Senior linebacker Zach Dashner (South Bend, Ind.) and freshman return specialist Dakota Nelson (Fairland, Ind.) represented Manchester University on D3Football.com's 2013 all-North Region honor teams, released Dec. 10.
Both players were placed on the third team. Dashner adds his award to second team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and team co-Most Valuable Player honors after leading the Spartans and the HCAC in interceptions (six) and ranking second at MU in tackles (74). Nelson, the HCAC's Freshman of the Year, first team returner and second team receiver as well as the team's outstanding wide receiver awardee, wrapped up the season averaging better than 20 yards per kickoff returns (22.8) and just under the same number in punt returns (18.2) while hauling in 56 catches for 582 yards and four touchdowns, His reception total ranks sixth best all-time in single-season efforts.
Dashner joins senior offensive linemen Adam Cantwell (Elkhart, Ind.) and Eric Courter (Carmel, Ind.) in competing at the D3 Senior Classic Friday, Dec. 13, at Salem Stadium in Salem, Virginia.