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Dom Izzo’s 2022 All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Team and Awards – InForum

FCS football awards season has begun, with ballots for the Missouri Valley Football Conference and statewide for the Walter Payton and Buck Buchanan Awards.

MVFC will release its all-conference team next week, which will have some new faces on the roster while recognizing some good players for great years.

I’m lucky to have a vote for the tenth year in a row. The ballot I submit to the league MUST NOT include players from the state of North Dakota.

For the purpose of this story, I’m including bison players that I thought might be worth considering.

QUARTERBACK – Nic Baker – Southern Illinois (2,750 yards, 20 TDs, 7 INTs)

RUN BACK – Jaleel McLaughlin – Youngstown State and Isaiah Davis – South Dakota State

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Michael Tutsie of North Dakota State grabs Isaiah Davis of South Dakota State during their football game Saturday, October 15, 2022 in Fargo.

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FULL BACK – Hunter Luepke – State of North Dakota

CLOSE END – Tucker Kraft – State of South Dakota

OFFENSIVE LINE – Cody Mauch – North Dakota State, Mason McCormick, Garrett Greenfield – South Dakota State, Donny Ventrelli – North Dakota and Alex Jensen – South Dakota

WIDE RECEIVER – Bo Belquist – North Dakota, Bryce Oliver – Youngstown State and Avante Cox – Southern Illinois

DEFENSE LINE – Reece Winkelman and Caleb Sanders – State of South Dakota, Spencer Waege – State of North Dakota, Dylan Wudke – State of Youngstown

LINEBACKERS – Zeke Vandenburgh – State of Illinois, Adam Bock – State of South Dakota and James Kaczor – State of North Dakota

DEFENSIVE BACK – Benny Sapp – Northern Iowa, Dyshawn Gales – State of South Dakota, CJ Siegel – State of North Dakota, Michael Tutsie – State of North Dakota

FOOTBALL Matthew Cook – Northern Iowa

GAMMER – Hunter Dustman – State of South Dakota

RETURNS SPECIALIST – Jayden Price – State of North Dakota

ATTACKING PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Jaleel McLaughlin – Youngstown State

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Zeke Vandenburgh – State of Illinois

COACH OF THE YEAR – John Stiegelemeier – State of South Dakota

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR – Naseim Brantley – Western Illinois

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Youngstown State’s Jaleel McLaughlin enters the end zone during the fourth quarter of their soccer game against North Dakota State on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at the Fargodome.

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