Six Titans Gain All-Region First Team Honors
UW-Oshkosh owned four of the 11 players on the first-team offense as nine Titans appeared on the D3football.com All-West Region Team.
Nate Wara (Sr. • Oshkosh) received Offensive Player of the Year and Pat Cerroni was named Coach of the Year. This is the first time that a Titan received either award.
Joining Wara on the first team were running back Cole Myhra (Jr. • Menomonee Falls), receiver Caleb Voss (Jr. • Van Dyne) and tackle Brandon Peter (Sr. • Allenton). UW-Oshkosh placed linebacker Taylor Goodman (Sr. • South Wayne) and cornerback Tim Filter (Sr. • New Berlin) on the defensive squad for a total of six selections. Prior to this season, UW-Oshkosh had just two players named to the All-Region First Team (Andy Moriarty & James Taraboi).
So far in 2012, Wara set school records with 3,784 total yards and 38 touchdowns. He has 3,045 passing yards while completing 66 percent of his throws, along with 739 yards rushing. In the season opener against Central College (Iowa), Wara compiled 275 passing yards, 118 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He threw for 369 yards and four scores as the Titans won at La Crosse for the first time in 45 years.
Both Myhra and Voss broke season standards for UW-Oshkosh. Myhra found the end zone 19 times, while Voss posted 1,234 receiving yards. On the year, Myhra owns 1,571 yards rushing (fourth in the nation) and 382 receiving. Voss has 13 touchdowns and an average of 20.2 yards per catch.
Filter is tied for the NCAA Division III lead with eight interceptions. He also boasts 40 tackles, five pass breakups and one forced fumble. Earlier this season, Filter posted an interception in six straight games.
Goodman leads UW-Oshkosh with 97 tackles (50 solo) and three forced fumbles. He also totaled 5.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. During a victory over UW-Platteville, Goodman notched 13 tackles, one sack and an interception.
While Peter made the first team, fellow lineman Ben Strehlow (Sr. • Brandon) was voted to the second team. The Titan offense scored 40+ points six times and surpassed 600 yards four times thanks to strong play up front. UW-Oshkosh rushed for 442 yards against UW-Eau Claire and 413 against The College of St. Scholastica (Minn.).
Defensive end Andrew Thompson (Sr. • Greendale) was the other Titan receiving second-team status. Thompson ranks second in the WIAC with six sacks. He also booked 47 tackles, including 18 solo and 10 for a loss.
Other WIAC players named to the All-West First Team were UW-Whitewater defensive lineman Jake Hohlstein and UW-La Crosse punter Christian Hallingstad.
Linfield College LB Dom Forrest was selected the West Region Defensive Player of the Year.