The Tim Krumrie Award is given annually to the state's top senior defensive lineman as part of the WSN Senior Football Awards. The award is named after Tim Krumrie, a former Mondovi and University of Wisconsin athlete who would go on to star in the NFL for 12 seasons, including two Pro Bowl appearances.
The pre-season watch list was trimmed down to 15 semi-finalists, and ten finalists for the award have now been selected. Winners are announced the week of the state finals.
Tim Krumrie Award Finalists:
Seth Bickett, Pewaukee - Bickett is the rare running back-defensive lineman combo, but he's done it very successfully. A four-year starter and First Team All-Conference choice on the defensive front, he also has back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. As a senior he has 107 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks. "He is the most complete high school player I have coached, and the smartest," said head coach Justin Friske.
R.J. Clarke, Saint Francis - Clarke is a four-year varsity standout for head coach Doug Sarver, and is having an outstanding senior campaign. The two-way lineman has 65 tackles from his defensive line spot, with 20 tackles for loss. For his career he has 206 tackles and 51 tackles for loss.
Boyd Dietzen, Kimberly - Dietzen is a Wisconsin commit who earned First Team All-Conference, Defensive Lineman of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year recognition in the VFA-North as a senior. "Boyd is an extremely athletic defensive end," said head coach Steve Jones. "He is very physical, is incredibly quick off the ball, and plays with a high motor. I feel he is one of the best defensive players in the entire state." He has 61 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks.
Josh Dinga, Sun Prairie - Dinga is part of a strong Sun Prairie defense that has allowed just 99 points so far this year, limiting opponents to 3.0 yards per carry. A two-year starter, he has 19 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 2 interceptions, a safety, and defensive touchdown on his resume this season. He holds a handful of Division 1 scholarship offers and could earn more after the season.
Blake Fehrmann, Brookfield Central - Fehrmann is a force up front and on the edge for the Lancers, recording 76 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks so far this season, as Brookfield Central is unbeaten. "Blake has a motor that just won't stop," said head coach Jed Kennedy. "At 6-6, he bends extremely well and has great speed and explosiveness to go with it. He is the kind of athlete you just don't see on the defensive line very often." Fehrmann has a handful of D1 offers and more could come later on.
Cole Godbout, Hudson - Godbout has been a terror in the Big Rivers Conference and beyond all season for the Raiders. From his defensive line position, Godbout recorded 79 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, and 13 sacks in the regular season, scoring a pair of defensive touchdowns. "His athleticism for his size is tremendous, as he can take a play right at him when he is always getting double-teamed, or, as is usually the case, he can run down plays from behind when teams run away from him," said head coach Adam Kowles. "We have had some good linemen here over the year, but Cole is the best we've ever had."
Will McDonald, Waukesha North - McDonald is relatively new to the game of football, as he is in just his second year in the program. However, his outstanding athleticism has allowed him to flourish, and earn a scholarship to Iowa State, with additional offers coming in from Baylor, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, and more. He is among the state leaders with 12 sacks this season, recording 61 tackles and a pair of fumble recoveries.
Eli Rivera, Shorewood/Messmer - Rivera has been a disruptive force for the Greyhounds this season, spending more time in the backfield than some running backs. He leads he state with 33 tackles for loss, forcing a state-best 12 fumbles. He also recorded a total of 66 tackles and 8.5 sacks, recovering 3 fumbles. "He is simply an outstanding, dynamic football player," said head coach Chad Hofmann. "He is fundamentally sound and he has that special-player ability that you can see as soon as you watch him."
Cormac Sampson, Eau Claire Memorial - Sampson plays both ways for the Old Abes, and that versatility is a big reason why the University of Wisconsin extended a scholarship offer in the off-season, which Sampson accepted. "In my opinion, Cormac Sampson is the best defensive player in the state," said Old Abes head coach Mike Sinz. Despite frequent double-teams, Sampson recorded 54 tackles and 9 sacks in ten games this season, forcing three fumbles.
Cole Wright, Stevens Point - Wright was recently named a First Team All-Conference selection and the Defensive Player of the Year in the VFA-West. The senior recorded 56 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks, despite facing frequent double teams. "Cole is the key to our run defense and faces constant double teams, but wins with speed, power, and technique," said head coach Pete McAdams.
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