NSIC Football All-Conference Team Showcases Nine Wildcat Players, Two Coaches 

NSIC Football All-Conference Team Showcases Nine Wildcat Players, Two Coaches 
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics

WAYNE – From special teams, offense, defense, assistant coach and head coach, the Wayne State College football team is well represented on the 2022 NSIC All-Conference team.

According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, WSC landed nine players earning First and Second Team All-NSIC while head coach Logan Masters and assistant coach/offensive coordinator Collin Prosser were named NSIC Coach of the Year and Assistant Coach of the Year respectively.

Wayne State earned a share of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season title with a 9-2 record and qualified for the NCAA Division II playoffs for just the second time in school history (2008). It’s also just the fourth-ever nine win regular season for Wildcat football (1949, 1993 and 2008).

Five Wildcats received NSIC South Division All-Conference First Team honors – sophomore quarterback Nick Bohn, senior wide receiver Mason Lee, senior placekicker Alex Powders, senior defensive back J’Von France and sophomore linebacker Alex Kowalczyk. Four others collected Second Team honors – sophomore offensive lineman Jett Janssen, sophomore wide receiver Jadon Johnson, sophomore defensive lineman Jaxon Johnson and senior linebacker Jaylan Scott.

Masters, in his first season as head coach at Wayne State, led the Wildcats to a 9-2 regular season record and the school’s first-ever NSIC regular season title and second-ever playoff appearance.

Prosser, also in his first year on the Wildcat sidelines, coordinated the #3 rushing offense in the NSIC and led an offense that gained over 500 yards in four games this season.  The 2,154 yards rushing by WSC are the fourth-most in school history.

Bohn, a 6-1 200-pound sophomore quarterback from Bennington, was named First Team All-NSIC South Division Offense this season after named NSIC Newcomer of the Year and Second Team All-NSIC last year. This season, Bohn ranks second in the NSIC in total offense per game (257.5), tied for second in passing TD’s (18), fourth in passing yards per game (192.4) and 11th in rushing yard per game (65.1) to lead the Wildcat offense. He completed 146 of 242 passes (60.3%) for 2117 yards with 18 TD’s and six interceptions while rushing for another 716 yards (4.4 avg) and seven TD’s. Bohn was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week November 7th after accounting for four touchdowns and 280 yards of total offense in leading the Wildcats to their first-ever win over USF in 10 career meetings.

Lee, a 6-2 190-pound senior wide receiver from Wayne, is a First Team All-NSIC South Division Offense selection after recording 31 catches for 542 yards and four TD’s this season. He has caught at least one pass in 23 straight games and 39 of his last 40 dating back to his freshman season. Lee had a career-best 130 yards receiving at Minot State (9/17/22) and had a season-best six catches for 93 yards and a TD at #25 Sioux Falls (11/5/22).

Powders, a 5-10 180-pound senior placekicker from Council Bluffs, Iowa, is a repeat All-NSIC South Division First Team selection at kicker. This season Powders made 12 of 14 field goals and was 40-41 on PAT kicks to rank second in the NSIC in PAT kicks, third in field goals made and fifth in kicker scoring. He made a school record 52-yard field goal at #24 Augustana and was 4-4 on field goals that game to become just the third player in school history to make four field goals in one game.

France, a 6-0 180-pound senior defensive back from Tarpon Springs, Florida, was named All-NSIC South Division First Team on defense after collecting Second Team honors last season. This season he ranked fifth on the Wildcat defense in total tackles (41) with 4.5 tackles for loss. France tied for fourth in the NSIC this season with 12 passes defended and was tied for seventh in the league with three interceptions to go with one forced fumble.

Kowalczyk, a 5-11 210-pound sophomore linebacker from Sioux Falls, S.D., earned All-NSIC South Division First Team honors this season after being named Second Team last year. He led the Wildcat defense and ranked fourth in the NSIC this season with 95 total tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.  Kowalczyk also tied for seventh in the NSIC with three interceptions. He was named NSIC Defensive Player of the Week twice this season, highlighted by a career-best 18 tackles in a 41-33 win over Minnesota State October 8th. Kowalczyk had four games this season with 10 or more tackles.

Janssen, a 6-4 270-pound sophomore offensive lineman from Lincoln, earned All-NSIC South Division Second Team Offense honors. He started all 11 games at left tackle for the second straight season for the Wildcats. He anchored an offensive line that blocked for the third-ranked rushing offense in the NSIC this season and fourth-ranked overall offense in the league.

Jadon Johnson, a 6-1 195-pound sophomore wide receiver from Lake Charles, La, was a All-NSIC South Division Second Team selection on offense after leading the Wildcats in receiving this season with 34 catches for 630 yards and five TD’s. He caught at least one pass in every game this season, highlighted by a season-best 12 receptions for 128 yards at #24 Augustana October 15th. Johnson ranked eighth in the NSIC this season in receiving yards per game (57.3) and was second in the league in yards per catch (18.5).

Jaxon Johnson, a 6-4 245-pound sophomore defensive lineman from Bancroft, earned All-NSIC South Division Second Team honors on defense this season. He tied for the league lead in fumble recoveries (2) and tied for eighth in sacks with five for 30 yards. Johnson had 33 total tackles this season including nine for loss and one interception. He had a season-best seven tackles with a fumble recovery and tackle for loss vs. MSU Moorhead November 12th.

Scott, a 6-2 215-pound senior linebacker from Muncie, Indiana, received All-NSIC South Division Second Team honors on defense after ranking third on the Wildcat defense this season with 57 tackles. He was credited with nine tackles for loss with four sacks and recorded one interception, one fumble recovery with one forced fumble. Scott had season-highs of eight tackles with one sack vs. Northern State (9/10/22) and at #24 Augustana (10/8/22).

Wayne State College, 9-2 and ranked #23 in this week’s D2Football.com Top 25 Media Poll (receiving votes just outside the AFCA Top 25 Coaches Poll), visits #19 (AFCA) and #13 (D2Football.com) Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday, November 19 at 12 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs in Mankato, Minnesota. The two teams met in the regular season in Wayne on October 8 during homecoming  with the Wildcats prevailing 41-33.