#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

The NAIA and AFCA announced its 2015 All-American teams and two Northwestern players, Sam Van Ginkel and Justin Wohlert, earned the national honor.
Northwestern College announced today that Matt McCarty will take over as the head coach of the football program.
The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) announced its all-conference team for the 2015 football season and Sam Van Ginkel (Rock Valley, Iowa) headlines a total of 16 Northwestern players who earned the postseason honor.
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.


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.


GPAC post-season honors for football were handed out on Tuesday morning and 16 Red Raiders earned all-conference accolades.