Geer, Damron among top Colorado college tight ends

The two best Colorado college football tight ends are either from Grand Junction or played for Mesa State.

University of Colorado tight end Riar Geer, a Fruita Monument High School graduate, and Mesa State’s Seth Damron made the 2009 National Football Foundation-Colorado Chapter (NFFCC) team. Geer was a unanimous first-team selection. Damron made the second team.

Geer was joined on the first team by Air Force Academy defensive lineman Ben Garland, a Central High School graduate, and Mesa State linebacker Bennett Newton.

The NFFCC team is selected by the sports information directors from the 10 institutions in Colorado (Division I and II). The 10 Colorado Institutions are: Adams State, Air Force Academy, Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State, Colorado State-Pueblo, Fort Lewis, Mesa State, Northern Colorado and Western State.

CU led all teams with 12 selections to the All-Colorado team, followed by Colorado Mines with 11 and Air Force with 10. At least one member from eight of the 10 schools was represented on this year’s team.

Mines’ Adam Saur and Marc Schiechl were chosen the NFFCC offensive and defensive players of the year. Adams State freshman kicker David Van Voris is the special team player of the year and Air Force coach Troy Calhoun is the coach of the year.

Saur, a senior wide receiver, tied a Mines single-game record with 14 receptions and became CSM’s career leader in touchdown receptions (32). He established a new CSM individual single-season program record for touchdown receptions (15), and he led the RMAC in receiving yards (1,219), touchdowns (15), and receiving yards per game (110.8).

Schiechl, a junior defensive lineman, started all 11 games and was named to the AFCA NCAA Division II Coaches’ All-America Team, the Daktronics Super Region #3 First Team Defense, the RMAC Defensive Player of the Year, and he was a First Team All-RMAC selection. Schiechl is CSM’s all-time career leader in sacks (34.0).

Van Voris was the NCAA-II statistical champion in field goals per game (1.89). He made 17 of 21 (81.0 percent) throughout the year, playing in nine of 11 games. Van Voris broke a 30-year old school-record for field goals in a season.


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