Four Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) football players were tabbed D3football.com All-Americans as recently announced by the organization.
California Lutheran defensive back Obasi Dees, and Chapman linebacker Dillon Keefe were tabbed D3football.com First Team All-Americans on defense, while Redlands defensive tackle Elias Hackney was named a Third Team All-American on defense. Bulldogs' defensive back Jeff Hector earned Honorable Mention All-American praise.
A four-time first team all-conference recipient, Dees was named Second Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and a First Team All-West Region honoree by D3football.com. Dees has been a staple at the cornerback position, forcing opposing offenses to go the other way. When he was challenged, he led the defense with four interceptions which tied for the sixth-most in conference. The captain is 55th in the nation for interceptions per game (0.4) and added 30 total tackles.
Keefe - a Second Team AFCA All-American, a D3football.com First Team All-West Region honoree, and the 2019 SCIAC Defensive Athlete of the Year and First Team All-SCIAC selection - earned First Team All-West Region honors. His 72 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and four blocked kicks all led the team. His four blocked kicks are tied for the fourth-most in Division III while his 0.95 sacks per game average ranks 23rd. Keefe's efforts helped drive Chapman to a 10-1 overall record that was keyed by a 7-0 unblemished record in SCIAC play as the Panthers secured the conference title outright and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.
Hackney, who was named a First Team All-SCIAC and D3football.com First Team All-West Region selection following the 2019 campaign, helped Redlands to a 9-2 overall record that was highlighted by an 6-1 record in league play. The Bulldogs earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. Hackney registered 32 tackles (19 solo), and led the team in sacks with 8.5 to highlight 14 tackles for a loss. He also had two pass break-ups and a blocked kick.
Teammate Hector - a recent AFCA First Team All-American and D3football.com All-West Region - was also named First Team All-SCIAC and an Associated Press (AP) All-American. Hector collected 35 tackles, registered a sack, forced two fumbles, and picked off eight passes for 178 yards. He also led the team with 11 passes defensed as Redlands held its opponents to just 15.9 points per game, and 254.1 yards allowed per game (including a mere 52.7 rushing yards allowed).