November 16, 2011

Franklin’s West and O’Rourke Headline All-HCAC Football Selections

GREENWOOD, IN – Franklin College placed 10 players on the 2011 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team, including the conference's Offensive and Defensive Most Valuable Players.  Franklin's Jonny West (Avon, Ind./Speedway) has been named the HCAC Offensive Most Valuable Player for the first time, while David O'Rourke (Evansville, Ind./Memorial) picked up the HCAC Defensive Most Valuable Player award.  Grizzlies' head coach Mike Leonard garnered Coach of the Year honors for the fifth time in his career.

Manchester's Kyle Evans (Winamac, Ind./West Central) was honored as Special Teams Most Valuable Player for 2011, while his teammate Corey Nelson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) was selected as Freshman of the Year this fall.  The Spartans placed five players on the All-HCAC First Team.

West, a sophomore quarterback for the Grizzlies, threw for 3,144 yards this season to help his team win an outright HCAC title for the fourth time in five years and earn a bid to the NCAA playoffs.  The sophomore completed 62.9% (237-377) of his passes for a 152.3 passing efficiency.  West averaged a league-best 314.4 passing yards per game (6th NCAA) and tossed 30 touchdowns to pilot the conference's top offensive attack.  The Avon, Indiana native crossed the 300 yard mark passing six times during the season, including a 448 yard effort against NCAA Championship Subdivision affiliate Valparaiso.

O'Rourke, a senior defensive lineman for Franklin, led the Grizzlies defense in a quest for a HCAC title this season.  The senior led the conference with nine sacks and finished fourth in the league with 11.0 tackles for loss.  The Evansville, Indiana native contributed two fumble recoveries and added two interceptions this season, while posting 56 total tackles.  As a team, Franklin ranked fifth in the conference in total defense (359.3 ypg) and second in scoring defense (22.3 ppg).

Evans, a senior kicker and punter for Manchester, scored 59 points for the Spartans this season.  The senior converted 12-of-18 field goals (15th NCAA) and 23-of-25 extra points this fall, averaging 5.9 points per game.  Evans booted 53 punts for 38.5 yards per punt (33rd NCAA) and placed 15 punts inside the opponent's 20 yard line. 

Nelson, a freshman running back and kick returner for Manchester, played in all 10 games for the Spartans this season.  The freshman led the squad with 662 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 123 carries.  He also added 341 kickoff return yards, including an 83 yard return for a touchdown against Hanover.

Franklin head coach Mike Leonard has been selected as the HCAC Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career.  He guided the Grizzlies to their fourth conference title and a 9-1 overall record.  The Grizzlies finished alone in first place in the HCAC with a perfect 8-0 mark.  The only loss this season for FC was a 45-0 defeat to No. 1 ranked Wis.-Whitewater.  No. 17 ranked Franklin opens the NCAA Playoffs Saturday at home against No. 20 Thomas More at 12:00 PM.                                    

 

First Team All-HCAC

Jonny West

Franklin

So.

QB

Avon, Ind./Speedway

Kyle Kovach

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

RB

Munster, Ind./Andrean

James Clay

Mount St. Joseph

Jr.

RB

Louisville, Ky./Manual Dupont

Andy Cessna

Defiance

Sr.

TE

Warren, Mich./Cousino

Matt Robinette

Hanover

Sr.

TE

Otwell, Ind./Pike Central

Kyle Linville

Franklin

Jr.

WR

Speedway, Ind./H.S.

Dwayne Eubanks

Hanover

Jr.

WR

Mitchell, Ind./H.S.

Logan Worley

Franklin

Sr.

WR

Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central

Kurt Monix

Manchester

Jr.

WR

Crown Point, Ind./Lowell

Nick Schultz

Franklin

Jr.

OL

Lowell, Ind./H.S.

Colin Gallagher

Franklin

So.

OL

Valparaiso, Ind./Wheeler

Matt Money

Hanover

Sr.

OL

Oakwood, Ohio/H.S.

Rob Bowman

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

OL

New Richmond, Ohio/H.S.

Joe Noble

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

OL

Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain

Jeff Ketchum

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

OL

Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore

Justin Crosier

Bluffton

Sr.

DL

Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township

Wes Kaminski

Franklin

Sr.

DL

Huntingburg, Ind./Southridge

David O'Rourke

Franklin

Sr.

DL

Evansville, Ind./Memorial

Brett Hambrick

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

DL

Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder

Gregg Pickett

Defiance

Jr.

DL

Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este

Andy Dalton

Hanover

Jr.

LB

Guilford, Ind./East Central

Dylan Snyder

Manchester

Sr.

LB

Greenfield, Ind./Central

Tyler Hopperton

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

LB

Walton, Ky./Simon Kenton

Ryan McKee

Manchester

Sr.

LB

Elkhart, Ind./Concord

Shane Hubbard

Bluffton

Sr.

LB

Johnstown, Ohio/Big Walnut

Rory Mannering

Hanover

Sr.

DB

Walton, Ind./Lewis Cass

Brecken Kennedy

Manchester

Sr.

DB

N. Manchester, Ind./Manchester

Tony Sierra

Defiance

Jr.

DB/Ret.

Warren, Mich./Cousino

Zach Ruark

Franklin

Jr.

DB

Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian

Zack Corpe

Franklin

So.

DB

Granger, Ind./Elkhart Memorial

Will Palmer

Mount St. Joseph

So.

DB

Atlanta, Ga./Westlake

Kyle Evans

Manchester

Sr.

K

Winamac, Ind./West Central

Michael Parks

Franklin

So.

P

Shelbyville, Ind./H.S.

J.T. Bouwman

Anderson

Fr.

Ret.

Speedway, Ind./H.S.

Todd Trotter

Bluffton

Sr.

Ret.

Cincinnati, Ohio/Aiken University

 

Second Team All-HCAC

Name

School

Year

Position

Hometown/High School

Dexter Britt

Hanover

So.

QB

Louisville, Ky./Male

Reece Craig

Franklin

Sr.

RB

Bedford, Ind./North Lawrence

Marcus Spann

Anderson

So.

RB

Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern

Corey Nelson

Manchester

Fr.

RB

Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll

Rob Blundred

Mount St. Joseph

Jr.

TE

Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills

Jason A. Johnson

Bluffton

Sr.

WR

Lansing, Mich./Eastern

Todd Trotter

Bluffton

Sr.

WR

Cincinnati, Ohio/Aiken University

Joe Davidson

Anderson

Sr.

WR

Brookville, Ind./Franklin Co.

Nick Wiedenhoft

Defiance

Sr.

WR

Danbury, Ohio/H.S.

Kaleb Lingg

Earlham

So.

WR

Dayton, Ohio/Northridge

Adam Rue

Anderson

Sr.

OL

Vandalia, Ohio/Butler

Russell Krouse

Bluffton

Sr.

OL

Huntsville, Ohio/Indian Lake

Ryan Black

Defiance

Sr.

OL

Harrod, Ohio/Allen East

Ryan Hayes

Earlham

So.

OL

New Lebanon, Ohio/Dixie

Eric Taylor

Rose-Hulman

Fr.

OL

Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro

Leonard Wells

Anderson

Sr.

DL

Warsaw, Ind./H.S.

Rob Fox

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

DL

Harrison, Ohio/Colerain

Neal Ploeger

Hanover

Sr.

DL

Greensburg, Ind./North Decatur

Russell Turner II

Mount St. Joseph

So.

DL

Fairfield, Ohio/H.S.

Ajani Jones

Hanover

So.

DL

Lauderdale Lakes, Fla./Pompano Beach

Sean Brooks

Mount St. Joseph

Jr.

DL

Englewood, Ohio/Northmont

Ben Parker

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

DL

Fillmore, Ind./South Putnam

Ryan Gallagher

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

LB

Greenwood, Ind./H.S.

Hunter Robertson

Defiance

Jr.

LB

Howell, Mich./H.S.

Jordan Segner

Franklin

So.

LB

Anderson, Ind./Highland

Scott Moore

Franklin

So.

LB

Veedersburg, Ind./Fountain Central

Geoff Yost

Bluffton

Sr.

LB

North Canton, Ohio/Jackson

Kaleb Donahue

Anderson

Sr.

DB

Carmel, Ind./Heritage Christian

Tyler Huls

Franklin

Sr.

DB

Salem, Ind./H.S.

Jared Millikan

Anderson

Sr.

DB

New Castle, Ind./H.S.

Matt Green

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

DB

Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle

Cory Babbington

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

DB

Lebanon, Ohio/Henry M. Gunn Sr.

Cole Richards

Franklin

Jr.

K

Floyds Knobs, Ind./Floyd Central

Eric Schaible

Rose-Hulman

So.

P

Findlay, Ohio/H.S.

Zack Corpe

Franklin

So.

Ret.

Granger, Ind./Elkhart Memorial

 

Honorable Mention All-HCAC

Name

School

Year

Position

Hometown/High School

Nick Sharp

Anderson

Sr.

QB

Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central

Jeremy Martin

Anderson

Jr.

DL

Fishers, Ind./H.S.

Chris Byrd

Bluffton

Sr.

QB

Detroit, Mich./University Prep

Jake Luthy

Bluffton

Sr.

LB

Ida, Mich./H.S.

Oscar Vazquez-Dyer

Bluffton

Sr.

DB

Findlay, Ohio/Carey

Justin Hahn

Bluffton

Jr.

DB

Rocky River, Ohio/H.S.

Rick Powell

Defiance

Sr.

QB

Rochester, Mich./Cousino

Drew Kuesel

Defiance

Sr.

RB

Deshler, Ohio/Patrick Henry

Josh Slayton

Defiance

Fr.

DB

Fort Wayne, Ind./North Side

Jaysn Murphy

Earlham

Sr.

WR

Winchester, Ind./H.S.

Chad Wertman

Earlham

Sr.

DL

Holland, Ind./Southridge

Josh Lewis

Earlham

Sr.

DL

Newburgh, Ind./Castle

Seth Shipley

Earlham

Sr.

LB

Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee

Collin Draine

Earlham

Sr.

LB

Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison

Aaron Barth

Earlham

Sr.

LB

Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee

Justin Darden

Earlham

So.

DB

Muncie, Ind./Central

Jeremy Cook

Hanover

Sr.

RB

Batesville, Ind./H.S.

Dylan Dunlop

Hanover

So.

K

Miami, Fla./Palmetto

Matt Sieg

Hanover

Sr.

DL

Anderson, Ind./Highland

Austin Davis

Manchester

Sr.

DL

Fairfield, Ohio/H.S.

Matt Frieden

Manchester

Jr.

DB

Wabash, Ind./Northfield

Jake Butler

Manchester

Jr.

DB

South Bend, Ind./St. Joseph's

Derek Termuhlen

Mount St. Joseph

Sr.

DB

Milford, Ohio/H.S.

Jordan Nielson

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

WR

Syracuse, Utah/Clearfield

Dean Griffing

Rose-Hulman

So.

DL

Plano, Ill./Aurora Christian

Grant DePalma

Rose-Hulman

Fr.

LB

Mt. Prospect, Ill./Prospect

Brad D'Agnillo

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

DB

Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain

Jordan Martin

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

DB

Shelbyville, Ind./Triton Central

Bobby Short

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

DB

Martinsville, Ind./H.S.

 

HCAC All-Sportsmanship Team

Nick Sharp

Anderson

Senior

QB

Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central

Ben Hatfield

Bluffton

Senior

RB

Spencerville, Ohio/H.S.

James Buari

Defiance

Junior

LB

Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge

Josh Lewis

Earlham

Senior

DL

Newburgh, Ind./Castle

Nathan Ellis

Franklin

Senior

QB/WR

Plainfield, Ind./H.S.

C.J. Croft

Hanover

Junior

QB/WR

Fort Campbell, Ky./H.S.

Justin Minnich

Manchester

Senior

QB

Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll

Derek Termuhlen

Mount St. Joseph

Senior

DB

Milford, Ohio/H.S.

Bobby Short

Rose-Hulman

Senior

DB

Martinsville, Ind./H.S.