LANCASTER, Pa. – Ten members of the Franklin & Marshall football team earned 11 spots on the 2013 All-Centennial Conference (CC) Football Team announced Tuesday. Six players earned seven first team honors, two were named to the second team and two received honorable mention. The seven first team selections ties Johns Hopkins for the most in the conference and are the most in the John Troxell era.
E.J. Schneider, Jordan Zackery, Sam Dickinson, Brendan Wengerter, Aaron Fant and Brian Velasco all earned first team accolades. Tim Muller and Ryan Young landed on the second team while Frank Seitz and Ryan Ignatovig received honorable mention. Zackery also earned a first team selection as a kick returner.
Schneider (Barry Lakes, N.J. / Delbarton) makes his way to the first team for the second year in a row. The senior led the conference and ranked fifth in the country in total offense (3,079) with 2,300 passing yards and another 779 yards on the ground. Schneider threw for 16 scores and ran in 12 more, and currently ranks fourth at F&M in TD's responsible for in a season. His 12 rushing touchdowns currently has him tied for first for the most rushing scores in a season.
Zackery (York, Pa. / William Penn) picked up his second first team honor at receiver and first as a returner, earning second team honors last year. The junior hauled in 62 passes for 753 yards and seven scores. He put together the second best punt return average in the country with an 18.9 average and also scored on two punt returns. Zackery added 573 yards on 23 kick returns and took over the top spot in F&M history for all-purpose yards in a season with 1,674.
Wengerter (Cresskill, N.J. / Cresskill) was second in the conference with 11.1 tackles per game and led the conference with 12 sacks , which ranked sixth nationwide, to earn his first postseason honor. The senior led the team with 111 tackles (68 s), 16.5 went for a loss and finished seven games with double-digit tackles, including a career-high 17 against Dickinson.
Fant (Madison, N.J. / Madison) had a team-best five interceptions with nine pass breakups, both ranked second in the conference, this year and led a defensive unit that only gave up 179.9 passing yards per game.
Velasco (Zionsville, Pa. / Emmaus) makes his was to the All-CC team for the second year in a row as he garnered second team honors last year. The junior was was fourth on the team with 62 tackles (49s), broke up five passes and finished with two tackles for a loss an interception.
Dickinson (Madison, Conn. / Daniel Hand), Seitz (Slingerlands, N.Y. / LaSalle) and Ignatovig (Pottstown, Pa. / Pope John Paul II) made up one of best lines in the country, allowing just six sacks all year on 342 pass attempts, which ranked fifth nationwide. The group finished six games this year without allowing a single sack and helped pave the way for 1,717 rushing yards.
Muller (Pound Ridge, N.Y. / Fox Lane) grabbed 51 catches and had 496 receiving yards this season. The senior scored five times to earn his first postseason honor.
Young (Monkton, Md. / Loyola Blakefield) was second on the team in tackles with 93 (54 s), including two sacks and nine tackles for a loss. He had two sacks, two pass break ups and had double-digit tackles in six contest this year, including two 15-tackle performances.
F&M finished the regular season at 6-4, 6-3 CC and will travel to Delaware Valley on Saturday to take on the Aggies at 12:00 p.m. in the ECAC Southeast Bowl Game.