PORTLAND, Ore. (Nov. 12) -- Central Washington University junior linebacker Stan Langlow (University Place/Curtis HS), who led the Wildcats in tackles with 81, has been selected the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
Also earning special awards were Humboldt State University's Nick Ricciardulli and Brett Frydendahl, Gustave Benthin of Western Oregon University, Manako Tuifua of Azusa Pacific University, Lemar Durant of Simon Fraser University and CWU freshman Cedrique Chaney (Kelso).
Ricciardulli, who ran for a GNAC-record 1,579 yards, was the GNAC Offensive Player of the Year, while Frydendahl was voted the Offensive Lineman of the Year. Benthin and Tuifua tied in the balloting for the GNAC Defensive Lineman of the Year award. Durant and Chaney were selected the GNAC Newcomer and Freshman of the Year, respectively.
Blaine Bennett of Central Washington and Dave Johnson of Simon Fraser tied in the balloting for Coach of the Year each receiving three votes.
Bennett earned his third GNAC Coach of the Year award after leading the Wildcats to a 7-4 record and their seventh conference title in the 10-year history of the GNAC football conference. Johnson led Simon Fraser to a 5-6 record. Two years ago SFU won just one game and last year they had just three victories.
CWU placed eight players on the 29-man first-team all-conference squad. Humboldt State and Western Oregon, which tied for second place in the GNAC just one game back of the Wildcats, had six first team selections. Simon Fraser and Azusa Pacific each placed four players on the first team and Dixie State had one.
Eight of the first team selections were unanimous selections including Ricciardulli, Langlow, Durant, Frydendahl, Benthin, Tuifua, offensive lineman Joey Tivnan (Centralia) of Central Washington and Western Oregon defensive back Bryce Peila. Peila was one of three players, along with CWU offensive lineman Mike Nelson (Carnation/Mount Si HS) and Humboldt State linebacker Chris Peterson, who earned first-team honors for the third year in a row.
Other repeaters from last year's first team included Frydendahl, Tivnan, Simon Fraser offensive lineman Matthias Goossen, Dixie State kick returner Cache Morgan, Western Oregon linebacker Scotland Foss and Humboldt State defensive back Jeremiah Maluia.
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