UW-L QB Helterbrand named WIAC offensive player of year, as team earns multiple honors
The accolades of the fourth-ranked UW-La Crosse football team’s undefeated conference season were widespread on Thursday, as the conference announced postseason awards.
Senior quarterback Keyser Helterbrand was named WIAC offensive player of the year. Helterbrand has thrown for 24 touchdowns to just five interceptions, and 2,188 yards.
For the second consecutive season, UW-L coach Matt Janus was named coach of the year. Janus has led the Eagles to back to back conference titles — an outright championship this season — three consecutive playoff appearances and a 27-6 overall record.
Named first team All-WIAC was Helterbrand, offensive lineman Mike Bertoia, wide receiver Jack Studer, defensive end Jack Kelly, linebacker Tanner Newlin, and kicker Michael Stack.
Second team All-WIAC honors went to offensive lineman Noah Coleman and Levi Liedke, and defensive back Tate Pitcher.
Members of the Honorable mention team included wide receiver Ryan Bartol, tight end Marko Rajkovic, defensive lineman Nate Hietpas, cornerback Aaron Schmitz, and punter Ryan Krueger.
The Eagles will open up the DIII playoffs at home on Saturday at noon against Minnesota-Morris.