Deese Named To Football Gazette All-Region Team
BROOKFIELD, Ill. – UNCP senior linebacker Adam Deese added another line to his growing list of postseason awards on Friday morning as the Laurinburg native was named to the 2010 Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Super Region Two Team, the publication announced.
National quarterfinalist Albany State University of the SIAC led the way with seven honorees. The University of North Alabama had six honorees, as did Tusculum College and Wingate University. National runner-up Delta State University from the GSC had five along with Carson-Newman College, Valdosta State University, and Mars Hill College. A total of 104 players earned some form of Don Hansen All-Super Region Two honors. Players from 31 of the 33 football-playing schools in Super Region Two earned All-Region accolades.
The first-team and second-team All-Region selections advance to a national ballot from which the 2010 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America Team will be named later this month.
A regular starter in the linebacker corps for UNCP, Deese led the Braves with 86 tackles (39 solo), including 6-1/2 tackles for loss (-13 yards). In addition to his tackle numbers, he also forced three fumbles, recovered two others and turned in an interception as well. He was also responsible for two defensive touchdowns on the season – the first of which was a 43-yard interception return for a score in a dominating victory over Carson-Newman, and the latter coming in the form of an 81-yard fumble recovery and ensuing score against Concord.
He is the only player to have played in all 42 games over his career in Pembroke and registered a program-best 245 career tackles. He currently holds seven school defensive records including five career marks, as well as the single season benchmark for forced fumbles (3) and fumbles recovered (3). Deese is also UNCP's career leader in total tackles (245), solo tackles (125), assisted tackles (120), forced fumbles (7) and fumbles recovered (8). He also holds UNCP's individual record for defensive touchdowns, scoring on both an interception and a fumble recovery in 2010.
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.