Seven Diplomats Named All-Centennial

Seven Diplomats Named All-Centennial

2014 All-Centennial Team

LANCASTER, Pa. – Seven members of the Franklin & Marshall football team earned eight spots on the All-Centennial Conference (CC) Football Team announced Tuesday. Two players earned three spots on the first team and five were named to the second team. 

Jordan Zackery and Aaron Fant all earned first team accolades while Frank Seitz, Ryan Ignatovig, A.J. Koikoi, Ryan Young and Brian Velasco landed on the second team. 

Zackery (York, Pa. / William Penn) became the 40th player in CC history to be named to the first team three times and was one of four players who were unanimous first team selections this year. He also repeated as a first team selection as a return specialist. Zachery finished the year with 71 catches for 718 yards and six scores. He led the CC in receptions per game and was fourth with 71.8 yards per game. The senior added another 281 yards on 11 kick returns and returned 15 punts for 164 yards. 

He finished his career peppered throughout F&M's record book. His 262 career receptions set a school and conference record, while his 4,612 all-purpose yards also ranked first in program history. The senior finished fourth in reception yards (2,517) and kick return yards (1,161) while his 21 reception TDs ranked fifth and his total points scored (144) was good for sixth all-time. 

Fant (Madison, N.J. / Madison) makes his way to the first team for the second straight year. The senior cornerback was limited to six games this season due to an injury, but made the best of the contests he saw action in. He finished the year with 21 tackles, three pass break ups and an interception as he often covered the opponent's top receiving threat. 

Seitz (Slingerlands, N.Y. / LaSalle) and Ignatovig (Pottstown, Pa. / Pope John Paul II) moved up a team after both received honorable mention last year. Seitz, a senior, anchored the right tackle spot while junior Ignatovig held down the left tackle spot for the Diplomats. The group finished three games this season without allowing a single sack and helped pave the way 1,898 rushing yards this season. 

Young (Monkton, Md. / Loyola Blakefield) earns second team honors for the second straight season. He led the team in tackles with 73 (47s), including seven that went for a loss and picked up 1.5 sacks. Young was seventh in the CC with 7.3 tackles per game and finished the year with eight or more tackles in five contests. The senior linebacker finished his career ranked sixth all-time in solo tackles with 143. 

Velasco (Zionsville, Pa. / Emmaus) picks up his third consecutive second team honor this season. He was third on the team with 50 tackles (39s) and added two pass breakups. A four-year starter at safety, Velasco leaves F&M as the leader in solo tackles with 173. 

Koikoi (Randallstown, Md. / St. Paul's School) made his way to the All-CC team for the first time in his career. The junior defensive linemen ranked first on the team with seven sacks and finished the year with 40 tackles, including 10 that went for a loss. He was third in the CC in sacks and eighth in tackles for a loss. 

F&M finished the year with a 5-5 record, including a 4-5 mark in CC action.