Published On: Wed, Dec 19th, 2007

Hochstein is Named All American

NEW YORK — Ben Hochstein is in elite company.
The Hartington native has been named as a member of the Associated Press Little All American Team for the second straight year.


The University of Nebraska-Omaha senior joins some of the country’s best football players on the team.
The AP Little All-America team honors players from Division II, III and the NAIA.

Hochstein was also named to the AFCA and Daktronics All America teams,
Hochstein, the son of Mick and Nancy Hochstein, was also named as the North Central Conference’s most valuable offensive lineman for a second consecutive season.
Hochstein’s UNO teammate,  Randy Kush, Gretna, also made the All America team as a defensive back.
Other Nebraskans on the list include Danny Woodhead, who  ran for more yards than any player in the history of college football. Chadron State’s Woodhead was selected to Little All-America team for the fourth straight year.
The 5-foot-9 running back was a first-team Little All-American for the second consecutive season, joining Northwest Missouri State running back Xavier Omon and Harding quarterback David Knighton on the team released Thursday.
Woodhead ran for 7,962 yards for Division II Chadron State in Nebraska, topping the all-division record of 7,353 set by R.J. Bowers from 1997-2000 at Division III Grove City (Pa.) College.
Woodhead also ranks second in career all-purpose yardage with 9,479. His 109 career touchdowns ties the NCAA record and his 654 career points ranks second.
This season Woodhead rushed for 1,876 yards and scored 27 touchdowns. He is a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the best player in Division II.
Omon, a Beatrice native, outplayed Woodhead when their teams met in the Division II playoffs three weeks ago. Northwest Missouri State beat Chadron State 28-21 behind 158 yards rushing by Omon. Woodhead was held to a career-low 16 yards and caught a touchdown pass.
Omon followed that up with 149 yards rushing and two touchdowns in 33-3 victory over Bloomsburg 33-3, then went for 292 yards and four touchdowns as the Bearcats snapped Grand Valley State’s 40-game winning streak last week.
Thanks to his outstanding postseason, Omon leads Division II in rushing with 2,274 yards.
Northwest Missouri State (12-1) lost 25-20 to  Valdosta State (12-1) on Saturday in Florence, Ala., for the Division II national title.
Knighton passed for 3,197 yards and 32 touchdowns this season and became the first player in the school history to be a semifinalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy.
North Dakota wide receiver Weston Dressler was a Little All-American for the second season. West Liberty State’s Almonzo Banks, with 88 catc