COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six Ohio Dominican football players earned recognition for their efforts on the field last season as they were selected to the 2012 OhioCollegeFootball.com All-Ohio FCS/DII Teams.
ODU had four first team honorees in senior left tackle Tyler White (Cincinnati, Ohio), freshman kicker Brent Wahle (Pataskala, Ohio), senior defensive lineman Eli Kovach (Eastlake, Ohio) and junior defensive back Justin Bell (Columbus, Ohio).
Senior center Andrew Carpenter (Cincinnati, Ohio) and senior defensive back Eisen Hardy (Pickerington, Ohio) each earned second team accolades.
White was a First Team All-GLIAC pick after helping guide the Panther offense to one of its most prolific seasons in school history. ODU ranked 13th nationally in rushing offense (244.9 yards per game), 12th in scoring offense (40.8 points per game) and eighth in passing efficiency (161.0). ODU was also 27th in total offense with 452.8 yards per game. White, who received the GLIAC Commissioner's Award this fall, recently played in the Casino Del Sol All-Star Game and is currently training for the possibility of a professional career.
Wahle authored one of the best seasons for a kicker in school history, booting 10-of-13 field goals and 57-of-58 PATs in earning Honorable Mention All-GLIAC accolades. Wahle had the highest percentage of made field goals (76.9) of any GLIAC kicker with 10 or more makes. He also led all kickers in scoring with 87 points, which was 10th in the conference. Wahle set a school record for best PAT percentage in a season at 98.5.
Despite missing four games with injury, Kovach was selected to the All-GLIAC first team and proved to be one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the conference. He finished with 21 tackles, with 8.5 going for loss, and had two sacks, one of which resulted in a safety in the opener against Virginia-Lynchburg. Kovach set a school record for career tackles for loss with 27.5.
Bell also picked up First Team All-GLIAC honors after finishing with one of the best seasons by a defensive player in school history, registering 100 tackles, becoming just the second Panther to hit that mark. He ranked 10th in the GLIAC in tackles, and also had three interceptions, one in each of the final three games of the season. Bell had a career-best 16 tackles against No. 25 Hillsdale and was named to the BSN College Defensive Player of the Week list for his efforts.
Carpenter teamed with White to form the core of the offensive line that propelled ODU's offense to its success. An Honorable Mention All-GLIAC pick, Carpenter started 42 games in his Panther career and was a member of a unit that yielded just six sacks in 2012, the fifth fewest in the nation.
Hardy made 10 starts in 2012 and was second on the team with 61 tackles. He had an interception and broke up a team-high seven passes. He made 11 tackles in consecutive games against Ashland and Findlay this fall. For his career, Hardy made 242 tackles, which ranks third in school history, and his seven career interceptions tied for third.
Ohio Dominican finished the 2012 season with an 8-3 record overall, 7-3 in the GLIAC. The Panthers finished in a tie for second in the GLIAC standings and all three of their losses came to top-25 opponents.
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