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Andre Jefferson and Xavier Jennings
Andre Jefferson (L) and Xavier Jennings (R) earn All-American honors from Don Hansen.
photos courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Pair of Lenoir-Rhyne Football Players Earn Don Hansen All-American Honors

The Don Hansen Football Committee has released the 2022 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team. Lenoir-Rhyne’s Andre Jefferson and Xavier Jennings were both named to the honorable mention team.

Jefferson broke the single-game sack record with 5.5 sacks against Tusculum on his way to a 13-sack season for the redshirt sophomore. He finished the year with 53 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and was SAC Defensive Player of the Week against Tusculum.

Jefferson adds to his post season accolades as he was also named first team all-conference, all-super region two second team honors from the Division 2 Conference Commissioner’s Association and to the American Football Coaches Association All-American Second Team and was named to the D2Football.com Elite 100 list.

Jennings has started every game at left tackle since arriving on campus in the COVID 2020-21 season and anchored a strong offensive line that went three straight games without allowing a QB sack. Jennings was also named to the first team all conference in the Piedmont Division.

The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988.