Wayne State Football Closes Out Season With Sioux Falls, Two Receive All-District Region 4 Honors

Wayne State Football Closes Out Season With Sioux Falls, Two Receive All-District Region 4 Honors
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics

WAYNE – After finishing 3-8 last season, the Wayne State College football team already has one-win better and will look to close out their regular season this weekend.

WSC is 4-6 overall (2-4 South) and will host the University of Sioux Falls Cougars on Saturday, November 16 at 1 p.m. USF is 7-3 on the season (3-3 Division).

The past two weeks saw Wayne State lose at then #3 Minnesota State-Mankato (7-62) while winning last weekend over Upper Iowa (62-0). The Cougars lost to the Mavericks 42-39 on November 9.

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Earlier in the week, seniors Kolbie Foster and Ethan Knudson were named to the 2019 Academic All-District Football Super Region 4 First Team selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). The team recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

Foster, a 6-4 220-pound senior defensive end from Omaha (Omaha Central HS), is a repeat winner of the award and maintains a 3.82 grade point average majoring in family consumer science and fashion merchandising. On the field this year, Foster has been limited to six games due to injury and has recorded 17 tackles with three tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks for seven yards and two quarterback hurries.

Last season, Foster earned All-NSIC South Division Honorable Mention accolades after finishing third on the team in tackles with 52 that included 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He went on to be named Google Cloud Academic All-American Second Team with a 3.77 GPA.

Knudson, a 6-3, 185-pounder from Harlan, Iowa (Harlan HS), carries a 3.92 grade point average majoring in industrial technology and construction management. On the field this season, Knudson is 12-14 on field goals and 25-26 on PAT kicks for the Wildcats. He was named NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week Monday after becoming Wayne State’s all-time leader in field goals made last Saturday going 2 for 2 in a 62-0 win over Upper Iowa.

Knudson has made 38 of 49 field goals in his Wildcat career, surpassing the previous school mark of 36 field goals by Nick Hope )36-50) from 2006-09. He is tied with Minnesota State’s Luke Williams for the fewest missed kicks this season in the NSIC (three).

First Team Academic All-District selections now advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot with All-America honorees to be announced in early December.