Vander Woude Named All-American

Vander Woude Named All-American

(Thursday, December 5; Sioux Center, Iowa)  William Vander Woude (Senior; Merced, California) has been named a second-team NAIA All-American for the recently completed football season by the American Football Coaches’ Association (AFCA).

Vander Woude was one of five offensive lineman selected to the second-team after helping the Defenders average 326 yards per game on the ground and 36 points per game in 2019.  He was also named a first-team all-GPAC honoree at the conclusion of the season and was named an NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete in 2018.

“William embodies the Defender Way and he has been the perfect example of how hard work and dedication pay off.  Our style of play on the offensive line requires a unique level of aggressiveness and William set the tone for this.  His transformation from freshmen year to senior year will be a story told for decades in this program,” said Dordt football coach Joel Penner.

Vander Woude played in three games during his freshman and sophomore seasons before competing in six games as a junior.

The Defenders concluded a 7-4 campaign in November and finished third in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. This is the second year in a row the Defenders have won seven games.