Now he’s also leading the conference for his work in the classroom.
Beaver heads the UW-Whitewater selections on this season’s All-WIAC football team, earning his third straight first-team berth. He also is the conference’s Player of the Year and the Max Sparger Scholar/Athlete.
Five Whitewater offensive and three defensive players have earned first-team honors.
Beaver, a senior out of Palmyra-Eagle High School, completed his regular-season career as the WIAC’s all-time leader with in rushing yardage with 5,769 and in rushing attempts with 1,051.
His 38 career touchdowns are a school record and ranks seventh in WIAC history.
Beaver finished second in the league in rushing this season with 1,640 yards.
“He’s an outstanding student-athlete,” Warhawk coach Lance Leipold said. “He’s battled a few injuries, but had another solid season.”
Beaver also has stood out academically. A physical education major, Beaver has a 3.51 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. In addition, he has helped coach at Warhawk football camps his four years and mentors middle-school students.
As the fifth Warhawk football player to claim the league’s scholar-athlete honor, Beaver joins Shawn Eichorst (1990), Scott Hawig (1995), Peter Katz (2001) and Ryan Kleppe (2006).
Beaver is joined on the all-conference first-team offense by teammates Brent Allen, Neil Mrkvicka, Danny Jones and Jeff Schebler. Ryan Oirzovich, Tristan Borzick and A.J. Raebel represent the Warhawks on defense.
Allen earned his second straight first-team selection at center.
Mrkvicka leads the Warhawks with 53 receptions for 677 yards and four touchdowns this season.
Jones was a transfer from California Lutheran and replaced Justin Jacobs, the WIAC Player of the Year last season, at quarterback. The 6-2 senior has completed 144 of 254 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has rushed for 171 yards and four TDs.
Schebler joins Allen as a first-team repeater. The sophomore leads the Warhawks with 88 points. He has made 19 of 25 field-goal attempts and all 31 of his extra points.
Beaver and Schebler were unanimous selections.
Raebel was a unanimous selection at linebacker. The 6-5, 240-pound senior leads the Warhawks with 64 tackles, including 36 solo. He has 8.5 tackles for losses and 3.5 sacks.
Borzick, also a linebacker, has been involved in 53 tackles, including 28 solo. The 6-1, 241-pound senior has 2.5 tackles for losses, three interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Ogrizovich has 33 tackles. The senior lineman has a team-leading 12 tackles for losses and nine sacks.
Janesville Craig graduate Todd Glaser is the George Chryst Coach of the Year. In his second season at Eau Claire, Glaser has led the Blugolds to an 8-2 record, a second-place finish behind Whitewater in the WIAC and an at-large NCAA Division III playoff bid.
Record-setting Whitewater High graduate Michael Zweifel has earned first-team honors as a UW-River Falls wide receiver. Zweifel, the only freshman named to the all-conference team, has caught 97 passes for 1,056 yards and nine TDs. He led the league in all three categories.
Zweifel set a WIAC record with 18 receptions against La Crosse on Nov. 3. He also grabbed an onside kick and returned it 41 yards for a TD.
Evansville High graduate Tom Olsen, a 6-4, 270-senior at UW-La Crosse, has received honorable mention as an offensive lineman.
Hgt. Wgt. Yr.
QB—Danny Jones, Whitewater 6-2 196 Sr.
RB—Justin Beaver, Whitewater 5-9 200 Sr.
RB—Dan Hall, La Crosse 5-10 195 Sr.
RB—Andy Moriarty, Oshkosh 6-1 225 Sr.
OL—Randy Gyllin, La Crosse 6-4 320 Sr.
OL—Jordan Miller, River Falls 6-5 285 Sr.
OL—Marc Moonen, Eau Claire 6-1 305 Sr.
OL—Andy Versnik, Oshkosh 6-4 305 Sr.
C—Brent Allen, Whitewater 5-11 256 Sr.
TE—Kyle Kubasa, Oshkosh 6-5 250 Sr.
WR—Ted Everson, La Crosse 6-3 185 Sr.
WR—Neil Mrkvicka, Whitewater 5-11 184 Sr.
WR—Michael Zweifel, River Falls 6-1 175 Fr.
PK—Jeff Schebler, Whitewater 6-0 182 So.
AP—Tony Hull, Eau Claire 6-2 210 Sr.
RS—Shawn Korth, Stout 5-10 185 Sr.
DL—David Akey, Platteville 6-3 215 Jr.
DL—Greg Neumann, River Falls 6-4 240 Sr.
DL—Ryan Ogrizovich, Whitewater 6-1 268 Sr.
DL—Nate Rucker, Eau Claire 6-1 255 Sr.
DL—Brad Vickroy, Stevens Point 6-0 254 Jr.
LB—Tristan Borzick, Whitewater 6-1 241 Sr.
LB—Sam Cummings, Eau Claire 6-0 245 Sr.
LB—A.J. Raebel, Whitewater 6-5 240 Sr.
LB—Eric Stenbroten, Oshkosh 6-0 235 Sr.
DB—Wendell Eskridge, Stout 6-0 205 Sr.
DB—Bryan Kent, Oshkosh 6-0 195 Sr.
DB—Kasey Morgan, Stevens Point 6-1 185 Sr.
DB—Dave Wicklund, Eau Claire 5-11 200 Jr.
P—Mitch Schaeuble, Eau Claire 6-0 190 Sr.
QB—Griffin Moe, La Crosse 6-3 210 Jr.
RB—Nathan Anderson, River Falls 5-9 214 Sr.
RB—Mike Ferron, Stevens Point 5-8 216 So.
RB—Mike Genslinger, Platteville 5-11 195 Jr.
OL—Dan Anstett, Whitewater 5-11 286 Sr.
OL—Marcis Davidson, Platteville 6-4 280 Sr.
OL—J.T. Mathy, Stevens Point 5-10 265 Sr.
OL—Marko Obrovac, Stout 6-6 295 Sr.
C—Joe Schmitz, Oshkosh 6-1 300 Sr.
OL—Brady Ramseier, Whitewater 6-7 313 Sr.
TE—Ryan Hansen, River Falls 6-2 219 So.
WR—Chris Hull, Eau Claire 6-4 205 Sr.
PK—Ryan Graboski, Stevens Point 6-0 172 Jr.
AP—Tanner Kattre, Stout 6-3 205 Sr.
RS—Craig Polifka, Eau Claire 5-10 185 Jr.
P—Luke Frisch, Stevens Point 5-11 189 Jr.
DL—Cameron Adams, Oshkosh 6-5 255 Sr.
DL—Ryan Cresson, Stevens Point 6-5 247 Sr.
DL—Grant Daigle, Stout 6-3 260 Sr.
DL—Scott Riha, Stout 6-3 265 Jr.
DL—Joe Troia, La Crosse 6-1 245 Jr.
LB—Bruce Baillargeon, River Falls 6-0 193 Sr.
LB—Dave Dejewski, Oshkosh 6-1 230 Sr.
LB—Tom Dohr, Eau Claire 6-3 225 Jr.
LB—Stephen Schils, Stout 6-1 230 Sr.
DB—Matt Blaziewske, Whitewater 5-11 185 Sr.
DB—Ben Farley, Whitewater 6-5 200 Sr.
DB—Andy Murray, Whitewater 6-2 205 Sr.
DB—Scott Salvinski, Oshkosh 6-0 195 Sr.
Player of the Year—Justin Beaver, Whitewater.
Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete—Justin Beaver, Whitewater.
George Chryst Coach of the Year—Todd Glaser, Eau Claire.
Eau Claire—Cory Sartorelli, rb. La Crosse—Tom Olsen, ol; Jason Wagner, wr; Mike Schmidt, ap; Eric Donoval, rs. Oshkosh—Tyler Jandrin, rb. Platteville—Corey Darmody, c. River Falls—Scott Witte, c. Stevens Point—Mike Kovatch, ol. Stout—Chase Unbehaun, te; Andy Reese, rb. Whitewater—Mike Sherman, ol; Nick Croak, p.
Eau Claire—Zach Paul, db. La Crosse—Drew Kiefer, lb; Adam Neitzel, lb. Oshkosh—Dave Consiglio,lb. River Falls—Sean Wolf, dl. Platteville—Matt Eastlick, lb. Stevens Point—Dustin Robinson, lb; Brett Hirsch, db. Stout—Kyle Seiler, lb; Jake Pomputis, db. Whitewater—Jace Rindhal, lb.
Whitewater—Cal Schmidt, sr., ol.