For Immediate Release
Football -- Dec. 26, 2011
Hess, Schmidgall Receive All-America Honors
VOORHEES, N.J. – Eureka College seniors Alex Hess (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S.) and Wes Schmidgall (Eureka, Ill./Eureka H.S./Culver-Stockton) have each been named postseason All-Americans by D3ProDay.com, according to an announcement from the website last week. Hess received Third Team honors as a tight end, while Schmidgall was one of seven wide receivers to earn Honorable Mention.
Hess and Schmidgall also received preseason All-America honors from D3ProDay.com last August. The All-America selections are the first for the Eureka football program since current head coach Kurt Barth was a three-time choice from 1995 through 1997. The Eureka duo joined St. Scholastica quarterback Alex Thiry and Westminster wide receiver Carl Givens as the only players from the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference to qualify for the postseason award.
This season, Schimdgall led the UMAC and ranked fifth nationally in Division III with 1,247 receiving yards. His 73 receptions ranked second in the league and his 16 touchdowns ranked tied for first. For his four-year collegiate career that includes numbers from his freshman season at NAIA Culver-Stockton, Schimdgall made 196 catches for 3,631 yards and 43 touchdowns. Following his 18-catch, 273-yard performance on Oct. 22, he was named to the D3Football.com national Team of the Week and received UMAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in his career.
Hess gave Eureka a versatile weapon on offense, contributing as a tight end, slot receiver and fullback as part of the Red Devils’ spread attack. He finished the season with 41 receptions for 560 yards and two touchdowns, all single-season career-bests. He also carried the ball 11 times for 24 yards and two touchdowns as a short-yardage specialist. Hess finished his three-year Eureka career with 100 catches for 1,254 yards and five touchdowns. He also scored six touchdowns on the ground. Hess was also a two-time all-conference choice in baseball at Eureka and was the only male student-athlete from a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member school to earn all-conference First Team honors in two different sports in 2010.
D3ProDay.com is the nation’s first and only Division III Pro Day and Combine for seniors after the regular season. The selection board is made up of pro scouts, NFL and CFL agents and former NFL coaches and players. The D3ProDay.com All-America Teams are made up entirely of seniors.
Eureka finished the 2011 season with a 4-6 overall record and a 4-5 UMAC record to finish sixth in the 10-team league.
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