(STATS) - A day after becoming the fourth player in Pioneer Football League history to be named defensive player of the year in consecutive seasons, Stetson junior safety Donald Payne earned first-team honors for the third straight time Tuesday.
He is joined on the first team by Morehead State junior quarterback Austin Gahafer, named the PFL offensive player of the year Monday. Payne and Morehead State senior defensive back Justin Grier were the only unanimous selections.
Seven players earned their second consecutive first-team selections, while Drake fifth-year linebacker John Hugunin and Dayton senior kicker William Will returned to the first team after also earning the honor in 2013.
PFL co-champion Dayton led the way with eight first-team selections.
PIONEER FOOTBALL LEAGUE FIRST TEAM=
QB Austin Gahafer, Morehead State
WR Justin Cornwall, Morehead State
WR Andy Jones, Jacksonville
TE Eric Saubert, Drake
OL Jack Beck, Drake
OL Pono Keni, San Diego
OL Zac Morgan, Dayton
OL Jeff Starr, San Diego
OL Jimmy Vogel, Dayton
DL Ugonna Awuruonye, Campbell
DL Mack Marrin, Drake
DL Greg Milhouse Jr., Campbell
LB Christopher Beaschler, Dayton
LB John Hugunin, Drake
LB Grady Redding, Jacksonville
DB Justin Grier, Morehead State
DB Donald Payne, Stetson
DB Christian Searles, Dayton
DB Cameron Stubbs, Dayton
P Sean Smith, Dayton
PK William Will, Dayton
RS Christian Searles, Dayton
LS Jakey Dunagan, Morehead State