It has been a fabulous season for the University of Nebraska at Kearney football team. The UNK Lopers finished the regular season at 9-2 and will compete in the NCAA Division II playoffs for just the fifth time in program history. UNK competes in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. This week UNK head coach Josh Lynn was named the 2021 MIAA Football Coach of the Year and Loper reshirt junior quarterback TJ Davis of Colorado Springs was named the MIAA Offensive Player of the Year. UNK had 17 players receive All-MIAA recognition including nine players on offense, seven on defense and one on special teams. Among UNK’s honorees were three athletes from the KCNI/KBBN coverage area. Tell Spies of Mullen was a second team defense selection. Spies, a defensive end, leads the Lopers in sacks with 4.5. Hunter Kraus of Sargent was a second team selection at punter. Kraus has a 39.6 punting average this season with four efforts traveling over 50 yards and 10 landing inside the opponents’ 20 yard line. Receiving honorable mention was Jacey Nutter of Thedford. Nutter, an inside linebacker, is among the leaders in tackles for UNK with 51. UNK will face off against former Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) rival Western Colorado in the opening round of the Division II college football playoffs.