November 14, 2012

Mount’s Clay & Franklin’s Corpe Headline All-HCAC Football Selections

GREENWOOD, IN – Franklin Collegeled the conference with 12 players on the 2012 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team, including the conference’s Defensive Most Valuable Player.  Franklin’s Zack Corpe (Granger, Ind./Elkhart Memorial) has been named the HCAC Defiance Most Valuable Player for the first time, while Mount St. Joseph’s James Clay (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) picked up the HCAC Offensive Most Valuable Player award. 

 

Manchester’s Kyle Evans (Winamac, Ind./West Central) was honored as Special Teams Most Valuable Player for the second straight season, while MU head coach Shannon Griffith garnered Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his career.

 

BlufftonUniversity’s Calib Alexander (Ocala, Fla./St. John Lutheran) and Franklin College’s Keaton Lyons (Rensselaer, Ind./Central) were also named Co-Freshman of the Year for their efforts this fall.

 

Clay, a senior running back for the Lions, rushed for 2,124 yards this season to lead all NCAA divisions.  The senior averaged 212.4 yards per game, while amassing 21 rushing touchdowns and two receiving scores.  During conference play, Clay averaged a HCAC-record 220.2 rushing yards per contest and crossed the goal line 17 times.  The Louisville native crossed the 200-yard mark rushing eight times in ten games, including a conference-record 342-yard performance against Anderson.

 

Corpe, a junior defensive back for Franklin, led the Grizzlies defense in a quest for a HCAC title this season.  The junior led the conference with seven interceptions and 13 passes defended.  Corpe also contributed 57 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles this season.  As a team, Franklin led the HCAC in total defense (294.7 ypg) and scoring defense (18.6 ppg).

 

Evans, a senior kicker and punter for Manchester, scored 48 points for the Spartans this season.  The senior converted five-of-seven field goals and 33-of-35 extra points this fall, averaging 4.8 points per game.  Evans booted 50 punts for a 39.4 yards per punt average and placed 15 punts inside the opponent’s 20 yard line. 

 

Alexander, a freshman running back and kick returner for Bluffton, played in all 10 games for the Beavers this season.  The freshman totaled 445 yards rushing, 189 yards receiving, and five touchdowns this fall.  He also added 302 kickoff return yards.  Lyons, a freshman outside linebacker for Franklin, played in eight games for the Grizzlies and led the team with 11.5 tackles for loss.  Lyons added six sacks, two rumble recoveries, and 39 tackles his rookie season.

 

ManchesterUniversityhead coach Shannon Griffith has been selected as the HCAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career.  He guided the Spartans to their first winning season since 1997 and finished second in the HCAC standings with a 6-2 league mark.  Manchester closed the season with six straight wins, including a 38-0 triumph over rival Anderson.

 

 

Offensive Most Valuable Player: James Clay, College of Mount St. Joseph

 

Defensive Most Valuable Player: Zack Corpe, Franklin College

 

Special Teams Most Valuable Player: Kyle Evans, Manchester University

 

Co-Freshman of the Year:Calib Alexander, Bluffton University & Keaton Lyons, Franklin College

 

Coach of the Year: Shannon Griffith, Manchester University

 

First Team All-HCAC

 

Name

 

School

 

Year

 

Position

 

Hometown/High School

Jonny West

Franklin

Jr.

QB

Avon, Ind./Speedway

James Clay

MountSt. Joseph

Sr.

RB

Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual

Spencer Corrao

Hanover

So.

RB

New Albany, Ind./Providence

Ryne Lehrman

Manchester

Jr.

TE

Hoagland, Ind./H.S.

Kyle Linville

Franklin

Jr.

WR

Speedway, Ind./H.S.

Dan Passafiume

Hanover

Sr.

WR

Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier

Kurt Monix

Manchester

Sr.

WR/Ret.

Crown Point, Ind./Lowell

Shawn Frost

Bluffton

Jr.

WR

Edison, Ohio/Mt. Gilead

Nick Schultz

Franklin

Sr.

OL

Lowell, Ind./H.S.

Brooks Bemis

Franklin

Sr.

OL

Bargersville, Ind./Center Grove

Trey Cahill

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

OL

Auburn, Ind./DeKalb

Phil Wiehe

MountSt. Joseph

Jr.

OL

Waynesville, Mo./H.S.

Colin Gallagher

Franklin

Jr.

OL

Valparaiso, Ind./Wheeler

Thomas Gingrich

Bluffton

Sr.

OL

Goshen, Ind./H.S.

Dominique Boyd

Franklin

Jr.

DL

Louisville, Ky./DeSales

Dean Griffing

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

DL

Plano, Ill./Aurora Christian

Andrew Leverenz

Defiance

Jr.

DL

Clinton, Mich./H.S.

Ajani Jones

Hanover

Jr.

DL

Lauderdale Lakes, Fla./Pompano Beach

Gregg Pickett

Defiance

Sr.

DL

Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este

Josh Bales

Franklin

Sr.

DL

Morgantown, Ind./Indian Creek

Grant DePalma

Rose-Hulman

So.

LB

Mt. Prospect, Ill./Prospect

Andy Dalton

Hanover

Sr.

LB

Guilford, Ind./East Central

Jordan Segner

Franklin

Jr.

LB

Anderson, Ind./Highland

Scott Moore

Franklin

Jr.

LB

Veedersburg, Ind./Fountain Central

Ben Kaufman

Bluffton

Sr.

LB

Ottawa, Ohio/Ottawa Glandorf

Zack Corpe

Franklin

Jr.

DB/Ret.

Granger, Ind./Elkhart Memorial

Jake Butler

Manchester

Sr.

DB

South Bend, Ind./St.Joseph’s

Justin Hahn

Bluffton

Sr.

DB

Rocky River, Ohio/H.S.

Jordan Martin

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

DB

Shelbyville, Ind./Triton Central

Matt Forry

Defiance

Sr.

DB

Bowling Green, Ohio/Otsego

Kyle Evans

Manchester

Sr.

K

Winamac, Ind./West Central

Michael Parks

Franklin

Jr.

P

Shelbyville, Ind./H.S.

Dante Dinkins

Manchester

Sr.

Specialist

East Chicago, Ind./Central

Grant Welp

Franklin

So.

Specialist

Bretzville, Ind./Forest Park

 

 

 

 

 

Second Team All-HCAC

 

Name

School

Year

Position

Hometown/High School

Dexter Britt

Hanover

Jr.

QB

Louisville, Ky./Male

Nick Williams

Manchester

Jr.

QB

Ft. Wayne, Ind./Elmhurst

Luke Hamm

Franklin

Sr.

RB

New Castle, Ind./Shenandoah

Kyle Kovach

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

RB

Munster, Ind./Andrean

Mike Klekotka

MountSt. Joseph

Jr.

FB

Miami, Fla./Palmetto Sr.

Dwayne Eubanks

Hanover

Sr.

WR

Mitchell, Ind./H.S.

Jon Carrabino

Defiance

Sr.

WR

Monroe, Mich./H.S.

Aaron Abbott

Rose-Hulman

Fr.

WR

Lebanon, Ohio/H.S.

Jacob Dye

Rose-Hulman

Fr.

WR

Tipton, Ind./H.S.

ColtonZeck

Hanover

Sr.

WR

Galveston, Ind./Lewis Cass

David Mango

Bluffton

Sr.

OL

Fishers, Ind./H.S.

Brandon Keller

MountSt. Joseph

So.

OL

Flowery Branch, Ga./H.S.

Eric Courter

Manchester

Jr.

OL

Carmel, Ind./H.S.

Ryan Hahn

Hanover

So.

OL

Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands

Seth Kimberlin

Defiance

Sr.

OL

Plymouth, Ohio/H.S.

Adam Cantwell

Manchester

Jr.

OL

Elkhart, Ind./Concord

Stephen Coble

Manchester

So.

DL

Edwardsburg, Mich./H.S.

PrestonHuddleston

Bluffton

Sr.

DL

Benton Harbor, Mich./Eau Claire

Jake Stilwell

Hanover

Fr.

DL

Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights

Aron Miller

Manchester

Sr.

DL

LaGrange, Ind./Lakeland

D.J. Brigham

Defiance

Sr.

DL

Howell, Mich./H.S.

Zach Dashner

Manchester

Jr.

LB

South Bend, Ind./Washington

Alex Van Cleve

Franklin

Jr.

LB

Evansville, Ind./Mater Dei

Josh Runda

Bluffton

Jr.

LB

Lima, Ohio/Bath

BlaineMcGowan

Defiance

Jr.

LB

South Haven, Mich./H.S.

Hunter Robertson

Defiance

Sr.

LB

Howell, Mich./H.S.

Brandon Foster

Hanover

Jr.

LB

Haubstadt, Ind./Gibson Southern

Jorry Matherson

Defiance

Fr.

DB

Columbia, Md./Atholton

Dominique Chester

Bluffton

Sr.

DB

Mansfield, Ohio/Madison Comprehensive

Matt Frieden

Manchester

Sr.

DB

Wabash, Ind./Northfield

Joe Frakes

MountSt. Joseph

Sr.

DB

Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton Township

Kaleb Lingg

Earlham

Jr.

DB

Dayton, Ohio/Northridge

Cole Richards

Franklin

Sr.

K

Floyds Knobs, Ind./Floyd Central

Eric Schaible

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

P

Findlay, Ohio/H.S.

Leon Williams

Anderson

Jr.

Ret.

High Springs, Fla./Santa Fe

Dan Passafiume

Hanover

Sr.

Ret.

Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier

 

Honorable Mention All-HCAC

 

Name

School

Year

Position

Hometown/High School

Marcus Spann

Anderson

Jr.

RB

Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern

Leon Williams

Anderson

Jr.

WR

High Springs, Fla./Santa Fe

Keith Thomas

Anderson

Jr.

WR

Merrillville, Ind./H.S.

Bobby Gaard

Anderson

So.

OL

Sheridan, Ind./H.S.

Jason Samuels

Anderson

So.

DL

Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central

Ben Southards

Anderson

Fr.

LB

Eureka, Mo./H.S.

Nate Moser

Anderson

So.

LB

Bremen, Ind./Penn

Tyler Ganus

Anderson

Jr.

DB

Buchanan, Mich./H.S.

Mitch Tuttle

Anderson

Jr.

DB

Greensburg, Ind./H.S.

Tyler Wright

Bluffton

Jr.

QB

Troy, Ohio/H.S.

Ryan Sabin

Bluffton

Sr.

WR

Canal Winchester, Ohio/H.S.

Mike Johnson

Bluffton

Sr.

LB

Browns Mills, NJ/Pemberton Township

Tre Stephens

Earlham

So.

RB

Terre Haute, Ind./South

Jalen Kenner

Earlham

Fr.

WR

Reserve, La./East St. John

Marcus Coby

Earlham

Fr.

WR

Coral Springs, Fla./Heritage

Bryan James

Earlham

Jr.

OL

Upland, Ind./Eastbrook

Ryan Hayes

Earlham

Jr.

OL

New Lebanon, Ohio/Dixie

Nate McCormack

Earlham

Jr.

DL

Cicero, Ind./Hamilton Heights

Justin Darden

Earlham

Jr.

DB

Muncie, Ind./Central

Dakota McElley

Earlham

Sr.

DB

Lawrenceburg, Ind./H.S.

Colin Gallagher

Franklin

Jr.

DL

Valparaiso, Ind./Wheeler

Shawn Gibson

Hanover

Sr.

WR

Indianapolis, Ind./Southport

Tom Call

Hanover

Jr.

DL

Spring, Tex./Klein Oak

Kyle Evans

Manchester

Sr.

P

Winamac, Ind./West Central

Evan West

Manchester

So.

LB

Hartford City, Ind./Blackford

Tim Bowman

MountSt. Joseph

Fr.

DL

Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota East

Russell Turner

MountSt. Joseph

Jr.

DL

Fairfield, Ohio/H.S.

Garrett Breiner

MountSt. Joseph

Jr.

LB

Louisville, Ky./Male

Juan Gomez

MountSt. Joseph

So.

LB

John’s Creek, Ga./Chatahoochee

Konnor Blevins

MountSt. Joseph

So.

LB

Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West

Mitch Snyder

Rose-Hulman

Sr.

QB

Casey, Ill./Casey-Westfield

Kie Bates

Rose-Hulman

Jr.

OL

Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis

 

 

 

HCAC All-Sportsmanship Team

 

Ben Southards

Anderson

Freshman

LB

Eureka, Mo./H.S.

Eric Wilfer

Bluffton

Senior

LB

Bloomville, Ohio/Buckeye Central

Josh Slayton

Defiance

Sophomore

DB

Ft. Wayne, Ind./North Side

Bob Endicott

Earlham

Senior

OL/DL

Vero Beach, Fla./Sebastian River

Luke Hamm

Franklin

Senior

RB

New Castle, Ind./Shenandoah

Brian Robertson

Hanover

Senior

DL

Florence, Ky./Boone Co.

Aron Miller

Manchester

Senior

DL

LaGrange, Ind./Lakeland

Ben Mocahbee

MountSt. Joseph

Senior

DL

Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas

Jordan Martin

Rose-Hulman

Senior

DB

Shelbyville, Ind./Triton Central

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