Eagle Trio Land Spots On Don Hansen Super Region Team

Eagle Trio Land Spots On Don Hansen Super Region Team


Three Ashland University football players have earned spots on the recently-released 2018 Don Hansen All-Super Region Three Team.

Senior defensive end James Prater Jr. is a super region first-team selection. The honor is just the latest this offseason for Prater Jr., who this past fall, was second in the GLIAC in sacks (9½) and tied for third in tackles for loss (15), and tied for 10th in NCAA Division II at 0.95 sacks per game. He finished runner-up on Ashland's defense with 65 total tackles (27 solo), and also broke up four passes.

Prater Jr. is a three-time 2018 second-team All-America, earning honors from the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and D2Football.com. Earlier this offseason, he garnered first-team Super Region 3, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year and first-team All-GLIAC honors. He also finished fifth in the finals of the vote for the Gene Upshaw Award, the Division II Senior Lineman of the Year, and was a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, presented to the nation's top small college defensive player.

Senior tailback Andrew Vaughn and sophomore kicker Satchel Denton each landed third-team all-super region laurels. Vaughn, a 2018 GLIAC first-teamer, rushed for 806 yards and six touchdowns, and caught 22 passes for 156 yards and a score. Denton, who was a 2018 GLIAC second-team selection, was 30-for-30 on extra points and 13-of-15 on field goals.

As a team last season, the Eagles finished 6-4 overall and 6-2 in the GLIAC. All four of AU's losses were to Top 25 teams by a total of 21 points.