ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Rockford University football program had seven players recognized by the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference on Friday morning when the NACC released its 2019 all-conference teams. Wide receiver Kalan Miller and linebacker Jallen Bashford highlighted the group with their Second Team All-NACC selections, while LaVar Johnson Jr., Adam Ambrogio, Gerardo Zamudio, Jermaine Johnson and Joey Owens all received NACC Honorable Mention status. This marks the second time in the past three seasons that Rockford has had seven players earn postseason recognition from the NACC.
Senior wide receiver Kalan Miller was voted Second Team All-NACC for the first time in his career. Miller capped off his collegiate career with his best year as a Regent. He set career-highs in receptions (45), receiving yards (597) and receiving touchdowns (8). Miller's 45 receptions are tied for fifth most in a season in program history, while his eight receiving touchdowns rank fourth all-time in a season. Miller was also in the top six in all three categories in the NACC, ranking fourth in both receptions and receiving touchdown and sixth in receiving yards. His outstanding senior year helped cement him as one of the top pass catchers in school history. Miller currently sits as the program's all-time leader in receiving yards (1,726), is tied for second all-time in receiving touchdowns (18) and is third all-time in receptions (113).
Junior linebacker Jallen Bashford also received Second Team All-NACC recognition for the first time in his career. Bashford demolished both the school and NACC single-season total tackles records (149) and also tied the RU single-game tackles record (19) on three separate occasions. Additionally, he is currently the NCAA Division III leader averaging 14.9 tackles per game this season. Through three years, Bashford is now third in school history with 303 total tackles and is just 51 behind the all-time leader. Bashford also ranked in the top ten in the NACC in two additional categories. He finished the regular season fourth in the conference in fumble recoveries (2) and ninth in interceptions (2).
Senior running back LaVar Johnson Jr. was named NACC Honorable Mention. Johnson finished in the top ten in the NACC in a trio of categories. He ranked third in rushing touchdowns (10), fifth in rushing attempts (163) and eighth in rushing yards (725). All three of those totals also rank in the top ten in school history for a single season. For his career, Johnson is now third all-time in rushing touchdowns (19), fourth all-time in rushing yards (1,623) and fifth all-time in rushing attempts (339).
Senior tight end Adam Ambrogio earned his third postseason award from the NACC after being named NACC Honorable Mention. Ambrogio was once again one of the top tight ends in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. He finished the year with 24 receptions for 283 yards and four touchdowns. At the conclusion of his collegiate career, Ambrogio ranks sixth in school history in receiving touchdowns (12) and tenth in receptions (80).
Freshman punter and kicker Gerardo Zamudio was also named NACC Honorable Mention. Zamudio led the NACC in three different punting categories. He finished the year with a NACC best 35.5 yards per punt, 14 punts inside the 20-yard line and 56 total punts. His 35.5 yards per punt was also sixth best in program history. As a kicker, Zamudio connected on 19 extra points and one field goal, for a total of 22 points.
Sophomore wide receiver Joey Owens was selected NACC Honorable Mention. Owens made a splash in his first full season as a starting wide receiver. He finished the regular season fourth in the NACC in both receiving yards (636) and receptions (45), while adding a pair of receiving touchdowns. Additionally, Owens' 45 receptions are tied for fifth most in a season in school history and his 636 receiving yards are sixth all-time in a season.
Freshman Jermaine Johnson received NACC Honorable Mention status as a returner. Johnson led the NACC with 456 kick return yards and was second averaging 24.0 yards per kick return. In addition to his return duties, Johnson also played a key role on the RU defense down the stretch run of the season. Over the Regents' final three games, Johnson tallied 11 total tackles, two interceptions and one pass breakup.