Grinnell, IA – Highlighted by a pair of First Team repeat selections and another earning his third recognition, the Beloit College Football team placed four players on the 2015 All-Midwest Conference Football team.
Senior safety Antonio Jones and junior wide receiver Mike Nolden were both repeat First Team selections. Junior running back Mason Dixon was named to the team for the third time, the second as a Second Team honoree. Freshman offensive lineman Jake Karlicek earned Second Team recognition in his first collegiate season.
Jones, from Chicago, Illinois (John Hope College Prep) led the Bucs in tackles with 87 and interceptions with five. The 87 tackles were eighth-most in the MWC while the five interceptions were tied for fourth-most. He also had three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. A member of the d3football.com Team of the Week on October 6, he finished his career with 280 tackles, sixth-most in Beloit history, and 10 interceptions, tied for fifth-most in program history.
Nolden, from Belleville, Wisconsin, led the team in receiving with 63 catches for 841 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 10 touchdowns receptions were the second-most in the MWC and are the second-most in a season in Beloit history while the 63 catches were fifth in the Conference and are the third-most ever at Beloit. The 841 yards receiving were third in the MWC and is the fifth-most in a season at Beloit. For his career the MWC Offensive Player of the Week on September 21 has 133 receptions, fourth-most at Beloit, for 1,716 yards, fifth-most, and 21 touchdowns, the second-most ever.
Dixon, from Walworth, Wisconsin (Big Foot), earned Honorable Mention honors in his first season before being named Second Team the last two seasons. He recorded his third straight 1,000-yard season in 2015 with 1,138 on 207 carries with 12 TDs. The 1,138 yards led the Conference, an average of 126.4 yards per game. A member of the d3football.com Team of the Week on September 15 has accumulated 3,663 yards on 691 rushes for 31 touchdowns, all ranked third all-time in Beloit history. His 1,221 yards per season are ranked #1 all-time.
Karlicek, from Hickory Hills, Illinois (St. Laurence) helped anchor the offensive line in his first collegiate season. The Buccaneers averaged just under 400 yards per game in offense with 178 yards on the ground and 216 thru the air. The offense averaged a Beloit record 5.9 yards per play.
The Bucs finished 2015 3-7 overall, 1-4 in the MWC North Division.