#7 Sam Van Ginkel
Junior from Rock Valley, Iowa

Position:Defensive End
Class year:Junior
Hometown:Rock Valley, Iowa
High school:Western Christian
Travis Kooima (coach)

2014: earned first team All-GPAC honors as a member of the Red Raiders' top-ranked defense; played in 10 games with nine starts; ranked second in conference with 8.5 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries; totaled 19 tackles, 12 for a loss; recorded one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one touchdown.

2013: earned second team BSN All-American honors; named first team all-conference; played all 11 games; totaled 27 tackles, 15 for a loss of 86 yards; led team with 10.5 sacks and tied for the team lead with five quarterback hurries; recovered three fumbles, forced  one fumble and blocked one kick; scored TD in win over DWU.

2012: did not play-redshirt.

High School: played two years for Western Christian; led the Wolfpack defense with seven sacks and ranked fourth on the team with 54 tackles.

Academic: Business/Finance major. Personal: son of Paul and Andrea; brother to Jacob, Emily and Eli.

Season Stats
2014: 10 games, 9 starts; 19 tackles, 12 for a loss; 8.5 sacks, 10 QBH, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 TD
2013: 11 games, 27 tackles, 15 for a loss, 10.5 sacks, 5 QBH, 3 FR, 1 TD

Career Highs: 4.5 tackles (2x-2013), 3.5 sacks vs NWU (2014), 5 QBH vs Doane

Career Totals: 21 games, 46 tackles, 27 for loss; 19 sacks, 15 QBH, 4 FR, 2 FF, 2 TD, 1 BK

An inspired defensive effort against the NAIA's top scoring defense came up short as #15 Northwestern lost to #4 Morningside 27-7 in front of a packed house on Korver Field at DeValois Stadium.
Northwestern College plays host to Morningside in a Homecoming match-up between ranked teams. Northwestern, ranked 15th in the latest NAIA Coaches' poll, is 2-1 in conference play, 3-1 overall.
No. 10 Northwestern suffered its first loss of the season as they fell to No. 13 Doane 28-21 in the NAIA Football Game of the Week played today in Crete, Neb.
A pair of unbeaten teams square off this weekend as No. 10 Northwestern College takes on No.13 Doane (Neb.) in the NAIA Football Game of the Week on Saturday, Sept. 26.
12th-ranked Northwestern knocked off No. 22 Tabor (Kan.) 9-7 in a GPAC/KCAC Challenge match-up played tonight at Joel H. Wiens Stadium in Hillsboro, Kan.
12th-ranked Northwestern opens its 2015 season on the road as they play No. 22 Tabor (Kan.) on Saturday night, Sept. 5, in Hillsboro, Kan.
12th-ranked Northwestern lost to #5 Missouri Valley 20-17 in a double-overtime thriller at the NAIA football championship series first round match-up played in Marshall, Mo.


12th-ranked Northwestern College is set to play fifth-ranked Missouri Valley in a NAIA Football Championship Series (FCS)-first round match-up on Saturday, Nov. 22 in Marshall, Mo.
The 2014 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) football all-conference teams were announced earlier today and Greg Hegstad (Sanborn, Iowa) was named the conference defensive player of the year. Hegstad headlines a list of 16 Red Raiders who earned postseason honors.
12th-ranked Northwestern defeated Midland 22-2 on a snowy Korver Field this afternoon for senior day.
Red Raiders Play Host To Midland For Senior Day
#7 Northwestern lost to top-ranked Morningside 42-24 in a GPAC showdown between top 10 teams played in Sioux City, Iowa.
Northwestern College heads to Sioux City, Iowa, to play Morningside on Saturday, Nov. 8 in a match-up of top 10 teams.
Paul Hutson rushed for a season-high 108 yards and the Raider D registered six sacks in leading #8 Northwestern to a 21-7 road win over Hastings today in Hastings, Neb.
#8 Northwestern heads to Hastings, Neb. to play the Broncos in a GPAC football match-up on Saturday, Nov. 1.
#8 Northwestern defeated Dordt College 46-17 in its Homecoming game played today at DeValois Stadium.
Northwestern plays host to Dordt for its Homecoming game this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 25.
Brady Timmer scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter as #12 Northwestern comes from behind to defeat Concordia 27-21 in a GPAC football match-up played in Seward, Neb.
12th-ranked Northwestern travels to Seward, Neb. to play Concordia in a GPAC football match-up on Saturday, Oct. 25.
13th-ranked Northwestern pushed its win streak to four as they defeated Briar Cliff 38-0 in a GPAC match-up played today at DeValois Stadium.
Northwestern College looks to stay unbeaten in conference play as they host Briar Cliff in a GPAC match-up on Saturday, Oct. 11.
16th-ranked Northwestern stayed unbeaten in conference play with a 8-0 win over Nebraska Wesleyan in GPAC football action played at Abel Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.
#16 Northwestern plays its second straight road game as they take on Nebraska Wesleyan in a GPAC match-up on Saturday, Sept. 27.
Paul Hutson rushed for two touchdowns and the Raider defense dominated in leading #18 Northwestern to an impressive 35-7 win over #15 Dakota Wesleyan on the Tigers' homecoming.
Northwestern College heads to play Dakota Wesleyan for its first road game of the 2014 season in a GPAC match-up between ranked teams.
#13 Northwestern defeated Doane 17-10 in overtime in the GPAC opener for both teams. The Red Raiders improve to 1-1 overall while Doane slips to 0-2.
13th-ranked Northwestern opens conference play as they play host to Doane on Saturday, Sept. 13.
Due to Bacone playing an ineligible player, Northwestern wins the game by forfeit, 1-0.
13th-ranked Northwestern opens its 2014 season this weekend as they play host to Bacone College (Okla.) on Saturday, Aug. 30.
Today's preview looks at the Red Raider defense as a group and then focuses on the d-line.
Two Northwestern College players were named to the Beyond Sports Network (BSN) All-American team as announced earlier today.


Northwestern College lost to Missouri Valley 38-13 in a first round match-up of the NAIA Football Championship Series played today at Gregg-Mitchell Field in Marshall, Mo.
Northwestern College will play Missouri Valley in the NAIA Football Championship Series First Round on Saturday, Nov. 23.
GPAC post-season honors for football were handed out on Tuesday morning and 16 Red Raiders earned all-conference accolades.
Davis Bloemendaal threw for a school-record seven touchdowns in leading 13th-ranked Northwestern to a 55-27 win over Midland this afternoon in Fremont, Neb.
Northwestern heads to Fremont, Neb. to play Midland in the final game of the regular season for both teams.
19th-ranked Northwestern College upset top-ranked Morningside 38-28 on senior day in a GPAC football match-up played on Korver Field at DeValois Stadium in Orange City, Iowa.
19th-ranked Northwestern plays host to top-ranked Morningside on Saturday, Nov. 9 in a GPAC football showdown for senior day.
Davis Bloemendaal connected with Brice Byker for a 42-yard, game-winning touchdown with just over two minutes left to give 21st-ranked Northwestern a 31-28 win over Hastings on Saturday in Orange City, Iowa.
21st-ranked Northwestern College goes for its fourth straight win as they play host to Hastings in a GPAC football match-up on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Davis Bloemendaal threw a career-high five touchdowns and rushed for another in leading 23rd-ranked Northwestern to a 48-10 win over Dordt College in a GPAC match-up played today in Sioux Center, Iowa.
23rd-ranked Northwestern goes for its third straight win as they head to Sioux Center to play Dordt College in a GPAC football match-up.
Northwestern College held off a late rally to defeat #14 Concordia 30-28 in GPAC football played today at DeValois Stadium in Orange City, Iowa.
Northwestern College plays host to 14th-ranked Concordia in a GPAC football match-up on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Northwestern College defeated Briar Cliff 24-17 in a GPAC football match-up played Saturday night at the Dakota Dome in Vermillion, S.D.
.Northwestern College resumes its 2013 season as they play Briar Cliff in a conference match-up on Saturday, Oct. 12.
17th-ranked Northwestern lost to Nebraska Wesleyan 22-8 in a GPAC football match-up played in Orange City, Iowa.
17th-ranked Northwestern plays host to Nebraska Wesleyan in its annual homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Isaiah Twitty and Jermaine Ambrose tackled DWU running back Franco Barnaud at the one-yard line as time expired as 21st-ranked Northwestern held on for a 49-42 win over Dakota Wesleyan
The long-awaited home opener comes for 21st-ranked Northwestern as they play host to Dakota Wesleyan in a GPAC football match-up on Saturday, Sept. 21.
20th-ranked Doane scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter to earn a 34-27 home upset win over #13 Northwestern in the NAIA game of the week played Saturday at Al Papik Field in Crete, Neb.
13th-ranked Northwestern travels to Crete, Neb. to play 20th-ranked Doane in the GPAC opener for both teams.