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17 Tigers Honored with All-SCAC Gridiron Honors

November 26, 2008

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November 26, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - Coming off an 8-2 season including a tie for second in the final Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference standings, the DePauw football team was well represented on the all-conference team with 17 selections including four on the first team in voting by the conference's nine head coaches. The complete team is available here.

Left tackle Casey Ellinger, center Ian Yearwood, wide receiver Alex Koors and defensive end Michael McNelis each earned first team honors.

Ellinger and Yearwood, both seniors, were mainstays on the offensive line for the last three years with Ellinger starting 31 straight games and Yearwood 30. Yearwood was a second team selection each of the last two years, while Ellinger earned honorable mention last year.

The pair anchored an offensive line which helped the Tigers to the second-highest single-season point total (314) in school history, the highest pass completion percentage (67.4) and the fifth-best total offense (397.2 yards/game) average in school history. 

Koors, a sophomore, earned honorable mention in 2007 and was second on the team this season with 55 receptions for a team-high 926 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. His receiving yards were the fourth-highest single-season total in school history, while the receptions matched the 11th highest.

Koors topped the 100-yard receiving plateau on four occasions including a 220-yard performance on September 20 at Centre which equaled the second-best single-game performance in school history. He earned SCAC Player of the Week honors and was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week for that performance. Koors leads the conference with 102.9 receiving yards per game which also ranks 21st in Division III.

McNelis, a senior, was a first team selection in 2007 and a second team choice in 2006. He totaled 30 tackles including 14 solos, 5.5 for loss and 4.0 sacks. McNelis also had a team-high nine quarterback hurries, recovered a pair of fumbles and was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week following the Anderson game. He finished his career with 15.5 sacks which tied for fourth in school history.

Eight Tigers earned second team honors with three on offense, four on defense and a kicker. Senior right tackle Eric Lundorf, junior quarterback Spud Dick and sophomore wide receiver Bryan Mulligan were the offensive choices.

Lundorf was a two-year starter on the offensive line including each of the last 20 contests and earned his first all-SCAC honor.

Dick, a second team choice last year, completed a school-record 67.8 percent of his passes this year and his 2,896 passing yards were the second-highest single-season total in DePauw history as were his 2,871 total offense yards.

His 25 touchdown passes matched the second-best DePauw single-season total. Dick set DePauw career records this year for passing yards (6,527), pass completions (532) and total offense yards (6,521). He earned SCAC Offensive Player of the Week honors on two occasions this season.

Mulligan caught a team-high 56 passes which equaled the 10th best single-season total in school history. He finished with 526 receiving yards and heads into his senior season ranked fifth with 154 career catches and eighth with 1,778 career receiving yards. Mulligan was a first team selection last year and honorable mention in 2006.

Three defensive linemen earned spots on the second team including junior end Alex Fitch and sophomore tackles Tyler Doane and Ryan Huffman. Freshman cornerback Steve Valdiserri also earned the distinction.

Fitch totaled 23 tackles including 3.0 for loss and 1.5 sacks and blocked six kicks. He was a two-time D3football.com Team of the Week selection this year and SCAC Special Teams Player of the Week once.

scac-football470x315.gifDoane totaled 24 tackles with 4.5 for loss and 2.0 sacks, while Huffman finished with 26 tackles including 2.5 for loss and 0.5 sacks with two forced fumbles. Valdiserri totaled 28 tackles and had a team-high four interceptions including two in the Tigers' 36-14 Monon Bell win over Wabash for which he earned SCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Junior kicker Jordan Havercamp was a second team choice at placekicker after connecting on 31 of 36 extra points and 11 of 14 field goals. He added a touchdown run for a team-high 70 points.

Havercamp's 11 field goals were the second-most in a DePauw season and he nailed three in a game twice in the last four games. Havercamp was 9-10 inside of 40 yards and was a two-time SCAC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Earning honorable mention were seniors Chris Gasbarra (WR), Marc Hoeppner (SS), junior Tarren Collins (LB), sophomore Brayden Dahlstrom (WR) and freshman Jon Ellis (RB).

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