NEW ULM – Martin Luther College’s football program on Thursday received 16 All-Conference honors from the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC), including nine All-UMAC top picks.
Carson Oestreich, Carrington Cunningham, Andrew Owczarzak, Adam Arrowsmith, Abel Bain, Noah Nordlie, Ben Riegsecker, Ben Arndt and Aiden Holien have each been named First Team All-UMAC. Joshuah Kren, Mason Cox, Mike Radue, Cole Broekhuizen and Jon Holtz were each named All-UMAC second team, while Holien also received two separate second team nods as a punt and kick return. foot.
Oestreich set a single-season MLC record with 234 runs this season, which he turned into the second-highest single-season precipitation total in program history (1,113 yards) despite not having played only nine games. His 123.7 rushing yardage per game was the second-highest in program history, and he also added three receptions for 95 yards this season. In just 13 college games, Oestreich recorded 1,381 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
Cunningham and Owczarzak each won their third All-UMAC honor. Cunningham was previously named First Team All-UMAC in 2018 and 2019, while Owczarzak was named in first team in 2019 and second team in 2018. The two five-year-old starters from the right side of the offensive line helped lead the way to 2,182 rushing yards this season and over 12,000 rushing yards in their careers.
Six MLC defensemen were named First Team All-UMAC after allowing a league record 11 points per game.
Seniors Arrowsmith and Bain earned their first All-UMAC recognition on the defensive front in 2021. Arrowsmith started all nine games on the right defensive wing and recorded 35 total tackles, three rushing quarterbacks and two breakthroughs, while that Bain started all nine games on defensive tackle. and recorded 22 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss.
Riegsecker led the team in tackles for the third time in his career with 55 from his inside linebacker, where he started all 35 games in his four-year career. Riegsecker previously won second-year second-team All-UMAC honors in 2019, and ended his career with 207 tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Nordlie won his first All-Conference honor in his second season as a starter with the outside linebacker. The senior was third on the team with 46.0 tackles but led the team with 4.0 tackles for a loss and 2.0 sacks. He’s also proven his covering skills with four career interceptions, including a record 100-yard intercept return in 2018.
Arndt won All-UMAC first-team honors for the second time (previously 2018) after finishing tied for the team lead with three interceptions. Arndt ended his career as a four-year starter tied for the school’s record with 14 career interceptions, and this season he returned one of those picks in a touchdown of 22 yards against Saint John’s on September 18.
Holien was named All-UMAC second team in 2019 as a cornerback, and this season took home All-UMAC first team honors as a safety / linebacker. After leading the Knights with three interceptions in just four games in the spring of 2021 in free safety, he finished second to the Knights with 47 tackles from his new position this fall, where he also recorded eight best pass breakouts to go with one. interception. He also won second-team All-UMAC honors as a returner, where he led the Knights in both punt returns (273) and punt return (243) yards.
Kren won his second All-UMAC honor in 2021 after battling injuries to end the season with 455 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 68 carries. The 2019 UMAC Offensive Player of the Year and All-UMAC First Team Selection finished his career fourth in program history with 2,341 rushing yards and the highest rushing average (6.88) of all runners in the history of the program. Threatened in the passing game throughout his career, Kren ended the 2021 campaign with 11 catches for 150 yards and two scores, and ended his career with 31 receptions for 872 yards and 11 scores.
Radue won his third All-UMAC honor this fall at the near end after leading the team with 23 receptions for 305 yards and five touchdowns. The five-year-old starter had previously been named First Team All-UMAC in second year in 2018, followed by a Second Team All-UMAC selection in 2019. Radue finished his career fifth in program history with 90 receptions in career for 1,129 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Cox capitalized on his first season on the grill in 2021, finishing second on the team in receptions (19) and receiving yards (297). Honorable mention to an All-UMAC selection for baseball in 2021, Cox entered the home stretch as wide receiver this fall, starting with a best game of the season against Minnesota Morris with six catches for 100 yards and a touch.
Broekhuizen joined Cunningham and Owczarzak in the All-Conference squad on the offensive line. A second-year left guard starter Broekhuizen has helped the Knights average 242.4 yards per game rushing this season.
Holtz started the season primarily as a special teams contributor, but the first-year defensive back gained some playing time during the season and ended it as a free starting safety. Holtz is tied for the lead with three interceptions to make with 26 tackles.
The MLC also received the Team Sportsmanship Award by conference, with Kenton Fabian named the recipient of the Knights Sportsmanship Award, which goes to a player from each team who best exemplifies the sportsmanship during the season.