First Team Accolades Pile Up for Cole Manhart


10th Loperto Make A.P. Squad

Kearney, Neb. – The awards keep coming forNebraska-Kearney junior left tackle Cole Manhart as he was named today to theAssociated Press Little All-American team.

The A.P. Little All-American team dates back to the early1930's and includes players from NCAA Division II and III schools, as well asNAIA institutions

Manhart (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) was chosen to the A.P.'sfirst-team offense. He already had been tabbed a first-team All-American by theAFCA (American Football Coaches Association).

The 10th Loper to be named an A.P. LittleAll-American and the fourth to make the first-team, Manhart (ThunderRidge H.S.)is joined on the offensive line by Division II players Matt Armstrong (GrandValley State, Mich.), Brian Clarke (Bloomsburg, Pa.) and Cody Carlson (NWMissouri State), as well as Division III's Armand Jenifer (Johns Hopkins, Md.).

The other MIAA players on the first-team were defensive endMatt Longacre (NW Missouri State), linebacker Nate Dreiling (Pittsburg State)and corner Pierre Desir (Lindenwood).

The only unanimous first-team All-MIAA player this fall,Manhart (6-6, 300 lbs.) blocked for a ground game that ranked sixth in theconference in rushing offense at 203.7 yards per game. He also was an"H" back in UNK's hammer package, which was unveiled in the fifthcontest of the season, a 56-6 win over Lindenwood.

Off the field, he maintains a 3.51 cumulative GPA as a Criminal Justice major.Finally, Manhart (ThunderRidge H.S.) was one of UNK's team co-captains thisseason.

Courtesy UNK Sports Information