Jablonski tabbed honorary captain; nine Bulldogs recognized on OWH All-Midlands Team

By Jacob Knabel on Dec. 24, 2023 in Football

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SEWARD, Neb. – Prestigious awards keep coming the way of dynamic receiver Austin Jablonski. On Sunday (Dec. 24), the Omaha World-Herald announced Jablonski as its offensive honorary captain of the 2023 All-Midlands Football Team. Jablonski was one of nine Bulldogs to receive mention from the World-Herald. Other Concordia players to be named to the primary 26-man All-Midlands Team were quarterback DJ McGarvie, running back Devin Zeigler, offensive lineman Tyler Walford, defensive lineman Kyle Sterup and linebacker Michael Grindey.

Three Bulldogs were chosen to the honorable mention All-Midlands Team list: defensive lineman Carson Fehlhafer, Devon Polley and Blake Schlegel. The Omaha World-Herald annually releases its All-Midlands teams to recognize the top players from small colleges across the state of Nebraska. The full 2023 All-Midlands squad can be found below.

2023 Concordia All-Midlands Honorees

Austin Jablonski, WR (Honorary Captain)
2023 – 91 catches, 1,134 yards (school record), 11 total TDs, 1,608 all-purpose yards; NAIA First Team All-American (AFCA); First Team All-GPAC.

Michael Grindey, LB
2023 – 89 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 2 interceptions; Second Team All-GPAC.

DJ McGarvie, QB
2023 – 210/368 (.571), 2,642 yards (school record), 17 TD, 10 INT; Second Team All-GPAC.

Kyle Sterup, DL
2023 – 69 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles; First Team All-GPAC.

Tyler Walford, OL
2023 – Started all 10 games at guard; Second Team All-GPAC.

Devin Zeigler, RB
2023 – 201 carries, 795 yards, 11 TDs; Second Team All-GPAC.

Carson Fehlhafer, DL (HM)
2023 – 45 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble; Honorable Mention All-GPAC.

Devon Polley, DL (HM)
2023 – 46 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble; Honorable Mention All-GPAC.

Blake Schlegel, OL
2023 – Started all 10 games at tackle; Honorable Mention All-GPAC.

2023 NAIA All-Midlands Team (Omaha World-Herald)

View the All-Midlands team HERE.


QB: DJ McGarvie, Concordia

RB: Keyon Henry-Brooks, Peru State

RB: Devin Zeigler, Concordia

* WR: Austin Jablonski, Concordia

WR: Cole Siems, Nebraska Wesleyan

TE: Buddy Belcher, Peru State

OL: David Garcia, Doane

OL: Tad Naiberk, Nebraska Wesleyan

OL: Callan Phillips, Midland

OL: Gunnar Vanek, Midland

OL: Tyler Walford, Concordia


* DL: Devin Adams, Peru State

DL: Laython Shaw, Hastings

DL: Kyle Sterup, Concordia

DL: Harrison Udeh, Hastings

LB: Jarrett Boggs, Doane

LB: Xavier Green, Midland

LB: Michael Grindey, Concordia

LB: Arjee Mack-Myers, Hastings

DB: Marcus Dustin, Hastings

DB: Duke McClinton, Peru State

DB: Ashley Thompson, Peru State

K: Jared Quinonez, Midland

P: Kelen Meyer, Doane

KR: Tyson Denkert, Midland

PR: Jordan Kempf, Peru State

* = Honorary Captain

Honorable mention

Concordia: Carson Fehlhafer, Devon Polley, Blake Schlegel. Doane: Ty Martinsen, Caleb Schnell. Hastings: Eli Nappe, Jayden Roberts, Brett Simonsen, Ethan Wilborn. Midland: Kalynd Coats, Treden Davis-Reed, Tray Kingsland. Nebraska Wesleyan: Nathan Athouris, Max Brinker, Carter Terry. Peru State: Amahd Baker, Kile Bentley, Kaleb Herbel, Colin Shields, Zahir Washington.