The Don Hansen Football Committee released its 2018 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America Team Tuesday morning and Wayne State College linebacker Tyler Thomsen was named Third Team All-American on defense. It’s the second straight season that a Wildcat defensive player received Don Hansen All-America honors after safety Glenn Harris was a Second Team All-America honoree last season.
Thomsen, a 6-1 225-pound junior linebacker from Fremont (Archbishop Bergan HS), was a First Team All-NSIC South Division selection this season after leading Wayne State and the Northern Sun Conference in tackles with 120, averaging 10.9 tackles per game. He recorded 10 or more tackles in eight games this season, highlighted by a season-best 15 stops with one interception for 49 yards in a 42-35 win at Upper Iowa. Thomsen also had two blocked kicks with 5.5 tackles for loss (11 yds.) and one sack (2 yds.) this season. Thomsen was All-NSIC South Division honorable mention last season as a sophomore.
Other post-season accolades for Thomsen this season include Don Hansen All-Super Region 4 First Team and D2CCA All-Super Region 4 Second Team honors.
Wayne State finished the 2018 season with records of 3-8 overall and 2-5 in the NSIC South Division.