Nine Diplomats Named All-Centennial
LANCASTER, Pa. – Nine members of the Franklin & Marshall football team earned 10 spots on the 2012 All-Centennial Conference (CC) Football Team announced Tuesday. Six players landed on the first team and three were named to the second team. The six first team selections tied Johns Hopkins for the most in the conference and are the most in the John Troxell era.
E.J. Schneider, Jordan Zackery, Devin Hunter, Sam Wojciechowski, C.T. Marsh and Sam Massaro all earned first team accolades. Sami Caygoz, Kenny Provost and Brian Velasco garnered second team honors. Zackery also earned a second team nod as a kick returner.
Earning his first All-CC nod, Schneider (Barry Lakes, N.J. / Delbarton) put together the most productive season in F&M history with 2,926 total offensive yards, which ranked him second in the CC. The junior threw for 20 touchdowns and added four more on the ground with 437 rushing yards while also leading the conference with a pass efficiency rating of 145.5. Schneider earned Player of the Week honors twice this season and has put together 300-yard plus passing performances on three occasions with a career-high 380 against Gettysburg.
Zackery (York, Pa. / William Penn) led the conference and ranked 13th in the country with 7.67 receptions per game to earn his first postseason honor. He caught 69 passes for 559 yards and scored five touchdowns this season. The sophomore ranked first on the team and fifth in the conference with 112.3 all-purpose yards per game. He was also a threat from the return position with a 12.9 punt return average, and a kick return average of 20.7 yards per return.
Hunter (Collingdale, Pa. / Academy Park) is making his first All-CC team at tight end. The senior hauled in 11 passes for 168 yards and one touchdown. Hunter earned Player of the Week honors for his punting abilities when he averaged 47.8 yards on four punts, including a 59-yarder, and placed two inside the 20-yard line, giving the Diplomats a field position advantage in a 36-28 win over Dickinson.
Wojciechowski (Larchmont, N.Y. / Mamaroneck) protected Schneider's blind side from his left tackle position while Caygoz (Lake Hopatcong, N.J. / Jefferson Township) anchored the offensive line at center. Together, the pair helped pave the way for 1,450 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground with 409.7 yards and 28.7 points per game. The line ranked first in the conference and 25th in the nation by only allowing 11 sacks this season. The All-CC honors are the first for both seniors.
Marsh (Phoenix, Md. / Loyola-Blakefield) appears on the first team for the first time in his career, earning second team honors the last two seasons as a defensive linemen. The senior led the team in sacks with 6.5 and tackles for a loss with 12 to go along with 50 tackles (30 solo). Earlier this year, Marsh became the all-time leader in sacks in the CC and currently has 32.5 career sacks and 58.0 career tackles for a loss, which rank him first on the F&M career list.
After earning first team honors his sophomore season and a second team selection as a freshman, Massaro (Old Tappan, N.J. / Northern Valley Old Tappan) returns to the first team after missing last year due to an injury. He led the team with 73 tackles from his linebacker spot, 15 more than the next closest player. The senior had 2.5 sacks with two interceptions to anchor the F&M defense that ranked fourth in the conference and was named Player of the Week twice this season.
Provost (Petoskey, Mich. / Petoskey) makes his way to the second team for the second year in a row. He had 50 stops (26 solo) on the season, with 1.5 sacks and six tackles for a loss.
Velasco (Zionsville, Pa. / Emmaus) anchored the secondary that ranked second in the conference to earn his first postseason honor. He was second on the team in tackles with 58 (41 solo), had three tackles for loss, two pass breakups and one interception.
Muhlenberg had two players named to the first team to raise its all-time total to 124. Johns Hopkins is second with 120, followed by Dickinson (113), F&M (110), McDaniel (84), Ursinus (77), Gettysburg (73), Moravian (13), Susquehanna (10) and Juniata (1).
F&M finished the regular season with a 7-3 overall record and a 6-3 mark in conference play. The Diplomats will wrap up their season this Saturday when F&M hosts Albright in the Southeast ECAC Bowl at 12:00 noon.