BROOKFIELD, Ill. – Three Merrimack Warrior football
players were named to the 2011 Don Hansen All-Super Region One
squad. Shawn Loiseasu (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was
named to the first-team defensive squad while teammates
Tony Johnson (Lynn, Mass.) and Isaiah
Voegeli (Hyannis, Mass.) were named to the
The first-team and second-team All-Region selections advance to a national ballot from which the 2011 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team will be named later this month. A total of 118 players from 37 schools earned some form of Don Hansen All-Super Region one honors.
Senior captain Shawn Loiseau led the team and the conference in tackles for the third consecutive season in 2011 as he recorded 121 tackles on the season. Loiseau broke the 100 tackle plateau for the third consecutive season and was named Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. Loiseau broke the school record for tackles in a career during a game at assumption in week six of the season, with his 326th career tackle. Loiseau finished his career with 382 tackles, which ranks him third all-time in NE-10 conference history. He holds the school record for tackles in a season with 133 tackles in 2010 after breaking his previous record of 123 tackles from 2009. Loiseau ranked second in the nation with 12.1 tackles per game as a senior. Losieau racked up 10.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks on the season to go along with six quarterback hurries.
In his junior year with the Warriors, Voegeli ranked first in the conference and third nationally in receiving yards per game (125.1). His 1,251 receiving yards was good for tops in the Northeast-10 and fourth nationally. Voegeli also hauled in 14 touchdowns on the season which is good for second in the country. Voegeli was also a standout as a punt returner as he led the Northeast-10 and was eight nationally in average yards per return (16.2). Voegeli broke the 100 yard receiving plateau in eight of ten games on the season including a season-high 182 receiving yards and four total touchdowns in a victory against Pace.
Tony Johnson finished out his Merrimack career with another strong season as he led the team and was second in the conference in sacks with 7.5. Johnson was named Defensive Lineman of the Year and was a NE-10 first team member for the fourth consecutive season in 2011. Johnson led the team and the conference as a senior with three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries including on fumble recovery returned for a 32 yard touchdown against Pace early in the season. Johnson was also second on the team in tackles for a loss with 13 and pass breakups with seven. Johnson led the team and the conference with 19 quarterback hurries as he was a tough block each and every down. Johnson closed out his senior year with 36 sacks, giving him the most sacks in school history.
The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen’s Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.