2012 All-Journal Defense
Lance Briard, Springfield, Sr., NG
Briard was named the 2012 Southern Minnesota Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He helped anchor the Springfield defense and he finished the season with 143 tackles, 16 sacks, 30 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles this season.
Ben White, Sibley East, Jr., LB
White was among the most dominant tacklers in the area, racking up 73 solo tackles, 83 assisted tackles, eight tackles for loss a team-high seven sacks for a total of 171 tackles. White also forced eight fumbles, gained one fumble recovery and blocked two kicks. He was the undisputed leader on a first-team defense that allowed opponents an average of only eight points a game, helping the Wolverines to a 9-2 record and a state tournament appearance.
Nicollet, Jr., LB
Christenson led the Raiders with 141 tackles and was named the 2012 Southern Confederacy Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He also had six tackles for loss, five interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. With one year left of eligibility, he's already sitting at 407 tackles, just four short of the school record, along with 11 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries, 7.5 sacks and eight tackles for a loss.
Tyler Mielke, MVL, Sr., LB
Mielke led the Chargers with 112 total tackles this season and finished his career with 282 tackles. He had 28 tackles for loss, three sacks and two fumble recoveries plus an interception for MVL and was named to the Gopher Valley All-Conference squad for the third year in a row.
Sleepy Eye, Sr., LB/DT
Mangen led the Indians with 122 total tackles. He also had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He was a three-year starter for the Indians and made the switch to linebacker this year because he was needed at that position.
Tevin Mooter, New Ulm, Jr., NG
Mooter finished the season with 85 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks, four forced fumbles and four blocked kicks for the Eagles.
Lucas Heiderscheidt, St. Mary's, So., LB
Heiderscheidt was an All-Southern Minnesota Conference selection and finished the 2012 season with 92 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception.
Jeff Osborne, Cathedral, Sr., DE
Osborne finished with 81 tackles this year, three passes knocked down, two fumbles caused, four sacks and a fumble recovery for the Greyhounds. He was an All-Southern Minnesota Conference selection this season.
Christopher Kretsch, Springfield, Sr., CB
Kretsch finished the season with 67 tackles from the cornerback position and held receivers to minimal success. He picked off seven passes to lead the Tigers' defense.
Paul Anderson, Madelia, Sr., DT
Anderson finished the year with 90 tackles, six sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception to help lead the Blackhawks to a 7-3 record.
Tanner Elliott, Nicollet, Sr., LB
Elliott was the heart and soul of the Raiders defense, leading the team to a 10-1 record. He finished the year with 93 tackles, one sack and two interceptions and was All-Conference in the Southern Confederacy Conference. He had 222 tackles for his career and helped the Raiders reach the state tournament three times.