ROCKFORD, Ill. - Seven Rockford University football players received postseason recognition from the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference on Monday morning when the NACC released its 2017 all-conference awards. Running back Chance Manning (Durand, Ill.), offensive lineman Austin Miller (Washington, Ill.), tight end Adam Ambrogio (Rockford, Ill.) and punter Alexis Guteirrez (Amboy, Ill.) were each First Team All-NACC selections, while offensive lineman Brandon Bothem (Roscoe, Ill.), defensive lineman Jacob Cremeens (Roscoe, Ill.) and defensive back Dylan Peterson (Reynolds, Ill.) received NACC Honorable Mention status. Rockford's four First Team All-NACC selections are the most in program history, and its seven overall selections are tied for the most in program history.
Junior running back Chance Manning earned First Team All-NACC status for the second straight season. Manning led the Regents and was fourth in the NACC with 669 yards rushing and 1 score, despite playing in just 8 games this season. The junior finished the year third in the conference averaging 83.6 yards rushing per game, while his 5.6 yards per carry ranked fifth in the NACC. Through three seasons, Manning is already the second all-time leading rusher in school history with 2,313 yards and is just 964 yards away from breaking Marcus Howard's career rushing record of 3,276 yards.
Senior offensive lineman Austin Miller saved his best season for last, earning his first ever First Team All-NACC selection. Miller anchored a Rockford offensive line that produced 1,819 yards rushing in just 9 games, which is the sixth highest single-season total in school history. The line was equally as impressive in pass protection as the Regents allowed a NACC low 9 sacks.
Sophomore tight end Adam Ambrogio burst onto the scene this year to earn First Team All-NACC honors despite playing in only 6 games. Ambrogio led all Rockford receivers with 22 receptions for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns. The sophomore was especially effective in the Regents' NACC win over Concordia Chicago when he caught 3 passes for 35 yards including a pair of touchdowns.
Freshman punter Alexis Guteirrez kicked off his collegiate career with Rockford's first ever First Team All-NACC punter selection. Guteirrez led the NACC and set the RU single-season record averaging 41.2 yards per punt. He also did an excellent job pinning the opponent deep in its own territory as he led the NACC by placing 16 of his 43 punts inside the 20-yard line. Additionally, Guteirrez showed off his strong leg by bombing 10 punts of at least 50 yards, including 3 that traveled at least 60 yards.
Sophomore defensive lineman Jacob Cremeens earned NACC postseason recognition for the second time in as many years after being named NACC Honorable Mention for the 2017 season. Cremeens finished the year with 49 tackles in 8 games including 3 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
Sophomore offensive lineman Brandon Bothem was named NACC Honorable Mention for the second straight season. Bothem blocked on an offensive line that produced 1,819 yards rushing in just 9 games, which is the sixth highest single-season total in school history. The line was equally as impressive in pass protection as the Regents allowed a NACC low 9 sacks.
Sophomore Dylan Peterson earned his first ever NACC postseason recognition when he was selected NACC Honorable Mention. Peterson had a career year for the Regents in his first full season on defense. The sophomore finished with a career-high 61 tackles including 36 solo tackles. He also led the team with 2 fumble recoveries, tied for the team-high with 2 interceptions and forced a fumble.