BAY CITY, Mich. – Ohio Dominican's football team landed a league-best 17 players on the All-GLIAC squad, including a conference-best six First Team selections, in voting conducted by the conference's head coaches.
This is the second straight year the Panthers have earned the most all-conference selections. In 2013, ODU had 20 players earn All-GLIAC recognition.
First team selections included senior Perrin Cunningham (Cincinnati, Ohio) and juniors Billy Eakins (Pickerington, Ohio), Sydney Omameh (Columbus, Ohio), Austin Osborne (Jackson, Ohio), Dez Stewart (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Brent Wahle (Pataskala, Ohio).
Earning second team honors were juniors Jerad Butler (Nevada, Ohio), Ben Copher (Dayton, Ohio), Di'Andre Harrison (Columbus, Ohio), Brandon Schoen (Lewis Center, Ohio) and Warren Shields (Richwood, Ohio).
Picking up honorable mention accolades were senior Mark Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio) and juniors Cody Culbertson (Galloway, Ohio), Da'Twane Harris (Cleveland, Ohio), Michael Koehlke (West Chester, Ohio), Hunter Maynard (Ashville, Ohio) and Brad McCurdy (Columbus, Ohio).
Ohio Dominican, ranked No. 9 by the AFCA and No. 8 by D2Football.com, takes on Colorado School of Mines at 12 p.m. (MT) on Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA playoffs. The Orediggers are No. 17 in the AFCA poll and No. 21 in the D2Football.com rankings.
Cunningham: The Panthers' left guard earned Second Team All-GLIAC honors last year. He's made 31 starts in his three years with ODU and played a key role in the line yielding just four sacks this season, the third fewest in the nation.
Eakins: He earned Second Team All-GLIAC honors last year and intercepted four passes this fall, giving him a school-record 10 for his career. Eight of those 10 picks have come in the end zone or red zone. Eakins has started 30 games in his career and has registered 55 tackles, which is third on the team.
Omameh: He earned Second Team All-GLIAC accolades last year and set a school record with 14.5 tackles for loss this fall. In his career, he has 28.0 tackles for loss, which is also a record, and has 13.5 sacks, which is second all-time.
Osborne: Injuries pushed Osborne into a starting role this year and he delivered, earning GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after making 11 tackles (six in the fourth quarter alone) against Grand Valley. He leads the team with 64 tackles and is second with10.5 tackles for loss.
Stewart: This is the second consecutive First Team All-GLIAC award for Stewart, who leads the Panthers with 47 catches for 772 yards and eight scores. He has 1,910 career receiving yards, which is fourth in school history, and has six career 100 yard receiving games.
Wahle: This also the second First Team All-GLIAC nod for ODU's kicker, who is one of the best in the nation. He's made 16 field goals this year, including longs of 51 and 53 yards. For his career, he has hit 47 field goals, including eight makes of 45 yards or longer.
Butler: The Panthers' starting tight end had career highs of four catches for 50 yards against Walsh this year. He finished with 15 catches on the year and also scored a touchdown in the win over Walsh. He caught at least one pass in all but two games.
Copher: The Panthers' left tackle has started every game this fall and played a big role in the Panthers' offensive success. ODU has allowed just four sacks and the Panthers are averaging over 440 yards per game. He was named the team's lineman of the week twice this fall.
Harrison: This is Harrison's second straight Second Team All-GLIAC selection. He has 38 tackles (6.0 for loss) and 3.5 sacks this fall and is ODU's all-time sacks leader with 17.0 in his career. He ranks third on ODU's all-time list with 26.5 tackles for loss.
Schoen: ODU's all-time leading rusher with 3,089 career, Schoen is 23 yards away from his third straight 1,000 yard season. He also earned Second Team All-GLIAC honors last fall. Schoen has ODU's rushing touchdown record (27) as well and is 17th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 158.9 per game.
Shields: The junior earned First Team All-GLIAC honors last year and ranks fourth on the Panthers with 54 tackles (5.0 for loss). He's made 197 stops in his career, which is eighth-most in school history. He had a season-high 10 tackles against Ferris State.
Culbertson: The junior has split time between linebacker and safety this fall and has totaled 62 tackles (8.5 for loss) on the year. He's also forced three fumbles and leads the team with 10 pass break ups. Culbertson was a first team honoree last year.
Harris: The junior, who also earned honorable mention accolades last year, has helped anchor a pass defense that allows just over 180 yards per game. He's made 30 tackles and broken up five passes while forcing two fumbles and intercepting a pass at Walsh.
Koehlke: The junior started seven games for ODU this fall and has made 19 career starts for the Panthers. He's helped pave the way for Schoen to rank amongst the GLIAC's best rushers along with protecting Miller.
Maynard: In his first season with the Panthers, Maynard helped anchor a defensive front that held opponents to just 122.6 rushing yards per game and 3.9 yards per carry. He finished with 14 tackles (2.0 for loss) and forced a fumble at Lake Erie.
McCurdy: He earned honorable mention accolades in 2013 as well and has 53 tackles with two interceptions this fall. McCurdy has 171 tackles in his career along with six interceptions. He tied a career high with 10 tackles against Ferris State.
Miller: This is the third straight Honorable Mention All-GLIAC selection for Miller, who has thrown for 7,192 yards and 68 touchdowns in his career while completing 65.7 percent of his passes. Miller ranks fifth nationally in 2014 in completion percentage (67.7 percent) and has 20 touchdown passes. He set a career high with five TD passes against Ashland.
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