Weltha, Tucker earn Big 12 football honors

Weltha, Tucker earn Big 12 football honors

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Bloomington High School linebacker Austin Weltha has been named Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year while senior lineman Kyrin Tucker of Normal West earned the Offensive Player of the Year award.

Weltha was a unanimous first-team all-conference pick at linebacker and also earned first-team honors as a punter.

Tucker was joined on the first-team offensive line by seniors Caleb Meyer of Bloomington and Will Henrichs of Normal Community. Meyer was a unanimous selection by the league coaches.

Normal West senior tight end Phillip Yuncker and Bloomington junior wide re-ceiver Coree Harrell were first-team picks, as were sophomore Alec Bozarth of Normal Community and senior Dominique Stevenson of Nor-mal West at running back.

The first-team kicker was Normal Community senior Grant Donath.

On defense, senior Jackson Leffler from league champion NCHS was a unanimous choice as a lineman. Also named to the line were seniors Luke Nohns of Normal West and David Lowe of Bloomington.

Joining Weltha at linebacker were seniors Devon Roberts of BHS; DJ Frank and Ethan Ken-nedy of NCHS; and Darin Bethke and Hunter Dunlap of Normal West.

The first-team defensive backfield included NCHS seniors Alex Broad and Justin Fish and Normal West senior Cole Bumpus.


Big 12 Conference all-stars

FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE

Linemen

^Caleb Meyer, Sr. .................... Bloomington

Darrien Rose, Jr. ....................... Danville

Will Henrichs, Sr. .............. Normal Community

Kyrin Tucker, Sr. .................... Normal West

Luc Bequette, Jr. ........... Champaign Centennial

Nate Harris, Sr. ............... Champaign Central

Wide receivers/tight ends

^Chris Collier, Sr. ..................... Danville

Phillip Yuncker, Sr. ................. Normal West

Coree Harrell, Jr. ................... Bloomington

Steven Lee, Jr. ............. Chamapign Centennial

ShawnTrez Spates, Jr. .......... Decatur MacArthur

James Cobbs, Sr. .......................... Urbana

Quarterbacks

Jimmy Fitzgerald, Jr. ....... Champaign Centennial

Trent Sherfield, Sr. .................... Danville

Running backs

^Toby Rivera, Sr. .............. Champaign Central

Alec Bozarth, So. ............... Normal Community

Dominique Stevenson, Sr. ............. Normal West

Jaquay Owens, Jr. .............. Decatur MacArthur

Kicker

Grant Donath, Sr. ............... Normal Community

Kick/punt returner

Jaquay Owens, Jr. ................Decatur MacArthur

SPECIAL MENTION OFFENSE

Xavier Cook, OL, Jr., MacArthur; Jake Romani, QB, Sr., Bloomington; Braxton Woodland, RB, Jr., Decatur Eisenhower; Genia Fuss, RB, Jr., Normal West; Zach Breen, PK, Sr., Normal West; Easton Schaber, KR, Sr., Normal Community.

HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE

Levi Justice, OL, Sr., Bloomington; Brandon Nuckolls, OL, Sr., Normal Community; Jake Rothwell, OL, Jr., Normal Community; David Boyd, WR, Jr., Normal Community; Devan Ingram, QB, Sr., MacArthur.

FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE

Linemen

^Jackson Leffler, Sr. ........... Normal Community

Luke Nohns, Sr. ...................... Normal West

David Lowe, Sr. ...................... Bloomington

Trevon Adams, Sr. .............. Champaign Central

DeVince Lewis, Jr. ............. Decatur MacArthur

Cedrick Fry, Jr. .......................... Urbana

Linebackers

^Austin Weltha, Sr. .................. Bloomington

Devon Roberts, Sr. ................... Bloomington

DJ Frank, Sr. ................... Normal Community

Ethan Kennedy, Sr. .............. Normal Community

Darin Bethke, Sr. .................... Normal West

Hunter Dunlap, Sr. ................... Normal West

Seth Sturdivant, Jr. ........... Decatur MacArthur

Jeremy Bray, Sr. ............... Champaign Central

Backs

Alex Broad, Sr. ................. Normal Community

Justin Fish, Sr. ................ Normal Community

Cole Bumpus, Sr. ..................... Normal West

Chris Collier, Sr. ...................... Danville

Devan Ingram, Sr. .............. Decatur MacArthur

ShawnTrez Spates, Jr. .......... Decatur MacArthur

Trent Sherfield, Sr. .................... Danville

Punter

Austin Weltha, Sr. ................... Bloomington

SPECIAL MENTION DEFENSE

Luc Bequette, DL, Jr., Centennial; Jaylen Soules, LB, Sr., MacArthur; Jeremiah Peoples, DB, Jr., Centennial; Ryan Frye, DB, Sr., Normal West; Zach Breen, P, Sr., Normal West

HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE

Jordan Somlar, DL, Sr., Bloomington; Joe Sutton, DL, Sr., Normal Community; William Price, DL, Sr., Normal West; Kylan Dubose, DL, Jr., Centennial; Tim Pittman, DL, Sr., Danville.

AWARDS

Offensive player of the year — Kyrin Tucker, OL, Sr., Normal West

Defensive player of the year — Austin Weltha, LB, Sr., Bloomington

(^) – unanimous selections

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