Six Vikings chosen for All-Midwest Conference team

Lawrence football action Eder Bellegarde
Lawrence's Eder Bellegarde (37) was a first-team All-Midwest Conference selection.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University football team had six players chosen for the All-Midwest Conference North Division squad in a vote of league coaches.

Linebacker Eder Bellegarde (Dallas, Ga./North Paulding) made the first team, and defensive end Jasaad Graves (Columbus, Ga./William H. Spencer), offensive tackles Will Tews (Appleton, Wis./North) and Jason Regulski (Suwanne, Ga./Lambert), tight end Tanner Morris (Apollo Beach, Fla./East Bay) and wide receiver Nick Pastrone (Dunwoody, Ga./Dunwoody) all made the second team.

It is a nice comeback story for Bellegarde, a sophomore who played in less than one half of one game before being injured as a rookie in 2018. Bellegarde piled up a team-best 70 tackles, including 4.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks. Bellegarde finished eighth in the conference at 7.8 tackles per game.

Bellegarde also added an interception, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery. Bellegarde posted a career-high 12 tackles vs. Carleton College and had two other double-digit tackle games, 11 vs. Illinois College and 10 against Lake Forest College.

Graves was chosen for the all-conference team for the second consecutive season. The senior posted 44 tackles on the season and led the team with 14.0 TFLs and 6.0 sacks. Graves finished third in the conference at 1.56 TFLs per game and was fifth in the league at 0.67 sacks per contest. Graves finished in Lawrence's career top 10 in both TFLs and sacks. He completed his career with 27.0 TFLs, good for 10th place, and 13.5 sacks, which ranks eighth.

Graves had a career game at Beloit College when he picked up a season-high nine tackles, including eight solo. Of those nine tackles, six were tackles for loss, including a pair of quarterback sacks. The other tackles all went for no gain.

Tews and Regulski were both honored on the all-conference team for the first time. Regulski, a senior, and Tews, a junior, were the Vikings' starting tackles. They helped the Vikings average 3.5 yards per rush and an average of 128.6 rushing yards per game.

Morris, a sophomore who made the all-conference team for the first time, started the season at wide receiver but moved to tight end after the original starter was sidelined due to injury. Morris thrived in the new role as he led the team with 31 catches and was second with 305 receiving yards and second with three touchdown catches.

Morris caught a career-high six passes against both Beloit and Ripon College. He posted a season-best 59 receiving yards at Cornell College and had a season-long 39-yard catch vs. Carleton.

A first-time all-conference selection, Pastrone finished second on the team with 23 catches and seemed to make a habit of making the spectacular grab. He finished with team highs of 341 receiving yards and four touchdown catches. The junior posted a career-high six catches for a season-best 96 yards and a touchdown against Ripon. He also made a season-long 38-yard catch against the Red Hawks.

The six selections is the most for Lawrence since six Vikings were chosen in 2007.