#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 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

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.