FSU QB Jason Vander Laan named to AFCA All-America first team

ALL AMERICAN: Ferris State University senior quarterback Jason Vander Laan rushes during the 2015 season. (Pioneer file photo)

ALL AMERICAN: Ferris State University senior quarterback Jason Vander Laan rushes during the 2015 season. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University senior quarterback Jason Vander Laan has been tabbed as the nation’s top quarterback for the second straight year by the American Football Coaches Association.

Vander Laan was chosen as an AFCA Division II All-America first-team selection for the second consecutive campaign and the only quarterback from the entire country in Division II named to the All-America team.

He’s among only three of the eight Harlon Hill Trophy finalists chosen to the AFCA All-America squad. The 2015 Harlon Hill winner, which goes to the nation’s top player, will be announced on Dec. 18, with Vander Laan among the favorites as he aims to win the trophy for the second consecutive season.

Vander Laan completed his senior season with 4,167 yards of total offense after rushing for 1,542 yards and passing for 2,625 more. His 347.3 yards of total offense per game ranked sixth nationally and he also was ninth in rushing at 128.5 yards per game. The senior signal caller rushed for 24 touchdowns and threw for another 27 to rank second in Division II in points responsible for with 25.5 per game. He completed 210 of 320 passes with just seven interceptions and ranked ninth nationally in passing efficiency with a 158.0 rating.

This season, Vander Laan broke the NCAA record for most career rushing yards and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. He also became the first player in NCAA history to register both 1,000 yards passing and rushing for four consecutive seasons. Vander Laan was previously chosen as the GLIAC Player of the Year for the second-straight campaign and was one of 12 national finalists for the Campbell Trophy as the nation’s top football scholar-athlete at all levels.

In his four seasons as the Bulldogs’ quarterback, Vander Laan guided FSU to a 37-9 overall mark, a pair of GLIAC championships, two NCAA playoff appearances and back-to-back unbeaten regular seasons.

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