Wahle Named D2Football.com All-American, Conley Finishes Second in Ohio Coach of the Year Voting

Wahle Named D2Football.com All-American, Conley Finishes Second in Ohio Coach of the Year Voting

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior kicker Brent Wahle (Pataskala, Ohio) was named an Honorable Mention All-American by D2Football.com on Tuesday, and head coach Bill Conley finished second in the Columbus Dispatch voting of Ohio College Football Coach of the Year over the weekend.

This is the third postseason All-American award for Wahle. He was also named to the AFCA and AP All-American lists.

A two-time First Team All-GLIAC pick, Wahle made 19-of-24 kicks and all 44 of his extra points to lead ODU in scoring this year 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.

Other 2014 postseason awards for Wahle include BSN, Daktronics and Don Hansen All-Region selections. Prior to the year, he was a consensus preseason All-American.

Conley, meanwhile, trailed just Urban Meyer in balloting that was conducted by the head coaches in the state. He picked up one first place vote and garnered 24 total points.

The Panthers finished the season with an 11-2 record, reaching the NCAA Regional Quarterfinals. ODU won the GLIAC South Division championship and finished the year ranked No. 4 in the AFCA poll.

The Panthers beat three ranked teams over the course of the year, all on the road – at No. 18 Grand Valley State (28-24) on Sept. 13, at No. 17 Colorado Mines (34-23) on Nov. 22 and at No. 4 Ferris State (46-33) on Nov. 29.

ODU won a pair of road playoff games and fell 31-28 to eventual national champion Colorado State-Pueblo in the national quarterfinals. In Pueblo's other three postseason games, the Thunderwolves allowed just 21 total points.

In his five years leading ODU, Conley has a 38-18 (.679) record. The Panthers won the GLIAC title in 2013 and also qualified for the postseason last year.

Contact: Scott Miles
miless@ohiodominican.edu