The top three teams in the standings have more than half of the selections on the 2016 All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team.

League co-champs North Dakota State (8 players) and South Dakota State (5), along with third place finisher Youngstown State (5), account for 18 of the 28 spots on the honor squad, with the Jackrabbits cleaning up in the top conference awards.

SDSU quarterback Taryn Christion is the league's Offensive Player of the Year,  linebacker Christian Rozeboom is the Freshman of the Year, and coach John Stiegelmeier has been awarded Coach of the Year.

South Dakota quarteback Chris Streveler is the Newcomer of the Year. Coyotes kicker Miles Bergner is the first team punter and place kicker.

MVFC FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB -- Taryn Christion, South Dakota State

RB -- King Frazier, North Dakota State; Martin Ruiz, Youngstown State

FB -- Chase Morlock, North Dakota State

WR-- Lance Lenoir, Western Illinois; Jake Wieneke, South Dakota State

TE -- Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

OL -- Brock Eisenhuth, Youngstown State, Zack Johnson, North Dakota State; Landon Lechler, North Dakota State; Jacob Ohnesorge, South Dakota State; Mark Spelman, Illinois State

MVFC FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL -- Greg Menard, North Dakota State; Avery Moss, Youngstown State; Derek Rivers, Youngstown State; Karter Schult, Northern Iowa

LB -- Dylan Cole, Missouri State; Christian Rozeboom, South Dakota State; MJ Stumpf, North Dakota State; Brett Taylor, Western Illinois

DB-- LeRoy Alexander, Youngstown State; Tre Dempsey, North Dakota State; Robbie Grimsley, North Dakota State; Davontae Harris, Illinois State

MVFC FIRST TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS

P -- Miles Bergner, South Dakota

RS -- Deion Holliman, Missouri State

PK -- Miles Bergner, South Dakota

LS -- Joshua Appel, Indiana State

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: QB Taryn Christion, South Dakota State
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DE Karter Schult, UNI
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: QB Chris Streveler, South Dakota
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: LB Christian Rozeboom, South Dakota State
COACH OF THE YEAR: John Stiegelmeier, South Dakota State

NDSU, SDSU, and Youngstown State are all still alive in the second round of the 2016 FCS Playoffs. The top-seeded Bison host San Diego, Saturday in Fargo. That same day, the eighth-seeded Jackrabbits host Villanova in Brookings, while the Penguins travel to third-seeded Jacksonville State.