LIBERTY — The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced 72 football standouts have earned All-Conference accolades while another 38 were named honorable mentions for the 2019 season. Of those 110 student-athletes, eight are from William Jewell College, the most honors for the Cardinals since the nine selections of 2015.
Jalik Jaggwe and Antonio Wabanimkee were both named to the all-GLVC second team while Donte’ Colum, Brock Geisz, Cameron McKasson, Will Schneider, Major Walker and Zach White received honorable mention nods.
In his first season with the Cardinals, Jaggwe led the team and ranked third in the GLVC with 923 receiving yards for nearly 84 per game. He also scored six touchdowns, including two against Southwest Baptist and Truman. He posted five games with 100-plus receiving yards, finishing with a season-best 138 at Quincy.
Wabanimkee earned his second all-GLVC selection in as many years after being named to the second team in 2018 as well. The senior finished the season ranked third on the team and 12th overall in the GLVC with 83 tackles, for an average of more than seven per contest.
Colum and Walker also receive consecutive postseason honors after earning second team and honorable mention selections last season.
Colum finished 2019 with 61 total tackles and nine pass breakups for fourth in the league. He was also tied for the team lead with three interceptions, including a pick-six for 88 yards against Southwest Baptist. It is the seventh longest in GLVC history.
Walker also totaled 61 tackles, including 3.5 for loss. The senior blocked three kicks to extend his lead on Jewell’s NCAA-era career record with eight.
Four players receive their first career postseason honor, led by the red shirt senior Geisz, who posted a team-best 97 tackles for fifth in the GLVC. McKasson is the final defensive player to be named to the honorable mention list, finishing with 84 tackles, 6.5 for loss, which was 11th in the GLVC.
Schneider is the third quarterback to earn postseason honors for the Cardinals since the move to the GLVC. He finished the season with 2,423 passing yards, which ranks third all-time at Jewell, for an average of more than 220 per game. The junior also finished second on the team with 352 rushing yards and led the squad with eight scores on the ground.
White is one of eight freshmen across the league to be named to the all-GLVC team and the fifth Cardinal to do so in eight seasons in the conference. He started all 11 games at right tackle in his debut season, one of five players to do on the offensive side.
The league also recognized William Jewell as the winner of the GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award for football. Schneider also was a GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award honoree. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior.