Jennings, Riggenbach Headline All-ODAC Teams

Jennings, Riggenbach Headline All-ODAC Teams

Favret Top Coach, Biggerstaff Named ROY

SALEM, Va. --- Emory & Henry running back Caleb Jennings and Hampden-Sydney defensive lineman Will Riggenbach headline the 2009 All-ODAC Football Awards as they were tabbed the league's offensive and defensive players of the year.  H-SC mentor Marty Favret was named the ODAC Coach of the Year while Guilford offensive lineman Daniel Biggerstaff was selected as the conference's top rookie.  The ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete Award went to a pair of student-athletes.  H-SC linebacker Josh Miller and Washington and Lee offensive lineman Greg Kurkis share the honor.

Jennings, a junior, crossed the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season as he led the ODAC with 1,371 yards.  He also posted a league-best 14 rushing touchdowns and 1,919 all-purpose yards.  He ran for an ODAC season-high and personal career-high 239 yards in the season finale against Guilford, marking one of two games in which an ODAC runner surpassed 200 yards rushing this season.  Jennings owns three of the top five best rushing yardage days this year, having crossed the 100-yard plateau seven times (tied for tops in the league).  For his career, Jennings has run for 2,606 yards on 454 carries with 23 touchdowns via the ground.

Riggenbach, a junior, made his living in the opposing offensive backfield this season.  He racked up an ODAC-best 14.5 sacks as part of 18.5 tackles for a loss, a mark that stands second in the conference.  He had two or more TFL's in five of 11 games played, recording at least one sack in all but three games.  Riggenbach had a season-high four sacks at Gettysburg in the Tigers' second game of the season, setting the Bullets offense back 26 yards.  He finished with 51 total tackles with 34 solo stops.

Favret led Hampden-Sydney to their first trip to the NCAA postseason since the 2006 campaign.  The Tigers' 10-0 regular season record marked the first undefeated schedule under Favret and the program's second unblemished record overall (10-0 in 1971).  Favret currently owns a 72-30 record through 10 seasons at Hampden-Sydney.

Biggerstaff helped transform the Quakers' offense from a pass-heavy attack into more of a balanced unit.  Guilford ran for 1,452 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2009, a difference of a little more than 20 yards per game than in 2008.  Biggerstaff played in all 10 games for the Quakers this season.

Miller and Kurkis were both named to the 2009 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 3 First Team, making them eligible for Academic All-America consideration.  Miller, a senior linebacker, boasts a 3.85 grade point average while majoring in history and religion.  Miller finished second on the team with 83 total tackles and 17 tackles for a loss this season.  He also had seven sacks.  He adds this award to an All-ODAC First Team honor this season.  Kurkis, a junior offensive lineman, is a former ODAC Rookie of the Year.  He maintains a 4.083 grade point average while majoring in biochemistry.  His work on the offensive line helped the Generals average 201.4 rushing yards per game this season.  Kurkis was named to the All-ODAC Second Team.

Listed below are the 2009 All-ODAC Football Teams.  For more information, visit any of the participating schools' websites or go to the ODAC's NEW home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com.  


2009 All-ODAC Football Teams

J. Stokeley Fulton Offensive Player of the Year:
Caleb Jennings, RB, Emory & Henry
Lou Wacker Defensive Player of the Year: Will Riggenbach, DL, Hampden-Sydney
Coach of the Year: Marty Favret, Hampden-Sydney
Rookie of the Year: Daniel Biggerstaff, OL, Guilford
ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Greg Kurkis, OL, Washington and Lee
ODAC/Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Josh Miller, LB, Hampden-Sydney

ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM
Offense
Corey Sedlar, QB, Hampden-Sydney
Caleb Jennings, RB, Emory & Henry
Thomas Tate, RB, Bridgewater
Sean Cavanagh, WR, Hampden-Sydney
Earl Peoples, WR, Randolph-Macon
Corey Shepherd, TE, Emory & Henry
Steve Mathews, APB, Randolph-Macon
Rich Brennan, OL, Catholic
Charlie Craigle, OL, Washington and Lee
James Hairston, OL, Emory & Henry
Ben Rogers, OL, Hampden-Sydney
Louis Sanchez, OL, Bridgewater
Josh Storm, PK, Randolph-Macon

Defense
Gamal Alwan, DL, Randolph-Macon
Markus Brunson, DL, Guilford
Matt Cassilly, DL, Washington and Lee
Will Riggenbach, DL, Hampden-Sydney
Jeremy Bowry, LB, Randolph-Macon
Josh Miller, LB, Hampden-Sydney
Andrew Sellers, LB, Hampden-Sydney
Ed Smith, LB, Emory & Henry
Darius Burrus, DB, Bridgewater
Aubry Dicks, DB, Bridgewater
Bill Doody, DB, Hampden-Sydney
Donavon Sawyer, DB, Washington and Lee
T.J. Frazier, P, Emory & Henry


ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM
Offense
Austin Faulkner, QB, Randolph-Macon
Jonathan Clemo, RB, Washington and Lee
Thaddeus Scruggs, RB, Randolph-Macon
Tyler Beiler, WR, Bridgewater
Justin Parker, WR, Guilford
Andrew Bruckner, TE, Hampden-Sydney
Cain Ringstaff, APB, Emory & Henry
Morgan Cross, OL, Randolph-Macon
Ryan Elliot, OL, Emory & Henry
Greg Kurkis, OL, Washington and Lee
Chris McNicholas, OL, Catholic
Layne Sheppard, OL, Bridgewater
Brad Scott, PK, Guilford

Defense
Andrew Giordani, DL, Emory & Henry
Jaryd Grimsley, DL, Randolph-Macon
Austin Icaza, DL, Bridgewater
Jason Jones, DL, Bridgewater
Trevor Ikwild, LB, Hampden-Sydney
Rob Look, LB, Washington and Lee
Richie Paul, LB, Guilford
Christian Stahl, LB, Randolph-Macon
Tyler Brown, DB, Emory & Henry
Kenneth Hyman III, DB, Guilford
Jemehl Williams, DB, Randolph-Macon
Boaz Young-el, DB, Hampden-Sydney
Tim Newman, P, Bridgewater


HONORABLE MENTION ALL-ODAC
Patrick Smoot, WR, Bridgewater
Tony Konate, DB, Bridgewater
Jim Geringer, OL, Catholic
Joe Mayer, LB, Catholic
Eric Tilson, OL, Emory & Henry
Josh Yates, DL, Emory & Henry
Billy Watkins, QB, Guilford
Jordan Nelson, DB, Guilford
E.K. Smock, APB, Hampden-Sydney
Thomas Hovis, DB, Hampden-Sydney
Dan Crouch, HB, Randolph-Macon
Joe Pricone, DL, Randolph-Macon
Daniel Kohl, TE ,Washington and Lee
Jeff Boateng, DL, Washington and Lee