Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University football standouts Zach Sieler (Pinckney) and Tavierre Thomas (Detroit) have added further recognition following outstanding 2017 campaigns as both were tabbed today to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association Division II All-America squad.
Sieler, a junior defensive end, was chosen to the D2CCA All-America First Team for the second consecutive year while Thomas, a senior defensive back, earned recognition as a second-team All-America pick for the second-straight season. Both were previously tabbed last week to the 2017 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II All-America Team.
This year marks the second consecutive year both have achieved All-America status by at least one source.
The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.
The D2CCA All-America squads were nominated and voted on by sports information directors from across the country. Earlier, both Sieler and Thomas were chosen to the D2CCA All-Super Region Three First Team with senior offensive lineman Jake Daugherty (Big Rapids), junior offensive tackle Devon Johnson (Aurora, Ill.) and senior linebacker Terrell Porter (Detroit) all garnering all-region second team recognition.
Sieler and Thomas represented half of the four Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) picks named to one of the two D2CCA All-America squads along with Ashland quarterback Travis Tarnowski and AU offensive lineman Dominic Giunta.
This fall, Sieler was tabbed as the GLIAC's Defensive Lineman of the Year for the second-straight year and also recently chosen as the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) Super Region Three Defensive Player of the Year. He led the Bulldogs with 21 tackles for loss (-74 yards) and seven quarterback sacks (-46 yards) while ranking third in total tackles (79) in addition to forcing two fumbles, recovering two fumbles, breaking up two passes and blocking a quick.
Meanwhile, Thomas ranked among the league and national leaders with 18 total pass breakups and four interceptions while garnering the GLIAC Defensive Back of the Year honor. The two-time first team All-GLIAC selection finished right behind Sieler on the squad with 60 total stops and added two tackles for loss while starting all 13 games in his final season as a Bulldog.
Ferris State finished the 2017 season with an 11-2 overall record. FSU's 11 wins this season marks the fourth consecutive year in which the Bulldogs have achieved the feat, which represents the first time in school history in which FSU has done so over four-straight years.
This fall, the Bulldogs also made their fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II Playoffs and reached the national quarterfinal round for the second-straight year after making a D2 National Semifinal appearance last season.