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Three Huskies Tabbed Don Hansen's Football All-Americans

 by Wes Frahm, director, athletic communications and marketing

Football players Phil Milbrath (Norway), Matt Desotell (Green Bay, Wis./Ashwaubenon) and Tim Schmalz (Shawano, Wis.) have all been named 2010 Don Hansen's All-Americans. Milbrath gained first team status while Desotell and Schmalz earned spots on the second team.

Milbrath, a senior running back who was a national finalist for the Harlon Hill Award as the Division II player of the year, finished second in the nation in rushing (141.2 yards per game), fifth in all-purpose offense (178.7 yards per game) and ninth in scoring (9.6 points per game). He had eight 100-yard games and two 200-yard games, with his career-best performance of 293 yards and two touchdowns coming vs. No. 1-ranked Grand Valley State. The 5-9, 200-pound Milbrath racked up 1,412 rushing yards, 375 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns during his senior campaign. He was a unanimous first team All-American.

Desotell, a 6-3, 300-pound senior offensive lineman, started 37 career games, including 31 straight at left guard. He anchored an offensive line that dominated the trenches. The Huskies were second in the GLIAC in rushing at 261 yards per game and tops in the nation in sacks allowed, giving up only three all season.

Schmalz, a fullback, was used mainly as a blocking back for Tech's high-powered rushing offense. The 6-1, 235-pound senior did carry the ball seven times for seven yards and two touchdowns. Both TDs came in Tech's 24-7 win over Wayne State.

In addition to those three players, junior defensive end Todd Storm gained honorable mention on the Don Hansen All-America list. Storm, a defensive end who was selected as the GLIAC Defensive Lineman of the Year, averaged 1.0 sack per game. The 6-3, 240-pound junior registered a GLIAC-leading 10.0 sacks, as well as the league's third-highest tackle-for-loss total at 14.0. Storm was also credited with 38 tackles, four quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and three pass breakups.

The Don Hansen Division II All-America Team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988.

The Don Hansen Football Committee, which selects the Hansen's All-America Teams, is made up of sports information directors at several institutions from each of the nation's four super regions.

Michigan Tech finished its 2010 football campaign with an 8-2 record. The Huskies tied for second place in the GLIAC.

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