Aug 8, 2012 at 9:14 am
Burnsville, MN (SCSU) - St. Cloud State's Phillip Klaphake (Princeton) and Marvin Matthews (Roseville) are the 2012 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Offensive and Defensive Football Players of the Year, as selected by the league coaches.
St. Cloud State, the 2011 NSIC Co-Champion has been picked to finish second in the overall league standings and second in the NSIC North behind Minnesota Duluth, the team the Huskies tied for the 2011 title.
The Huskies posted a 9-3 overall record in 2011 and shared the overall NSIC crown with an 8-2 record and the NSIC North title with a 5-1 mark. St. Cloud State returns 15 starters from a year ago.
Klaphake is a 2011 First Team All-NSIC quarterback and Academic All-NSIC Team member. For a second straight year Klaphake will captain the Huskies. He has quarterbacked St. Cloud State to back to back NCAA Division II Football playoff appearances and the 2011 NSIC Co-Championship. In two seasons, he has passed for over 4,000 yards and rushed for over 1,000 career yards. He ranks fourth on SCSU's all-time passing chart with 4,953 career yards. He ranks 21st in career rushing with 1,209 yards and is third in all-purpose yardage with 6,162 yards.
Matthews is a three-year starter at defensive back for the Huskies. He is a 2011 First Team All-NSIC honoree. In 2011 he led the Huskies in solo stops with 46 and ranked second on the team in total tackles with 70. He notched a team high three interceptions during the season. He recorded a season high ten tackles against Bemidji State on Nov. 5. He was an Honorable Mention All-NSIC team pick in 2010.
Scott Underwood, the 2011 NSIC Coach of the Year enters his fifth season as head coach of the Huskies this fall. In four seasons has posted a 33-14 career record with the Huskies.
St. Cloud State will get the 2012 season underway in an Aug. 30 home opener at Husky Stadium against NSIC newcomer University of Sioux Falls. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kick-off.
The Husky football team reports to campus this Friday, Aug. 10 for the opening day of fall camp. The first official practice is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 at Husky Stadium.