#7 Sam Van Ginkel
Senior from Rock Valley, Iowa

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

2015: NAIA/AFCA All-American; GPAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year; played in all 10 games; totaled 38 tackles, 16.5 for a loss; ranked seventh in the NAIA with 9.5 sacks; 4 quarterback hurries, 3 blocked kicks and two forced fumbles and fumble recoveries.

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
2015: 10 games, 38 tck, 16.5 for loss; 9.5 sacks, 4 QBH, 3 BLK, 2 FF, 2 FR
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: 10 tackles vs DWU, 3.5 sacks vs NWU (2014), 5 QBH vs Doane

Career Totals: 31 games, 84 tackles, 43.5 for loss; 28.5 sacks (2nd most all-time), 19 QBH, 6 FR, 4 FF, 2 TD, 4 BK

Postseason honors continue to roll in for Sam Van Ginkel as the senior was named a Victory Sports Network (VSN) 2016 Football All-American as announed by the VSN office.
Sam Van Ginkel has been named a first team NAIA/AFCA All-American as announced by the American Football Coaches' Association earlier today.


Northwestern College had 15 football players claim all-conference honors as announced by the GPAC office earlier today.
Sam Van Ginkel (Rock Valley, Iowa) earned NAIA Football Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the national office this evening.
Sam Van Ginkel (Rock Valley, Iowa) earned GPAC Defensive Player of the Week honors as announced by the league office earlier today.
More preseason honors for Sam Van Ginkel as Instant Scouting/National Mock Drafts recognized the senior defensive end on their preseason All-American team.
Following an outstanding 2015 season that concluded with being named the GPAC Defensive Player of the Year, defensive end Sam Van Ginkel has been named a preseason All-American by the Sporting News.
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.