Defensive Player of the Year
Dallas Bollema – Artesia
In the beginning of the season we ranked all the top players in the state of New Mexico. Dallas Bollema LB from Artesia was our top ranked defensive player on that list. When a player has all that hype before the season starts, so many times that player doesn't end up living up to all the hype associated with their ranking. That is not the case with Bollema. He came into the season as our top ranked player on defense and now he leaves the season as our top defensive player.
Artesia LB Dallas Bollema is our selection for defensive player of the year in the state of New Mexico. Statistically speaking he ranks right up there. He amassed more than 160 total tackles again this season. Also add in the fact all the other things he does for the Bulldogs and in reality this wasn't that hard of a selection.
Artesia had somewhat of down year, by the high standards that the Bulldogs have set. But, Bollema was a stud all year and on most nights was the best player on the field regardless of what side of the ball. At 6'1 and 215 pounds, Bollema has great size for a player at his position. Add in the fact that he runs in the 4.6 range and you realize why he is so difficult to stop on the field. He had such an impressive season that he was offered a scholarship by New Mexico, an offer that he quickly accepted. Bollema will be suiting up for the Lobos next season.
Congratulations to Dallas Bollema for a wonderful season.
Other players that were given consideration
Lane Ward – Clovis
Tanner Ireland – Sandia
JD Ordunez – Mayfield
Zach Daugherty – Onate
Brandon Solomon – Hobbs
Taylor Allcorn – Moriarty
Brad Elliot - Eldoradonewmexicoinsider@yahoo.com
Artesia LB Dallas Bollema had an amazing season on the defensive side of the ball. He is our pick for the 2008 defensive player of the year.