SouthtownStar Athletes On Campus: Rob Austin scores football honors at Wisconsin-Platteville
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media January 3, 2014 6:22PM
University of Wisconsin-Platteville cornerback Rob Austin (9). | Supplied photo
Updated: February 6, 2014 6:34AM
University of Wisconsin-Platteville cornerback Rob Austin was one of two Pioneers chosen to the D3football.com 2013 All-American Third Team.
In addition, the Calumet City resident also was named to the 2013 D3football.com All-West Region First Team, as well as the 2013 All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team on defense.
Austin, a T.F. North graduate, led the WIAC with 17 passes defended, which ranked 33rd in the country.
The junior appeared in all 12 games for the Pioneers, tying for eighth on the team in tackles with 41. He added three interceptions, three blocked kicks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Austin helped Platteville to its first NCAA playoff berth. The Pioneers were 10-2 overall, their losses to national champion UW-Whitewater and North Central.
Along with Austin, two other Southland residents on the Pioneers roster also received postseason accolades.
Senior defensive end Bronzun Kyles (Brother Rice) was named to the 2013 All-WIAC Honorable Mention Team on defense.
Kyles finished 10th on the team in tackles with 36. He also was fourth in tackles-for-loss with six, for 17 yards. He added a fumble recovery.
Junior center Brian Lurquin (St. Rita) was named to the 2013 All-WIAC Honorable Mention Team on offense.
Lurquin anchored an offensive line that enabled Platteville to average 37.9 points per game. The Pioneers wrapped up the season with 5,991 yards of total offense and 58 touchdowns.
Aurora University junior linebacker Darren Harms (Tinley Park) was named the Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference’s Defensive Football Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Nov. 17.
In a 44-7 win over visiting Rockford, Harms scored the first touchdown of the game on a 60-yard interception return. He added eight tackles and a pass breakup.
For the season, the Oak Forest resident appeared in all 10 games for the Spartans, tying for third on the team in tackles with 53. Harms also contributed 2½ tackles for 19 yards in losses, 1½ sacks, three passes defended, one interception and one forced fumble.
Dominican University defender Alex Rohder (Sandburg) was selected the 2013 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Freshman of the Year in men’s soccer.
The Orland Park native finished the season with five goals and one assist, his 11 points ranking fifth for the Stars.
Rohder appeared in 16 matches on the season, all starts. He helped Dominican finish 12-5-2 overall and 8-1-1 in the NACC. For his efforts, Rohder was chosen to the 2013 NACC Second Team.
Teammate Enzo Berrini was named to the 2013 NACC First Team. The senior midfielder (Lockport) led Dominican in goals (6), assists (7) and points (19). He was tied for the team lead in game-winning goals with three.
Named to the second team was junior defender Gabriel Garcia (De La Salle). He finished the season with one goal and three assists for five points.
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Along with the representatives from Dominican, three other Southland residents were honored by the NACC in men’s soccer.
Benedictine junior forward Ante Markotic (Mount Carmel) was named to the Second Team. Markotic finished with eight goals and two assists for 18 points.
Concordia (Wisconsin) had two Southland residents chosen to the 2013 All-Freshman Team.
Forward Gavin Winston (Rich East) had nine goals and two assists for 20 points. The Park Forest resident appeared in 20 matches, making 18 starts. Midfielder Justin Clayton (Illinois Lutheran) played in 19 matches (13 starts) this season. The Crete native had two assists.