Portions courtesy of Aurora University athletics communications and Benedictine University athletics communications
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (naccsports.org) --- A trio of Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) football players were recognized recently by their inclusion on All-America teams released by the Associated Press and D3football.com.
On Thursday, Dec. 19, Benedictine University senior linebacker Scottie Bobeck was chosen as a First Team NCAA Division III All-American by the Associated Press. The following day, Aurora University senior tight end Colton Jewell (second team) and junior quarterback Gavin Zimbelman (honorable mention) were recognized as part of D3football.com's all-America squads just prior to the Stagg Bowl.
Bobeck was tabbed as the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Year after matching a career-high in 2019 with a team-leading 105 tackles. The Kenosha, Wis. native accounted for four turnovers with three interceptions and a fumble recovery while also blocking a kick and breaking up two passes. The three interceptions were tied for second in the conference. Bobeck recorded double-digit tackles in five games while logging seven or more in each of the season's 10 contests.
Bobeck logged a career-high 20 tackles in a win over Lakeland while also recording the game-sealing interception in the endzone. The senior was named as the NACC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
Benedictine finished a dramatic turnaround under first-year head coach Jim Schroeder by notching a 7-3 record, taking second in the conference with a 6-1 mark.
Jewell, a first-team all-NACC selection this season, caught 50 passes for 724 yards and nine touchdowns while helping the Spartan offensive that averaged 519.2 total yards per game, 190.0 yards rushing and 329.2 passing per game.
Zimbelman added honorable mention all-America honors to an already-impressive list of accolades for the 2019 season - Gagliardi Trophy finalist, CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-America, D3football.com Third Team All-Region, NACC Offensive Player of the Year, and First-Team All-NACC. He completed 280 of 441 passes for 3,614 yards with 57 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and ran for 414 yards and four touchdowns. He led Division III in passing touchdowns (57), total offense (366.2 yards per game), points responsible for (368), and points responsible for per game (33.5), and finished fourth nationally in passing yards (3,614) and passing yards per game (328.5).
The Spartans finished the 2019 campaign with a 9-2 record and an appearance in the 2019 NCAA Division III playoffs under first-year head coach Don Beebe, winning the NACC with a perfect 7-0 league mark. Aurora pushed Saint John's (Minnesota) to the brink in the first round of the NCAA Championship. It was the fifth trip to the NCAA postseason in program history and the first since 2008.