PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Don Hansen Football Committee today announced Bemidji State University football seniors Cory Crosby (ILB, Cold Spring, Minn.) and Brett DeLange (OL, Plainfield, Ill.) 2012 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-Super Region Three Third Team honorees.
The award is the first for both players from the publication and the 16th and 17th members of the BSU football team to earn all-region honors from the Don Hansen Football Gazette.
A 2012 Daktronics Super Region #3 First Team Defense and All-NSIC First Team honoree, Crosby saved his best season for the last, as he totaled 108 tackles (46 solo), 15.0 tackles for loss (-70 yards) and 5.0 sacks (-50 yards), all of which led the team and established career-highs. He finished tied for second in the NSIC in total tackles (tied for first among linebackers) and fifth in tackles per game, which also stands tied for 39th nationally. He finished fourth in the league and tied for 40th in the nation in tackles for loss per game (1.36 TFL/g) and tied for ninth in the NSIC is sacks per game (.45 sacks/g). He also added two forced fumbles, which was good for a tie for sixth in the conference.
The last Bemidji State player to record 100 tackles in a season was Jeremiah Johnson in 2005 (112 tackles). According to available sack records dating back to 1985, Crosby is the only BSU player to ever record 100-plus tackles, 10 or more tackles for loss and at least five sacks in a season. He is the first player since 2008 to lead the team in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks in the same season. His 15.0 tackles for loss ranks 10th on BSU’s single-season chart, while the 70 yards from tackles for loss is eighth at Bemidji State.
The linebacker totaled 10 or more tackles on six occasions, including a career-high 17 tackles (four solo) in a home victory against Minnesota State University Moorhead Nov. 3. In that game, he also established career marks with 13 assisted tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks (tied career-high). The 2.5 sacks against the Dragons tied his mark set earlier in the season against Northern State University that pushed the Wolves offense back 34 yards and the 4.5 tackles for loss tied an NSIC-high in 2012. He was named NSIC Defensive Player of the Week Nov. 5 after his performance against the MSUM.
Crosby exits Bemidji State fifth all-time in tackles with 326 (133s-193a). His 34.0 tackles for loss ranks sixth at BSU, while is yards from tackles for loss, 131, finishes 10th. The senior’s 193 assisted tackles sits sixth at Bemidji State, while his solo tackle total of 133 ranks 10th. Crosby was named All-NSIC Second-Team in 2010 and 2011.
DeLange was named All-NSIC First Team after he played eight games at center in 2012, missing three games in the middle of the season due to injury. A key member of the BSU offensive line, he helped the Beavers finish seventh in the NSIC in rushing after compiling 1,879 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground. The O-Line guided the ground game to four 200-plus yard games, which included the final three games of the season, while two players totaled four games of 100 yards or more. The line protected all-conference quarterback Lance Rongstad (Sr., Eleva, Wis.). He threw for 2,114 yards, 16 touchdowns and posted six 200-plus yard contests, which included the final three of the season. Rongstad was a dual run/pass threat and finished fifth in the league in total offense with 268.1 yards per game.
The Beavers started 1-3, but finished the 2012 season 7-4 to record their 14th record of at least .500 in their last 15 seasons. The team’s 5-1 record at Chet Anderson Stadium tied a program-best for home wins in a season and marked the 11th consecutive winning record at home. Bemidji State went 6-1 in the NSIC North Division to share the divisional title with University of Minnesota Duluth and record its best showing in the five years since beginning divisional play.
The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen’s Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).