Football Quintet Selected to Don Hansen All-Region Team

Football Quintet Selected to Don Hansen All-Region Team

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Junior Dez Stewart (Cincinnati, Ohio) and senior Perrin Cunningham (Cincinnati, Ohio) were named to the Don Hansen First Team All-Region list and three others also picked up all-region accolades.

Garnering second team all-region honors were juniors Billy Eakins (Pickerington, Ohio), Austin Osborne (Jackson, Ohio) and Brent Wahle (Pataskala, Ohio).

Stewart finished the season with 62 catches for 1,155 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had five 100 yard receiving games and caught at least one touchdown in nine games. He finished with four catches for 166 yards and a score in the playoff win at Colorado Mines, and he followed that with six catches for 137 yards and a TD at Ferris State. Stewart, a two-time First Team All-GLIAC selection, finished with the third most yards and touchdowns in single-season history and the fifth most receptions.

Cunningham is also a First Team All-GLIAC honoree and also earned Daktronics First Team All-Region honors, as well as BSN All-Region accolades. He made 34 starts in his career and was the lone senior on the ODU offensive line this fall. A team captain, Cunningham helped the Panthers average 444.5 yards per game and 35.6 points per game.

Eakins also earned First Team All-GLIAC honors in addition to BSN All-Region honors and ranked third on the team with 72 tackles (51 solo) this fall, tying for a team-high four interceptions. Eakins has ODU's career record in interceptions with 10, and he also broke up 13 passes this fall, most on the team. A Second Team All-GLIAC pick last year, Eakins ranks ninth in school history with 193 tackles, and his 34 passes defended are a school record.

Osborne broke onto the scene this fall to lead the Panthers with 96 tackles (15.0 for loss) while forcing four fumbles and returning an interception for a touchdown. A First Team All-GLIAC and a BSN All-Region pick, Osborne earned GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after helping ODU beat Grand Valley earlier this year. His 15.0 tackles for loss are second-most in ODU single-season history and his 93 tackles are tied for sixth.

Wahle, an AFCA All-American and two-time First Team All-GLIAC pick, made 19-of-24 kicks and all 44 of his extra points to lead ODU in scoring with 101 points. He made 13 of his last 14 field goals on the season, with a long of 53 yards, and also made kicks of 51 and 49. Wahle holds every school record in place kicking, having made 50 field goals in his three seasons, along with 146 extra points. He's tallied 296 points for the Panthers as well.

Ohio Dominican closed its season with an 11-2 record overall, reaching the Super Region Four finals before falling 31-28 to Colorado State-Pueblo. The Panthers were ranked in the top-16 in the nation all season and made their second straight NCAA postseason appearance. Overall, ODU has a 25-3 record in its last 28 games.

Contact: Scott Miles