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First Team Accolades Pile Up for Cole Manhart

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10th Loper to Make A.P. Squad

Kearney, Neb. – The awards keep coming for Nebraska-Kearney junior left tackle Cole Manhart as he was named today to the Associated Press Little All-American team.

The A.P. Little All-American team dates back to the early 1930's and includes players from NCAA Division II and III schools, as well as NAIA institutions

Manhart (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) was chosen to the A.P.'s first-team offense. He already had been tabbed a first-team All-American by the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association).

The 10th Loper to be named an A.P. Little All-American and the fourth to make the first-team, Manhart (ThunderRidge H.S.) is joined on the offensive line by Division II players Matt Armstrong (Grand Valley State, Mich.), Brian Clarke (Bloomsburg, Pa.) and Cody Carlson (NW Missouri State), as well as Division III's Armand Jenifer (Johns Hopkins, Md.).

The other MIAA players on the first-team were defensive end Matt Longacre (NW Missouri State), linebacker Nate Dreiling (Pittsburg State) and corner Pierre Desir (Lindenwood).

The only unanimous first-team All-MIAA player this fall, Manhart (6-6, 300 lbs.) blocked for a ground game that ranked sixth in the conference in rushing offense at 203.7 yards per game. He also was an "H" back in UNK's hammer package, which was unveiled in the fifth contest of the season, a 56-6 win over Lindenwood.
Off the field, he maintains a 3.51 cumulative GPA as a Criminal Justice major. Finally, Manhart (ThunderRidge H.S.) was one of UNK's team co-captains this season.

Courtesy UNK Sports Information

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