Nebraska Wesleyan football players Ethan Hunke and Jordan Delbaugh were both selected as 2009 NAIA honorable mention All-Americans by the College Fanz Sports Network when the teams were announced on Jan. 26. Hunke was selected as a punter, while Delbaugh was chosen as a return specialist.
Hunke, a junior from West Point, Neb., finished the year ranked third in the country in punting averaging 41.7 yards per punt. He had a long punt of 68 yards and 11 of his punts were downed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. The graduate of West Point Central Catholic High School was a First-Team All-GPAC selection this season. His season average of 41.7 yards set a new NWU school record for season punt average. He has a career average of 40.5 yards which ranks second all-time at NWU.
Delbaugh, a freshman from Englewood, Colo., was tied for second in the NAIA in kick returns averaging 29.2 yards per kick return. He had 14 returns for 409 yards with a long return of 54 yards. Delbaugh also made his mark by blocking three kicks in his first season. Delbaugh’s average of 29.2 yards ranks fourth all-time at NWU. He was also a Second-Team All-GPAC selection.
Nebraska Wesleyan finished the 2009 season with a 5-5 record. This is the second straight season that NWU had two players earn NAIA All-America honorable mention recognition.