention pick…played in 10 games… part of an offensive line that ranked 5th in the nation in total rushing yards (3,029); 5th in rushing yards per game (275); 18th in total yards per game (445); 24th in points per game with 32.4 and had the NAIA’s leading ground gainer.

2015…played in 10 games.

2014…appeared in seven games for the Defenders on the offensive line.

Before Dordt…started 26 games over a two year period for Lancaster High School (Texas) and helped Lancaster to a 2012 record of 14-2 and a berth in the state finals…was a team captain in 2013 and earned second-team all-district honors in 2012. 

53 Ryan Lariccia 5-11 230 Linebacker FR San Diego, California

Before Dordt…played linebacker at La Jolla Country Day (California)…was in on 394 tackles during his three years of high school football and made seven interceptions with nine forced fumbles…was twice named all-league and was selected to play in the SDFNL All-Star game…La Jolla was the CIF Champions in 2014 and 2016 and the SoCal Champion in 2016 while claiming state runner-up honors that season.

54 Elijah Beukers 5-9 225 Linebacker SO Fresno, California

Before Dordt… was a linebacker and fullback at Washington Union High School (California)…attended Fresno City College…was in on 386 tackles during his high school career and blocked 12 point after attempts on special teams and had 186 tackles as a senior…claimed all-state honors and league defensive player of the year honors as his team won two league championships.

55 Benjamin Freer 5-11 190 Linebacker SO Colorado Springs, Colorado

Before Dordt…played for Colorado Springs Christian School (Colorado)…earned a first-team all-conference honor along with honorable mention all-area and all-state accolades…totaled 29 tackles last season with eight for loss and he had 1.5 quarterback sacks…helped Colorado Springs Christian to a state playoff berth this season.

56 Colyn Oostenink 5-11 200 Linebacker FR Hull, Iowa

Before Dordt… graduated from Western Christian High School (Iowa)…played linebacker and fullback for the Wolfpack as a senior and earned all-district honors along with Academic All-State honors from the Iowa High School Football Coaches Association…totaled 35 solo and 37 assisted tackles with four tackles for loss and three quarterback sacks and he picked off two passes.  

57 Daniel Brown 6-1 225 Linebacker SR Big Rock, Illinois

2016…played in all 11 games and had 30 solo and 20 assisted tackles…recorded 4.5 tackles for loss and had three pass break-ups.

2015…played in 11 games and had 14 solo tackles with five assisted stops…had three tackles for loss.

2014…had seven tackles and played in seven games…was in on a pair of stops against Nebraska Wesleyan on October 18.

Before Dordt… played at Aurora Christian (Illinois) and helped win a state championship in 2011 and 2012 and earned a state semifinal berth in 2013…totaled 81 tackles in 2013 and had 15 tackles for loss with two interceptions.  

58 Justin Urquidez 6-1 285 Offensive Line SO El Monte, California

2016…played in five games and caught one pass.

59 Cade Young 5-11 210 Defensive End FR Stinnett, Texas

Before Dordt…graduated from West Texas High School…had 18 solo tackles and 77 assisted stops on defense in 2016 with three forced fumbles, five quarterback sacks and one pass break-up…claimed first-team all-district defensive honors…helped his team to a playoff appearance and a 7-4 record while serving as his team’s captain in both football and baseball.

60 Samuel Hough 5-11 220 Offensive Line FR Monument, Colorado

Before Dordt… played for Lewis-Palmer High School (Colorado) on both the offensive and defensive line…helped the offense finish as one of the top-five rushing teams in its classification…limited on defense to three games due to injury and had 18 tackles, 3.5 sacks and six tackles for loss…earned all-conferencce and all-area honors and was a team captain and earned outstanding offensive lineman notice…was an Academic All-State selection and earned three varsity letters and helped Lewis Palmer to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs in 2016.

62 Jacob Pottebaum 6-1 260 Defensive Tackle JR Sioux Center, Iowa

2016…played in eight games… part of an offensive line that ranked 5th in the nation in total rushing yards (3,029); 5th in rushing yards per game (275); 18th in total yards per game (445); 24th in points per game with 32.4 and had the NAIA’s leading ground gainer.

Before Dordt…had 10 solo tackles with five assisted stops while playing for Sioux Center (Iowa)…had a pair of quarterback sacks while helping Sioux Center to a state runner-up finish.

63 Luke Nieuwendorp 6-5 250 Offensive Line FR Orange City, Iowa

Before Dordt… prepped at Unity Christian High School (Iowa) as both an offensive and defensive lineman…earned academic all-district honors in 2016…was in on 22 tackles his senior season.


64 Eber White 6-1 220 Offensive Line SO Cedar Falls, Iowa

Before Dordt…attended Valley Lutheran School (Iowa) where he lettered in football three times and basketball four times…was an all-Metro pick in football.

65 Chris Fried-Ochoa 5-11 275 Offensive Line SR Idaho Falls, Idaho

2016…played in two games.

2015…played in eight games.

Before Dordt… graduated Idaho Falls High School (Idaho)…earned honorable mention all-District 5-6 honors in 2013 and took the High Country Conference All Academic award in 2012 and 2013.

67 William Vander Woude 5-11 260 Offensive Line SO Merced, California

2016…played in one game.

Before Dordt…played for Stone Ridge Christian high School (California)…earned first-team all-league honors in 2013 and 2014 and was a second-team selection in 2015…earned the “Tip of the Spear” award as his team’s best lineman from 2013-15…helped his team to a Section D VII Championship in 2014 and 2015 and a Nor-Cal State Runner-Up finish.

68 Tyler Soll 5-10 290 Offensive Line FR Perry, Iowa

Before Dordt… graduated from Perry High School (Iowa)…was an offensive and defensive lineman and had 57 tackles and two sacks this season and totaled 27.5 and 21.5 tackles as a junior and sophomore…was an Academic All-State honoree this season and served as his team captain and was a first-team all-district honoree.

69 Cody Hanks 5-10 300 Offensive Line FR Milton, Florida

Before Dordt… attended Milton (Florida) where he was an offensive lineman…served as team captain four years and was named team mvp in 2016 and was a Subway All-American.

70 Kyle Kopperman 5-10 245 Offensive Line FR Wofford Heights, California

Before Dordt… played offensive and defensive line for Kern Valley High School (California)…in 2016 he was in on 12 tackles and blocked two punts… was a first-team all-league offensive lineman and started on the offensive line in the Antelope Valley All-Star Game…part of a team that claimed a league championship in 2015.

70 Crisanto Mia 6-2 290 Defensive Tackle FR Humble, Texas

Before Dordt…graduated from Humble High School (Texas)…played in every football contest his senior year at Humble.

71 Nathan Tworek 5-9 210 Defensive End FR Columbus, Nebraska

Before Dordt…attended Scotus Central Catholic High School (Nebraska)…earned Class B All-State honorable mention on defense while also claiming honorable mention at the conference and district level…claimed first place in the Class B Power Lifting Championship and was a three-time letter winner in football…was a member of district champions in 2014 and 2015 and Scotus also won the C1 State Championship.

71 Nicholas Carbone 5-9 265 Offensive Line FR Portland, Oregon

Before Dordt… attended La Salle Catholic College Prep (Oregon)…was an offensive and defensive lineman and was a three-time academic all-conference honoree and claimed all-conference first-team honors as a senior along with all-state honors…was a NWOC Scholar-Athlete, team captain and Team Iron Man Award winner and was an all-conference honorable mention selection as a junior.

72 Griffin Pelot 5-10 275 Offensive Line SR Escondido, California

2016…earned second-team honors from the GPAC…played in 10 games… part of an offensive line that ranked 5th in the nation in total rushing yards (3,029); 5th in rushing yards per game (275); 18th in total yards per game (445); 24th in points per game with 32.4 and had the NAIA’s leading ground gainer.

2015…played in four games.

2014…played in four games.

Before Dordt…was a three time all-academic selection in two sports and earned second-team all-Avocado East honors at Escondido High School (California)...was nominated for and played in the San Diego All-Star Football Game.           

72 Jared Gross 6-4 205 Defensive End FR Gilbert, Arizona
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73 Holden Hooyer 6-5 250 Offensive Line SO Pella, Iowa

Before Dordt…graduated from Pella Christian (Iowa)…played left tackle on the offensive line for the Eagles and earned first-team all-district honors last season while claiming academic all-district honors for a second time…served as his team’s captain as Pella Christian advanced to the second round of the state playoffs in 2015…earned all-district honorable mention in 2014.

74 Cleo Spearman 5-8 310 Offensive Line FR Colorado Springs, Colorado

Before Dordt… played at Vista Ridge High School (Colorado) where he was an offensive lineman and he earned second-team all-conference honors…was an honorable mention all-area and all-state honoree…started two seasons at center for Vista Ridge.

75 Jacob Cook 6-0 305 Offensive Line SR Council Bluffs, Iowa

2016…earned first-team all-GPAC honors…played in all 11 games for the Defenders… part of an offensive line that ranked 5th in the nation in total rushing yards (3,029); 5th in rushing yards per game (275); 18th in total yards per game (445); 24th in points per game with 32.4 and had the NAIA’s leading ground gainer.

2015… earned second-team all-GPAC honors…played in 10 games for the Defenders.

2014…played in nine games for the Defenders on the offensive line.

Before Dordt… earned first-team all-city honors and second team all-district honors while also claiming second team all-Western Iowa honors for his offensive line play at Council Bluffs Lewis Central (Iowa)…was a three-year starter and helped Lewis Central to back to back playoff appearances in Class 3A...played defensive line and had 28 total tackles and three tackles for loss.  

75 Shane Miyake 5-11 230 Defensive End FR Longmont, Colorado

Before Dordt… played linebacker and offensive line for Mead High School (Colorado)…earned all-state, all-region, all-conference and academic all-state honors during his career…totaled 180 tackles with 95 solo and 85 assisted stops with 4.5 sacks.  

76 Eric Reid 6-0 295 Defensive Tackle FR Houston, Texas

Before Dordt… played for  Stafford High School (Texas)…was a part of back to back district champion teams in 2015 and 2016 who went undefeated…claimed first-team all-district honors in both 2015 and 2016 and was a second-team pick in 2014…claimed Blue-Grey All-American honors in 2016 and qualified for the Nike Opening Regionals in 2016.

76 Jack Scieszinski 6-0 295 Offensive Line FR Urbandale, Iowa

Before Dordt…played offensive line for Urbandale High School (Iowa)…was a second-team all-conference selection and served as team captain…helped Urbandale to a playoff berth in 2015.

77 Josh Powell 6-1 245 Defensive Tackle FR Mahoumet, Illinois

Before Dordt… played offensive and defensive line for Mahoumet-Seymour High School (Illinois)…totaled 130 career tackles on defense with five sacks and 10 quarterback hurries…claimed honorable mention all-conference honors as a junior and all-area and first-team all-conference honors as a senior.  

77 Devin Eekhoff 6-3 285 Offensive Line JR New Era, Michigan

2016…was an all-GPAC honorable mention pick…played in all 11 games for the Defenders… part of an offensive line that ranked 5th in the nation in total rushing yards (3,029); 5th in rushing yards per game (275); 18th in total yards per game (445); 24th in points per game with 32.4 and had the NAIA’s leading ground gainer.

2015…played in eight games.

Before Dordt…was named offensive line mvp for Western Michigan Christian…earned all-conference and all-area honors.

78 Aaron Alegria 5-11 315 Offensive Line SR Baytown, Texas

2016…played in seven games…part of an offensive line that ranked 5th in the nation in total rushing yards (3,029); 5th in rushing yards per game (275); 18th in total yards per game (445); 24th in points per game with 32.4 and had the NAIA’s leading ground gainer.

2015…played in seven games.

2014…played in a pair of games.

Before Dordt…earned all-district first-team honors and was an academic all-district honoree at Barbers Hill High School (Texas)…helped his team to a 2012 bi-district championship…was named the Kenneth Skidmore Courage Award winner.

79 Zach Krosschell 6-2 290 Offensive Line FR Lakewood, California

Before Dordt… attended Valley Christian (California) where he earned first-team all-area and first-team all-league honors in 2016…helped Valley Christian to a CIF Championship and two league championships during his career…helped clear the way for a running back that gained 1,940 yards in 2016 with 29 rushing touchdowns.

80 Josh de Jong 5-11 155 Wide Receiver FR Kuna, Idaho

Before Dordt… played for  Nampa Christian High School (Idaho…was a wide receiver, linebacker, safety and kicker at Nampa Christian…totaled 1001 yards on 47 receptions in 2016 and had 10 touchdowns…made two interceptions and totaled 53 tackles on defense and averaged 111 all-purpose yards per game…a two-time all-conference first team selection—once on offense and once on defense and was a second-team all-state pick at wide receiver in 2016.

81 Jake Dodge 6-3 220 Wide Receiver SO Milford, Iowa

2016…played in 10 games…had 16 catches for 241 yards…scored two touchdowns and averaged 15.1 yards per catch…caught a season high four passes against Concordia (November 5) and Doane (October 29)…had a season high 94 yards receiving against Concordia.

Before Dordt…graduated from Okoboji High School (Iowa)…played wide receiver, cornerback, kicker and punter for the Pioneers during his high school career…earned second-team all-state honors as a kicker and was twice named first-team all-district…was his team’s offensive mvp and was the “All In” team award winner twice…caught 36 passes for 444 yards and one touchdown and made 21 solo tackles on defense with an interception…converted on 18-22 point after attempts had a 34.6 yards per punt average on 29 attempts with a long of 74…longest field goal conversion was 43 yards.

82 Matthew Oh 6-2 175 Wide Receiver FR Escondido, California
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83 Dillon Stevens 6-3 255 Tight End SR Greenville, Texas

2016…played in nine games…had one catch for 14 yards.

2015…played in nine games.

2014…played in nine games on the offensive line for the Defenders.

Before Dordt…played a variety of positions for Greenville High School (Texas) including tackle and center…handled the long snapping chores and was a first-team all-district performer in 2012 and 2013.  

84 Aaron Meyer 5-10 150 Wide Receiver SR Dumont, Iowa
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85 Ben Bajema 6-5 255 Defensive Tackle SR Plano, Texas

2016…played in five games before season ending injury…had seven solo and seven assisted tackles before injury…had a pair of quarterback sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.

2015…played in ten games…totaled 29 solo tackles and eight assisted stops…was in on eight tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks…

2014…played in 11 games mostly at defensive end…had 14 solo tackles and 16 assisted stops and 3.0 quarterback sacks…had 5.5 tackles for loss…recorded a team high six tackles  against Concordia on October 4. Before Dordt… earned first-team all-district honors multiple times and was chosen to participate in the Tom Hillary DFW All-Star game while prepping at McKinney Christian Academy (Texas)…was a member of a state champion 4 x 200 meter relay team as a junior and also qualified for the state meet in the discus…plans to compete on the Dordt track and field team in the spring…earned Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) 3A Academic All-State Awards in Football, Wrestling and Track.

86 Levi Niesen 5-11 175 Slot SO Olympia, Illinois

Before Dordt…played for Olympia (Illinois)…caught passes for more than 500 yards in 2015 and ran for over 300 yards…scored nine touchdowns and earned all-conference honorable mention honors from the Cornbelt Conference…twice earned letters in football and also earned a varsity letter in track and field in 2014…helped Olympia to a Class 4A football playoff appearance.

87 Noah Munsinger 6-0 235 Tight End FR Hemet, California

Before Dordt...graduated from Hemet High School (California) and Greenville University before attending Dordt College.

87 Evin Dickerson 6-2 165 Tight End SO Silver Springs, Maryland
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89 Ben Hayes 6-1 235 Tight End JR Idaho Falls, Idaho

2015…played in six games for the Defenders.

Before Dordt…earned all-conference honors in 2014 while playing for Watersprings (Idaho)…caught passes for 444 yards and six touchdowns at tight end and made 70 tackles at defensive end…also punted for Watersprings.


90 Christian Kamerman 6-4 220 Defensive End FR Chandler, Arizona

Before Dordt…graduated from Valley Christian High School (Arizona)…was a defensive end and earned first-team all-conference honors.

92 Logan Fanning 6-0 250 Defensive Tackle FR Austin, Texas

Before Dordt… played defensive tackle at Regents School of Austin (Texas)…had 64 tackles, five quarterback sacks, 14 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries…earned first-team all-state honors along with all-conference honors…was a second-team all-state selection in 2015 and claimed all-conference as a junior too…helped Regents to a state final appearance and back to back conference titles in 2015 and 2016.

93 De'Areon Willis 5-9 285 Defensive Tackle SO Hanford, California

2016…played in four games…had two solo tackles with one assist

94 Courtland King 6-1 260 Defensive Tackle JR Grand Prairie, Texas

2016…played in three games.

2015…played in five games.

Before Dordt…helped Temple Christian (Texas) to back to back district championships in 2013 and 2014…earned all-district honors for his play on the offensive and defensive line…averaged five tackles for game.

95 Tyson Dahlgrin 6-3 220 Defensive End SO Harrisburg, Nebraska

2016…played in 10 games…had 28 solo tackles with 24 assisted stops…recorded five tackles for loss and had a team high three quarterback sacks… recovered three fumbles.

97 Chris Portman 5-10 235 Defensive Tackle FR Murrietta, California

Before Dordt…attended Paloma Valley High School (California)…had 14 tackles and four sacks with three tackles for loss in 2016 and he had seven tackles and two sacks with four tackles for loss as a junior…helped Paloma to a 9-1 regular season record in 2016 which was the school’s best regular season on record.

98 Salomon Ilunga 5-10 205 Defensive End FR Kuna, Idaho

Before Dordt…graduated from Nampa Christian (Idaho)…was an all-conference honoree on the offensive line.