Eight Diplomats Recognized by Centennial Conference
LANCASTER, Pa. - Eight members of Franklin & Marshall College's football team were recognized at nine positions by the Centennial Conference's (CC) coaches when the all-league team was announced on Monday.
Five players were named to the All-Centennial First Team, with two players earning honors on either side of the football and one on special teams. Tight end, Matt Jenschke (Sr./ Pottstown, PA/Owen J. Roberts) and offensive lineman, Steve Paveglio (Sr./Flanders, NJ/West Morris Mendham) landed on the top offensive unit. Middle linebacker, James Gergory (Sr./Rockville, MD/ Winston Churchill), and cornerback, Barry Lovett (Jr./Brooklyn, NY/Poly Prep), were named to the top defense. George Eager (Jr./Lititz, PA/Manhiem Twp.) earned first team honors as the kick returner.
Eager was also named to the All-CC Second Team on offense as a wide receiver. Defensive tackle, Alex Pastore (Sr./Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) and safety, Jeff Kellar (Jr./State College, PA/State College), were named to the second team defense. Zach Romash (Sr./Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield) earned an honorable mention at linebacker.
Used primarily in a blocking role, Jenschke made the most of his time in the passing game, turning four of his seven catches into touchdowns. He averaged 10.4 yards per reception, finishing the season with 73 yards. Steve Paveglio was the key cog on an offensive line that limited opponents to 10 sacks in eight league games. F&M avaerged 298.8 yards and scored 28 touchdowns during conference play in 2008.
Gregory, an honorable mention at linebacker last year, earned first team honors this season. Gregory recorded 84 tackles (46 solo), three sacks, two interceptions, a pair of pass breakups and recovered a fumble.
Lovett makes his first All-Centennial appearance after rolling up 36 tackles (29 solo, five for losses), two interceptions and four pass breakups. He also forced and recovered a fumble on the year.
Eager entered the season's final week as the third ranked kick returner in the nation averaging over 32 yards per kick return. In conference play, he averaged 27.0 yards on 18 kickoff returns, and went 85-yards for a touchdown against Dickinson. Eager's presence forced teams to kick away, and often out of bands in the latter half of the season.
As a receiver, Eager caught F&M's two longest touchdowns of the season, scoring from 67 and 65 yards. He was named to the second team for the second time in as many seasons. His five receiving touchdowns ranked third amongst the league's top receivers during league play. Overall, Eager caught 51 passes for 637 yards and six touchdowns.
Kellar is making his first All-Centennial appearance following a season in which he posted 55 tackles (39 solo) which was third on the team. Kellar picked off three passes, returning one 51 yards for a touchdown - the second touchdown return of his career. He also broke up four passes. Kellar is the only F&M all-conference selection to also have earned a place on the Centennial's Academic Honor Roll.
Pastore counted three sacks amongst his 18 tackles, setting back offenses 20 yards. He broke up a pass and forced a fumble from his spot on the line.
Romash made earned his first honor after leading F&M's defense in total tackles (87), solo tackles (54), tackles for losses (10) and fumbles recovered (2). He recorded a sack, an interception, and a pass breakup.
Franklin & Marshall finished the season at 4-6 under the direction of third-year head coach, John Troxell. The Diplomats went 3-5 in league play. The nine all-conference honors mark six more awards than the squad garnered a season ago.