Wayne, Neb. --- Seven Wayne State College football players were named Tuesday to the CoSIDA/College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Football Team. Student-athletes have to maintain a minimum 3.50 grade point average to earn the honor. Wildcats honored include Gage Dengel, Jett Janssen, Jacob Keiser, Ryan Kennedy, Alex Kowalczyk, Dexter Larsen and Alex Powders.

The 2022 Academic All-District Football Teams are selected by College Sports Communicators and recognizes the top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

Dengel, a sophomore tight end from Bellevue (Bellevue East HS), carries a 3.97 grade point average majoring in accounting. This season he had 13 catches for 120 yards and one touchdown, recording a season high four catches at #19 Minnesota State in the NCAA Division II playoff game November 19th.

Janssen, a sophomore offensive lineman from Lincoln, earned All-NSIC South Division Second Team Offense honors. He started all 11 games at left tackle for the second straight season for the Wildcats and maintains a 3.92 grade point average majoring in health and physical education.

Keiser is a sophomore running back from Hartington Cedar Catholic HS and has a 3.79 grade point average majoring in pre-pharmacy. This season he ranked third on the team in rushing with 349 yards on 90 carries (3.9 avg) with five touchdowns and had two catches for nine yards.

Kennedy, a senior offensive lineman from Norwalk, Iowa (Norwalk HS), maintains a 3.63 grade point average majoring in math education. He was a three year starter at center on the Wildcat offensive line and an All-NSIC South Division honorable mention selection as a sophomore in 2019.

Kowalczyk, a sophomore linebacker from Sioux Falls, S.D. (O’Gorman HS), earned All-NSIC South Division First Team honors this season after being named Second Team last year. He led the Wildcat defense and ranked fourth in the NSIC this season with 106 total tackles and tied for seventh in the NSIC with three interceptions. He was named NSIC Defensive Player of the Week twice this season and has a 3.91 grade point average majoring in accounting.

Larsen is a sophomore linebacker from Blair (Blair HS) and carries a 3.97 grade point average majoring in exercise science. He ranked second on the Wildcat defense this season with 63 tackles and had three forced fumbles that tied for first in the NSIC along with 5.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.

Powders, a senior placekicker from Council Bluffs, Iowa (Thomas Jefferson HS), is a repeat All-NSIC South Division First Team selection at kicker. This season Powders made 13 of 15 field goals and was 40-41 on PAT kicks to rank second in the NSIC in PAT kicks, third in field goals made and fifth in kicker scoring. He made a school record 52-yard field goal at #24 Augustana and was 4-4 on field goals that game to become just the third player in school history to make four field goals in one game. Powders is majoring in exercise science and maintains a 3.57 grade point average.

Wayne State earned a share of the Northern Sun Conference regular season title and finished with a 9-3 record while qualifying for the NCAA Division II playoffs for just the second time in school history (2008). It’s also just the fourth-ever nine-win regular season for Wildcat football (1949, 1993 and 2008).