After early injuries and inexperience contributed to a shaky 2-2 start, the Dutch closed the season with a flourish, winning six straight in decisive fashion. Central scored 30 points or more in seven of its eight victories.
Defensive back Jacob Edleman racked up seven interceptions, giving him 16 for his career, matching the third-most in school history. He was the first Central player in 14 years to garner AFCA Division III all-America honors.
Three-time first-team all-Iowa Conference running back Josh Osborn topped the 100-yard rushing mark in nine games, including 254 yards on a school-record 45 carries in a 38-7 rout of Dubuque. He led the league in rushing yards (1,284) and touchdowns, and ranks fourth on Central’s career rushing yardage list with 3,183.
And kicker Kevin Sheldon was a fourtime all-league pick. He hit 7-of-11 field goals and, for his career, made 36 of 54 while nailing 141-of-144 extra points.
Edleman, Osborn and Sheldon were also D3football.com all-region honorees and Edleman was a consensus all-America pick.