GRANVILLE, Ohio-- Denison University landed a program-best four players on the 2019 D3football.com All-North Region teams. Senior running back Alex Minton and senior left tackle Frank Zoltan were named to the all-region first-team while junior placekicker Pat Kramer and senior defensive end Nate Keirn received second-team accolades.
After placing 16 players on the All-North Coast Athletic Conference squad, Denison's four selections were the most in the 15-year history of the D3football.com all-region teams. All four will have an opportunity to be named to the D3football.com All-American teams which will be announced on Dec. 20 prior to the Division III national championship game.
Already a Gagliardi Trophy semifinalist, Minton was named the NCAC's Offensive Player of the Year after winning his second-straight conference rushing title. Minton set a new Denison single-season record with 1,550 yards and ended the regular season ranked fourth in Division III in rushing yards, seventh in rushing touchdowns (18) and third in total touchdowns (21). He leaves Denison ranked third in career rushing yards with 3,919 and first in rushing touchdowns with 44. Minton rushed for over 200 yards in a game, four times and had 17 career 100-yard rushing games. He is the program's all-time leading score with 300 points while ranking second in all-purpose yards with 4,429. Minton is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team selection and is a candidate for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2019. Last season, Minton was named to the D3football All-North region, third-team.
Zoltan made his first appearance on the D3football all-region squad after receiving his second-straight first-team All-NCAC award. A three-year starter at left tackle, Zoltan protected the blind side of the 2018 Gagliardi Trophy semifinalist, Canaan Gebele, for two seasons along with the sophomore starter and All-NCAC standout Drew Dawkins in 2019. Zoltan played in 39 career games at Denison and helped the Big Red lead the NCAC in rushing with 2,335 yards and 4,378 yards of total offense.
Keirn was named to the all-region second-team after becoming Denison's first NCAC Defensive Player of the Year since 1986. He is a three-time all-conference player and two-time first-team selection that anchored the top defense in the NCAC. The Big Red allowed only 13.5 points per game and limited opponents to 80.9 rushing yards per game. Keirn shattered the program record for sacks, ending with 36 in 41 career games. He set a career-high with a conference-best 11.5 sacks in 2019 in addition to 18 tackles for loss.
Kramer garnered second-team accolades after posting one of the best kicking seasons in program history. Kramer led all NCAC kickers with 78 points. He was perfect 48-for-48 on extra points and was 10-of-13 on field goal attempts with a long of 42 yards. He is Denison's career leader in PAT's (141) and ranks fifth all-time in scoring with 213 points. He brings a streak of 71 consecutive extra points made into next season.
The Big Red finished the 2019 season with an 8-2 record, marking the program's third, eight-win season since 2016. Over the last four seasons, Denison has gone 31-10 with two NCAC Championships and one NCAA Division III playoff appearance in 2018.