Wedekind to play in All-American Bowl

Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 2:38 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 2:40 p.m. CDT

Brik Wedekind’s college football career isn’t quite over just yet.

The Monmouth College senior punter Brik Wedekind from Princeton has been selected to play in the College All-American Bowl in Minneapolis on Dec. 28. The game will be held at the Metrodome, home of the Minnesota Vikings, featuring players from all college divisions.

Wedekind was a two-time D3Football.com All-West Region performer and four-time All-Midwest Conference punter. This season, Wedekind was in the Top 10 nationally with an average of 41.2 yards per punt. He booted four punts more than 50 yards and landed 10 inside the 20-yard line.

He completed his career as the Scots’ record-holder for career punting average (40.2), and as a sophomore set the single-season record (42.6). As a freshman, he boomed an 81-yard punt – second longest all-time by a Scot.

The exercise science major is the son of Kelley Fisher and Rodney Wedekind of Princeton.

Founded in 1996, the All-American Bowl features athletes who have been nominated for the competition based on their career accomplishments. Many of the participants of previous All-American Bowls have gone on to play professional football.

• Michael Weidner, a senior from Wyanet, played his last game with the North Central College football team. The Cardinals advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Football Championship for the first time, losing a 41-40 decision to the No. 1-ranked and defending national champion University of Mount Union.

The former BCR Player of the Year from Bureau Valley played in all 14 games for NCC at linebacker, including one start. He totaled 34 tackles (20 solo), including 2.5 tackles for loss and two pass breakups. He blocked a punt in first-round playoff win over Albion and achieved a season high of seven tackles on two occasions.

The Cardinals went 13-1, winning the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Championship for the eighth straight year with a 7-0 in-conference record.

• Landon Piccatto, a freshman from Hall High School, was awarded JV offensive player of the year for the Illinois Wesleyan University football team.

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