Beiler Highlights ODAC All-Region Honors
ODAC Places 13 on D3football.com All-South Teams
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. --- Bridgewater
College's Tyler Beiler learned of another major honor on Thursday
following the announcement of the 2010 D3football.com
All-Region Teams. The Eagles' receiver was tabbed the South
Region Player of the Year, highlighting a contingent of 13
student-athletes from the ODAC schools honored amongst the first,
second and third team all-region lists. The conference placed
five players on the first team alone.
Joining Beiler on the All-South First Team are Emory & Henry running back Caleb Jennings and a trio of Hampden-Sydney College Tigers in linebacker Trevor Ikwild, safety Bill Doody, and place-kicker David Prizzia.
Eight players from four different league schools dotted the second and third teams. Washington and Lee University and ODAC leading rusher, Luke Heinsohn, is the conference's lone representative on second team offense. Defensively, he is joined by fellow General, safety Jake Pelton, as well as H-SC lineman Will Riggenbach. The ODAC's third team representation included W&L center and 2010 ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete, Greg Kurkis, as well as Randolph-Macon College receiver Earl Peoples and tackle Morgan Cross. Ben Keyser joined his Yellow Jacket teammates as the third team punter, and was joined by Bridgewater defensive lineman Dominic Jeter in rounding out the ODAC's honorees.
The D3football.com All-Region Teams are a precursor to the organizations All-America squads that will be released next week as the NCAA Division III seasons comes to a conclusion with the 38th Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va. The playoffs are currently in the semifinal round, with winners this weekend making the trip to the Roanoke Valley for a 3:30 p.m. kick-off on Saturday, December 18, in Salem Stadium.
The ODAC's strong showing in the all-region process comes on the heels of an equally impressive set of announcements earlier this week in Richmond. ODAC athletes swept each of five state-wide college division awards presented by the Touchdown Club of Richmond in conjunction with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Beiler took home the inaugural Willie Lanier Award as the state's top player amongst NCAA Division II, III and NAIA competitors. Virgina Tech's Tyrod Taylor won the Dudley Award, which honors the state's best NCAA Division I football player.
Beiler was one of four position award winners, also presented by the Touchdown Club of Richmond. He was named the Offensive End of the Year, and was joined on that side of the ball by H-SC quarterback Travis Lane, who was tabbed the Offensive Back of the Year. Defensively, two more Tigers received accolades. Riggenbach was chosen as the winner of the Defensive End of the Year honor for the second time in as many years. Ikwild, the 2010 ODAC Lou Wacker Defensive Player of the Year, was named the Linebacker/Defensive Back of the Year.
Listed below are links to learn more about each of the awards mentioned above. For more on ODAC football, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com.
D3football.com All-Region Teams
Touchdown Club of Richmond