2012 All-Journal Offense
Jordan Anderson, St. Mary's, Sr., QB
Anderson was the 2011 All-Journal Offensive Player of the Year and also was a two-time All-Southern Minnesota Conference Offensive Player of the Year. This year he led the Knights to a 10-1 record and a second straight trip to the state tournament. Anderson passed for 2,585 yards, 26 touchdowns and was picked off only seven times in 265 passing attempts.
He was also a threat when he didn't throw, rushing for 959 yards and 12 touchdowns. For his career, Anderson holds the school record for rushing yards (2,024) and rushing touchdowns (26). He also has the school record for career passing yards (6,057) and career passing touchdowns (58).
His 26 passing touchdowns this year was also a record at St. Mary's.
Adam Schnobrich, Cathedral, Sr., RB
Schnobrich was an All-Southern Minnesota Conference selection this year, leading the Greyhounds with 26 rushing touchdowns this year. His 28 total touchdowns this year were a school record. He rushed for 1,414 yards (7.2 yards per carry) and had 1,874 all-purpose yards. For his career, he had 32 total touchdowns, 1,929 yards rushing (7.8 average) and 2,541 all-purpose yards.
Dalton Elliott, Nicollet, So., QB
Elliott was named to the All-Conference team in the Southern Confederacy Conference. He passed for 2,704 yards and 32 touchdowns this year and also rushed for 876 yards and seven touchdowns. For his career, he has passed for 3,477 yards and 42 touchdowns.
Sean Mathiowetz, St. Mary's, Sr., WR
Mathiowetz was an All-Southern Minnesota Conference selection and led the Knights with 1,075 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns. His play on both sides of the ball was big and he helped lead the team to its second straight trip to the state tournament. He had 2,506 career receiving yards and 24 career receiving touchdowns, both school records. He also has the school record for career interceptions with 12.
Adam Cooling, Madelia, Sr., QB
Cooling led the Blackhawks with 1,215 yards rushing on 152 carries. He passed for 2,106 yards and 13 touchdowns and also rushed for 18 touchdowns.
Sibley East, Jr., RB
Danielson was the Wolverines' most dangerous weapon on offense this season, leading the team's run-heavy offense with 1,375 rushing yards on 168 attempts and 12 rushing touchdowns. He also earned four interceptions on defense. He was a big reason that the Wolverines made the state tournament for the first time in modern program history.
Evan Guffey, Nicollet,
Guffey finished the season at Nicollet with 1,520 yards receiving, 19 touchdowns and helped the Raiders to a 10-1 record. He was named to the Associated Press All-State Second Team and to the All-Southern Confederacy Conference team.
He finished his career with 2,400 yards receiving, 35 touchdowns and helped lead the Raiders to a 39-7 record and three state tournament trips.
Tyler Bates, Sibley East, Sr., TE
Bates was a talented receiver not only due to his height advantage over most defenders, but also due to his ability to grab the ball in tight coverage, reeling in almost all throws within reach of his fingertips.
He was the Wolverines' primary receiving option, gaining a total of 661 yards on 40 receptions with 11 touchdowns. His season highlights include a 91-yard performance against Caledonia in the Class AA state tournament quarterfinals.
Brady Kerkhoff, CM/C, Jr., RB
Kerkhoff had 92 rushes for 433 yards and four touchdowns and 27 receptions for 357 yards and five touchdowns. Also dangerous as a kick returner, he had 16 returns for 603 yards and five touchdowns. His five touchdowns on kickoff returns broke the MSHSL record for kick return touchdowns in a season and in a career.
Cordell Bates, Sibley East, Jr., OL
Sibley East was a run-heavy offense this season, and Bates' blocking ability was a big reason that the Wolverines were able to use their run game to put together a 9-2 season, the program's most successful season in recent history. Bates paved the way for the Wolverines to earn 3,338 rushing yards and 35 rushing touchdowns this season.
Mitch Neid, St. Mary's, Sr., RB
Neid finished the season as an All-Southern Minnesota Conference selection. He rushed for 644 yards and 13 touchdowns and helped lead the Knights to the state tournament for the second year in a row.