BURNSVILLE, Minn. – News spread on Wednesday that linebacker Rocco DeLorenzo (Arvada, Colo.) was named to the Daktronics NCAA All-Super Region Three First Team., following a senior season in which he led the Grizzlies nationally-rated defense and ranked second in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) with 107 tackles.Sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., the team is voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) from Super Region #3, made up of institutions form the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) and RMAC.
First team all-region honorees become eligible for Daktronics, Inc. Division II Football All-American selection, the announcement of which is expected on December 13th, preceding the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 17th in Florence, Ala.
DeLorenzo, a second team all-region selection as a junior in 2010, was a preseason all-American pick by both the Consensus Draft Services (CDS) and Collegiate Developmental Football League (CDFL) prior to the start of this season.
He was previously tabbed as a First Team All-RMAC selection this season for the second time in as many years.
This season was the second in which DeLorenzo has led the Adams State defense in tackles. His 107 this season are the seventh most in a single season in ASC Division II-era (1992-present) available history, and tied him for 27th in Division II. He also ended his Grizzly career this season with 300 tackles, a total good for third on the career list.
The quarterback of the Grizzly defense, his 13.0 tackles for loss ranked ninth in the RMAC, and his 4.0 sacks ranked second on the ASC defense which ranked second league with 30 this season.
Behind DeLorenzo’s lead, ASC ranked 15th in Division II in total defense this season, allowing just 291.73 yards per game.
The Grizzlies also ranked 15th nationally in tackles for loss with 94.0 (8.55 per game), and 26th in sacks with 29.0 (2.64 per game).
The Grizzlies ended their season with their 10th straight victory in the Colorado Classic over rival Western State, 49-10, on Nov. 12.
The win gave ASC a 6-5 overall record and their first winning season since 2006, while going 4-5 in league play. Adams State finished the season in fifth place in the RMAC standings, a position they have earned in four straight seasons.