BLOOMINGTON, Minn.--Three Adrian College Bulldogs were chosen on Wednesday to the 2017 D3football.com All-North Region teams, led by senior placekicker Cameron Cook (Linden, Mich.) on first-team offense, senior center Eric McDonel (Titusville, Fla. / Astronaut High School) on third-team offense and junior wide receiver Jerron McGaw (Indianapolis, Ind./Thomas Carr Howe HS) on third-team offense. The trio ties a school record for the most D3football all-region selections, matching the 2005 season.
Cook becomes the only Bulldogs placekicker to land first-team all-region by D3football.com and the first on the first unit since guard Collin Smith in 2008. Cook rewrote the AC record book this season, setting benchmarks for single-game (16 vs Lakeland, Oct. 7) and career points by a kicker (220, which is second overall), single-season and career extra-points made (41, 121) and attempted (44, 140) and single-game (4 vs Lakeland, Oct. 7) and career field goals made (33-tied) and career attempted (55). He also ranks among the percentage leaders for a game, season and career. He ended the regular season ranked third in NCAA Division III field goal percentage (.923; 12-13) and 15th with 1.29 field goals per game. The criminal justice major twice earned a spot on the Scoutware/D3football.com National Team of the Week during the season.
McDonel helped anchor an offensive line that paved the way for junior running back Emmanuel Stewart to break the all-time rushing record in school history and senior David Nutter running for a career-best 925 yards on 2017. The accounting major was part of an O-line contingent that was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week on Oct. 25--the second time in as many years. McDonel and his teammates also helped Adrian be on the top offenses in the nation with NCAA rankings of 17th in rushing (247.5 yards per game), 25th in total yards (464.1 ypg), 29th in fourth-down conversions (.588), 35th in third-down conversions (.446), 41st in red-zone efficiency (.841) and 42nd in first downs (229). The Bulldogs allowed the 28th fewest sacks with 1.10 per game.
McGaw had a breakthrough, record-setting third-year campaign. He led the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association with school records of 10 touchdown catches (tied) and 1,233 yards receiving. He also had a career-best 70 receptions for second on the all-time school chart. The communications major is fifth in the nation in receiving yards, 27th with 7.0 receptions per game, 39th in receiving TDs, 66th with 131.2 all-purpose yards per game and 89th with 11 total TDs. His career rankings in team history are third with 1,895 yards receiving, fourth with 125 catches and tied for third with 15 TDs.
All told, Adrian has produced 16 D3football all-region honorees since 2005--tied for the third-most in the MIAA behind league-leader Trine with 23.
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