Five Football Players Earn All-MIAA Second-Team Honors

by Alan BabbittMason Dekker posing for a portrait Christian Bos poses for a portrait Luke Bechusen poses for a portrait

Five Hope College football players have been chosen as All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Second-Team Honorees for the 2018 season by the league's coaches: defensive back Luke Beckhusen, receiver Christian Bos, linebacker Mason Dekker, offensive lineman Timothy Ivery, and running back Mike Miklusicak.

Five of their teammates were first-team selections: defensive back Kimani Dooley, defensive lineman Ian Gorgenson, defensive end Tate Knapp, quarterback Mason Opple and offensive lineman Zach Smith.

Mike Miklusicak posing for a portrait Tim Ivery posing for a portrait Pictured from left, top row, Luke Beckhusen, Christian Bos, and Mason Dekker; bottom row, Timothy Ivery and Mike Miklusicak

Beckhusen is one of five second-team defensive backs. The junior from Coldwater, Michigan (Coldwater HS) totaled a team-best 45 tackles against MIAA opponents this season. He was a significant contributor to a defense that allowed the fewest points, passing yards, and rushing yards in MIAA play this season.

"Luke is a quiet, fiery competitor, who came into his own as a junior and a two-year starter," head coach Peter Stuursma said. "Luke brings the physical piece from his safety position, yet has to make the all of checks for the defensive backfield to make us right. Luke is a football player is the truest sense of the word."

Bos is one of three second-team receivers. The junior from Hudsonville, Michigan (Unity Christian) caught 29 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns during league games while also rushing for 22 times for 169 yards and one touchdown.

"Consistency at the receiver spot is essential to offensive success, and Christian delivered in key situations," Stuursma said. "He never stops going full speed, is ultra-competitive, and works at this trade. He is a quiet leader who leads by example."

Dekker is one of five second-team linebackers. The junior from Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS) made 35 tackles and collected one sack against MIAA foes.

"Not only a captain of our team as a junior, Mason is the quarterback of our defense as everything goes through him," Stuursma said. "He is tough, scrappy, and durable, and his on-the-field presence and football IQ are off of the charts.  Mason plays way bigger than his stature."

Ivery is one of five second-team offensive linemen. The junior from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (Birmingham Brother Rice) helped the Flying Dutchmen rush for the second-most yards during MIAA games.

"Tim brings a physical presence to the O-line, and yet he is so athletic, which allows for him to be a great pass blocker and an is outstanding blocking in space," Stuursma said. "He is a student of the game and makes people around him better. He has only scratched the surface of where we think he could be."

Miklusicak is one of two second-team running backs. The senior from Wayland, Michigan (Wayland) returned from a knee injury that sidelined him during the 2017 season to record 104 carries for 643 yards and five touchdowns during MIAA play.

"A relentless competitor, Mike has overcome so many things in last two years," Stuursma said. "Two knee surgeries did not stop him from being a team captain, an inspirational leader, and an example of hard work. He had an unbelievable career here at Hope."

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