Charlie Hall was named Frontier Conference Coach of the Year, senior quarterback Tanner Trosin was the FC Offensive Player of the Year and Southern Oregon University dominated the first-team defense on the awards list released Wednesday by the league office.
Thirteen Raiders in all were first- or second-team selections. Joining Trosin on the offensive first team were senior tackle Dane Skriloff and junior receiver Bronsen Ader, while senior receiver Matt Boudreaux and junior running back Rey Vega landed on the second team.
Of 12 first-team defensive spots, five belonged to SOU: senior linebacker Isiah Carter, senior safety Oshay Dunmore, junior linebackers Tyson Cooper and Devvon Gage, and junior defensive end Sean Rogers were honored. Keegan Lawrence, a senior safety, received second-team kudos, as did junior placekicker Marcus Montano the special teams list.
Eastern Oregon senior linebacker Michael Arenas was voted FC Defensive Player of the Year, though Trosin will be put forth as the conference's nominee for NAIA Player of the Year.
In SOU's six seasons in the Frontier, a Raider quarterback has received the top offensive award four times (with Austin Dodge accounting for the first three). Trosin, a second-team pick in 2015, has bounced back from last year's medical-redshirt to rank second in the NAIA in total offense per game (378.1 yards) and passing yards per game (350) with a completion percentage of 62.5. The product of Folsom, Calif., has thrown for 26 touchdowns (with just six interceptions) and rushed for seven more, and in 11 games he's hit the 300-yard mark 10 times.
Skriloff heads an offensive line that's only allowed Trosin to be sacked 16 times. At receiver Ader led all players in Frontier action with 103.5 reception yards per game — totaling 853 yards and four TDs on 50 catches this season — and Boudreaux has added 36 catches for 698 yards and four TDs. On the ground Vega is up to 679 rushing yards and nine TDs on 5.3 per carry, and he's added 28 receptions for 285 yards and two scores.
Before their entire starting linebacker group was named Wednesday, the Raiders previously boasted just one first-team All-Frontier linebacker during their time in the conference. Cooper has earned his spot with 93 tackles, 10 tackles for losses, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. Gage repeated as a first-team pick with 83 tackles and 2 ½ sacks, and Carter improved on his second-team status of a year ago with 71 tackles, 8 ½ sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced.
Rogers' 9 ½ sacks ranked second in the Frontier, while Dunmore has recorded 52 tackles and four interceptions in his first season at safety. He paired to form the most dominant safety corps in the FC with Lawrence, who ranks third on the team with 83 tackles and has snagged three interceptions.
As a third-year starting kicker Montano has converted 10 of 12 field-goal attempts with long of 48 yards, as well as 51 of 53 point-after tries. On 73 kickoffs he's averaged 58.6 yards with 10 touchbacks.
Hall was hired in March to take over the Raiders following the unexpected passing of legendary coach Craig Howard. At 11-0, his is still the only unbeaten SOU team since 1946.