LANCASTER, Pa. – Fifteen members of the Franklin & Marshall football team earned spots on the All-Centennial Football Team, while John Troxell was named Coach of the Year and Joe Granahan garnered Defensive Player of the Year. Eight earned a spot on the first team, five landed on the second team and two received honorable mention.
The 15 selections are the most in school history and in the conference this year. The honors mark the second consecutive year 10 or members have earned All-CC recognition. F&M's total is up to 134 first team all-time selections, which is third among CC schools.
John Troxell picked up his second Coach of the Year award, also earning the honor in 2009. Troxell led F&M to a 9-1, 8-1 CC regular season record as F&M won its first CC Championship since 2004 and a postseason berth for the sixth time in the last nine seasons.
Four first-team selections came on offense with Tanner Erisman, Taalib Gerald, K.J. Pretty and Brian Denoncour earning spots. Four more came from the defensive unit as Joe Granahan, Michael Sullivan, Vincent Speranza and Vincent Moffett all made their way to the first team. A.J. Gasser represented the offense on the second team with Brendan Kilkenny, Bobby McDevitt, Ben Okun and Jeff Leone all earning second-team honors on defense. Dillon Alderfer and Kevin Lammers received honorable mention - Alderfer as a wideout and Lammers as a return specialist.
Junior defensive end Joe Granahan (Garnet Valley, Pa. / Garnet Valley) is the second F&M player to win Defensive Player of the Year, following Jack Savage '89. He also earned a spot on the first team for the second consecutive year after leading the conference in sacks with 13 and finishing fourth in tackles for the loss at 14.5. Granahan has 47 tackles (34s) this season with three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and an interception.
Vincent Speranza (Syosset, N.Y. / Chaminade) makes his way to the All-CC Team for the first time. He joined Granahan as one of just three players to be named a unanimous first-team selection. The junior has 29 tackles (18s) with 9.5 tackles for a loss, including 4.5 sacks from his outside linebacker spot. Michael Sullivan (Eastchester, N.Y. / Iona Prep) moves up the first team after making the second team last season. Sullivan had 15 stops (6s) with three tackles for a loss, including two sacks as a defensive lineman.
Vincent Moffett (Philadelphia, Pa. / St. Joe's Prep.) earned a spot for the third consecutive year. The senior safety earned first-team honors a year ago and landed on the second team in 2015. He was second on the team with 53 tackles (33s) to go along with two pass break-ups and one interception.
Quarterback Tanner Erisman (Washington Boro, Pa. / Penn Manor) ranks in the top in the CC in multiple categories as he earned a postseason award for the first time. The junior leads the conference and ranks in the top-20 nationwide with a 163.0 pass efficiency (17th), 26 passing touchdowns (20th), and 204 points responsible for (13) while placing third in the CC with 2,333 passing yards after completing 183-of-279 passes.
Junior wideout K.J. Pretty (Bethlehem, Pa. / Freedom) picks up his first postseason award after leading the conference and ranking in the top-20 around the nation in a handful of categories. Pretty's 114.4 yards per game and 18 touchdowns lead the conference while also ranking 14th and 18th nationally. He amassed more than 100 yards in all but two games this season, including a career-high 208 against Juniata and found the end zone multiple times in five games.
Taalib Gerald (Egg Harbor Township, N.J. / Holy Spirit) makes his way back to the All-CC team after receiving honorable mention last year. The senior running back leads the CC in rushing touchdowns with 11 and ranks second with 849 yards. Earlier this season he became the fourth player in program history to reach 2,000 yards, and in the regular-season finale, he reset the all-time rushing touchdown record with three scores.
Sophomore Brian Denoncour (Broomall, Pa. / The Haverford School) and senior A.J. Gasser (Hazleton, Pa. / Hazleton Area) anchored a line that paved the way for 1,448 rushing yards and helped the offense rack up 393.9 yards per game. Denoncour earned All-CC honors for the first after grading out at 90 percent with 30 knockdowns at left tackle and Gasser ended the regular season with a 90 percent blocking score and 54 knock downs at right guard to earn his first postseason award.
Brendan Kilkenny, Bobby McDevitt, Ben Okun and Jeff Leone all earned All-CC recognition for the first time in their careers. A junior defensive lineman Kilkenny (Ramsey, N.J. / Ramsey) had 10 stops and 3.5 for a loss, while junior McDevitt (Philadelphia, Pa. / Archbishop Ryan) ended the regular season with 34 tackles (23s) and 4.5 tackles for a loss, including 1.5 sacks from his inside linebacker spot. Senior safety Okun (Newbury Park, Calif. / Newbury Park) led the team with 63 tackles (48s) with two interceptions and five pass break ups while Leone (Scarsdale, N.Y. / Scarsdale), a senior cornerback, had 29 tackles (26s) to go along with 12 pass break ups and two picks.
Senior Dillon Alderfer (Worcester, Pa. / Methacton) received honorable mention as a wide out, with 48 catches for 625 yards and seven scores. Kevin Lammers (Haddon Heights, N.J. / Bishop Eustace Prep.) also received honorable mention for the first time in his career as return specialist. The sophomore returned 13 kickoffs this year and averaged 19.7 yards a return and 10.3 yards on 12 punt returns.
F&M hosts Widener on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. in the Centennial-MAC Bowl.