Malone University senior linebacker Ryan Weber became the first Pioneer football player to ever be named NCAA Div. II All-Region by the Div. II Conference Commissioners’ Association as voted on by Sports Information Directors within the region.
Weber was named Second Team All-Super Region 1, which encompasses 45 teams in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the Northeast 10 Conference and the Mountain East Conference. He was one of just three G-MAC defenders to earn All-Region recognition.
Additionally Weber also was nominated for the Cliff Harris Award, presented annually to the top defensive player in the country among NCAA Div. II, Div. III and NAIA universities.
Weber, a Butler, Ohio native and Loudonville High School graduate, not only led the Super Region, but he also led all of NCAA Div. II in tackles per game, posting an impressive average of 14.8, the fifth highest single-season average in DII since 2000. Despite playing in just eight games this season, Weber still managed to finish 11th in the country in total tackles with 118 (54 solo, 64 assisted).
The Pioneer middle linebacker recorded at least eight tackles in all eight games and had five games of 15 or more. He was the only player in the country with three games of at least 19 tackles including a career-high 20 tackles against Missouri S&T. On the season he also collected 3.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a pass breakup.
In addition to his Second Team All-Region award, Weber was named G-MAC First Team All-Conference for the second straight season. A four-year mainstay at linebacker for the Pioneers, Weber finished his illustrious career with 348 tackles, the third most in Malone history.